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post #1 of 9 Old 07-27-2010, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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Breaking a horse... Important!

Okay, story behind this question:
Me & my Daddiey went down the road to a guy that owns horses, 7 or 8. I needed to ask him about his farrier, Khanner needs his feet done badly. So we got to talking & he said how his wife has MS so she can't really ride/ take care of all of her horses. So he is giving them away, he showed me his two yr old purebred Sorrel Arab mare, Pepper.

She is one of the best looking horses ever, no joke. I don't say things like that lightly. We live three or four houses down so his wife can come & see her.
She is two, what age should I start riding her, for Khanner I have been riding him & he is four.

I read that if you put a light saddle or saddle pad on a two year olds back to get them used to it & to clamber on at 3 for 3-4 mins at a time. Then at 4 you can start training.

What do you all think?

I have trained before but I always had older horses that needed to be worked for like 6 or 7.

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post #2 of 9 Old 07-27-2010, 11:37 AM
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I start all mine at 2. However when I say start under saddle I mean I get on and work on them give to the bit following their nose moving every inch of their body and so on. I do not go out and lope them and work them hard. They need to learn the basics and the first 30-90 days are just that. Then depending on the horse will determine if they keep on in training or turn them out of few months.

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post #3 of 9 Old 07-27-2010, 01:11 PM
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I start all of my horses at two, the only exeption to that would be a draft cross. Those I would start at 2.5 or 3. Just the way I do it though.
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post #4 of 9 Old 07-27-2010, 01:16 PM
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QH's are usually started at 2 but I think arabs are a little later... like 3 to 4 but dont qoute me!

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post #5 of 9 Old 07-27-2010, 01:16 PM
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I don't work with Arabs personally but a good friend used to own Shiloh Arabians and told me Arabs should have a little extra time to mature because they take a bit longer than other breeds. Personally I wouldn't start under saddle work until 3.
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I will start desensitizing as a yearling, but no work yet. I will put a saddle pad on them and just rub them down with various tack pieces. At two I cinch em' up and let them work it out, at three I'm on their back and at four they are ready for the futurities :)
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I'd do a bit of work at 2, VERY VERY light. Get them used to the roads (walking in hand), traffic, unusual sights, and then I'd start them properly at 3, turn them away for the summer to mature a bit and then start seriously at 4.
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At two i would work on ground manner basics such and lunging, backing up, moving hindquarters over, and turning on the hunches. Then once she has a good grip on that i would move to riding. At two, the most i would say time wise to be on her back is 10min at the most and have you or someone else on her that is about 110lbs. And that would be just walking around. Then when she is 3 or 4 work on hills and Light to med work in saddle.

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post #9 of 9 Old 07-29-2010, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, thanks so much guys!

I won't be running her or anything or really working her like I work my other horses. My dad used to race TBs & he was saying how I could get her used to having a rider for say 5 mins every few days but not ride Pepper like I ride Fairy or Khanner.

I have heard that Arabs should be started a little later but honestly the only way that I can get her is if I can prove that she won't be a total pasture pet. Um... so anywho-
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