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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
I definitely would advise her not to, no matter how husky the filly appears. Her joints won't be closed at that age, and her bones will still be rather soft. Not to mention that in order for the granddaughter (who would be 40-50 pounds) would have to have a saddle, and even and english saddle weighs about 10 pounds. Western saddles weigh more like 20. That would mean atleast sixty pounds of weight on a very young back. It could be disasterous. Not to mention that this is a FIVE year old that this lady is talking about putting on an unbroken filly. Even if the animal is the tamest filly to walk the planet, there is SO much risk in that. It wouldn't be a good idea. Most likely this five year old doesn't know how to ride, much less sit a buck or a bolt. She probably doesnt even know how to emergency dismount! And think about how badly it would turn out of the grandaughter DID get hurt, and she was afraid of horses for the rest of her life! Especially with trotting, the filly might get too excited and take off - not meaning to hurt anyone, but just being a filly. No, its better to just introduce her to a saddle at that young of an age ( really, I wouldnt even do that at less than two.) and just spend time on ground manners, responding to pressure, etc. THEN when the filly is old enough, be started by an ADULT. I'm assuming this lady knows how to ride well? I sure hope so, because breaking a horse is no easy task. Especially for a beginner.
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