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        04-01-2011, 05:10 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    Yes I did. And though I would never do it again under 1 year, I don't regret doing it for her. And, I do agree- having a 5 year old on a greenie is sort of scary...but that discretion is up to the mother/grandmother whatever of that child.
         
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        04-02-2011, 01:36 AM
      #12
    Yearling
    I have never in my life heard of anyone starting to ride a horse before 18 months of age, and I still personally consider that too young.
    I don't care if the baby looked like it was built like a brick ****house, her poor spine was in no way shape or form ready to carry a rider. And even though you may not be seeing the ill effects now, this horse May have a slipped back or arthritis by age 5.
    I cannot imagine anyone supporting the idea of backing a horse before age one, under any circumstances.
    I am glad at least you have said you won't do it again.
    This article is a long read, but informative, I thought. Penned by a vet.

    http://www.equinestudies.org/ranger_..._2008_pdf1.pdf
         
        04-02-2011, 12:38 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    For her it was a special situtation...again, not normal circumstances. The horse was given to me at a cheap rate because it was stunted. She was all filled out, her joints stopped growing and that WAS checked by a vet by Xray and she WAS cleared to ride, again, by a vet.
         
        04-02-2011, 01:25 PM
      #14
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    I broke a filly at under a year

    Why on earth would you break a foal to saddle? I have never seen any foal under a year that I would even consider putting a saddle on, let alone breaking to ride. I can understand 2 years old... I hate that some horses are started at 18 months... but a yearling?! UNDER a year old?!
    Yikes.
    I was hoping this was a joke... and I'm really disgusted that it isn't.

         
        04-02-2011, 01:28 PM
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    Originally Posted by SAsamone    
    For her it was a special situtation...again, not normal circumstances. The horse was given to me at a cheap rate because it was stunted. She was all filled out, her joints stopped growing and that WAS checked by a vet by Xray and she WAS cleared to ride, again, by a vet.
    So... you broke a stunted foal to saddle. I highly doubt she was filled out - a foal is a foal is a foal, no matter what the breed or circumstance. In fact, the foal being stunted was even more reason to WAIT.
    I'm dumbstruck. People never cease to amaze me.
         
        04-02-2011, 01:47 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    Ok. No prob.
         

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