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        10-31-2009, 06:51 PM
      #1
    Yearling
    too young?

    My friend just got a 4 month old filly.. she is putting the saddle on her at age 1.
    Isnt that wayy too young!? I sure think so
         
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        10-31-2009, 07:04 PM
      #2
    Green Broke
    What kind of saddle?

    I was setting an old lightweight kid's English saddle on Zierra when she was only 6 months old. Not doing it up or anything, but getting her used to the motions. It's so light, there's no harm it can do.

    By the time she was a yearling, I was doing it up on her and playing around with her. She didn't see a Western saddle until she was 3 years old though.
         
        10-31-2009, 07:05 PM
      #3
    Yearling
    It weighs 30 lbs.. I think.
    Its a western saddle
         
        10-31-2009, 07:09 PM
      #4
    Green Broke
    At a year old, I don't much think it will harm her. Think of all the yearling Thoroughbreds and stock horses not only being saddled, but RIDDEN at that age. I'd be thankful if all she does is put a saddle on her.

    I prefer to wait personally. The weight isn't what bothers horses, it's the cinch/girth. Just as much can be accomplished by using a surcingle. Maybe mention that to her?
         
        10-31-2009, 07:16 PM
      #5
    Yearling
    Oh kay
    Also heres a vid of her riding :/
         
        10-31-2009, 07:20 PM
      #6
    Green Broke
    It's kind of a crying shame, she'd be a fantastic little rider if she'd stop trying to "cowboy" it up by yanking her horse all over the place. She's got great natural balance, she's just far to busy trying to "show off" it seems.

    I really hope she doesn't break the filly in that way Is she getting help at all?? She's so tiny, I'd be uber scared of something happening to her.
         
        10-31-2009, 07:22 PM
      #7
    Yearling
    I completely agree. She has amazing balance. She thinks she's awesome just cause she goes fast. That's how she shows off.

    She wont get hurt, if anything she will hurt the horse.. she is very aggressive
         
        10-31-2009, 07:23 PM
      #8
    Trained
    I think it is wrong personally. The horse's joints, spine, neck, knee's aren't even fused what-so-ever so by putting any amount of weight on their backs, is wrong in my books.

    There is nothing wrong with playing with the Yearling at all. Handling on the ground. Touching. Picking up feet. Exposing the yearling to as much as possible, while still allowing the yearling to be a baby.

    This girl is going to get hurt if she is as agressive as stated, and impatient. I hope she does she it'll open her eyes to her uneducation and ignorance.
         
        10-31-2009, 07:55 PM
      #9
    Started
    Hmm. Personally I don't see anything wrong with a SMALL saddle. I am going to buy a light, pony saddle for my weanling to wear a little, when he's a year or so. Just putting it on for a few minutes and taking it off. Western saddles seem heavier to me then english, so maybe talk to her about getting a cheep little saddle on ebay or craigslist, or maybe a racing saddle, thoes are VERY light.
         
        10-31-2009, 10:30 PM
      #10
    Showing
    I personally wouldn't put any kind of saddle on a horse until after they were at least 2, preferably 3 or 4. If she wants to get the horse used to having something on her back, a saddle pad with surcingle(sp?) would suffice but there are so many other things that she could be doing to better prepare the filly for riding.
         

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