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post #1 of 19 Old 05-16-2012, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Smile what age should you break to ride

my gelding is 16 months old at the moment we bought him 2 weeks ago with mum need some advice on what we are going to need to break him for riding and shows and at what age new to all this but not horses xx
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post #2 of 19 Old 05-16-2012, 03:11 PM
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The earliest you should be introducing him to a saddle is 2 years old, and keep the rides short.

Many people break completely at 3, while some wait until the horse is 4. IMO, later is better, because the horse will be useful longer if you let them mature some physically before training them under saddle.

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Just for now, due to his age, I wouldn't do anything but get him used to be handled. Some ground work, lead line stuff, and that is about it until he turns 2. As far as a saddle, not until he is at least 3 (some people advocate earlier but that depends on what you are going to do with him, how much of it, and whether he is mature enough both physically and mentally).

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The earliest you should be introducing him to a saddle is 2 years old, and keep the rides short.

Many people break completely at 3, while some wait until the horse is 4. IMO, later is better, because the horse will be useful longer if you let them mature some physically before training them under saddle.

You can show him in hand if you just want the show ground experience for him.
thanks I will start to break to ride at 4 then great advice x
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I like to start them right around 2 years old. But I don't push them really hard for a few months. I know some who like to start them around 18 months. But they are going to win futuritys.
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What breed is your gelding?

So much depends on the horse. Many people start colts as long yearlings (too early imo) .. most at two or three. Arabians, even older than that.

Horses develop at different rates .. there is no hurry if you want your horse to be useful well into his twenties and even thirties .. take your time!

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We start them under saddle between 3 and 4 depending on their maturity.
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post #8 of 19 Old 05-16-2012, 03:44 PM
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I also start mine undersaddle sometime between 3 and 4 years of age.

Before that though, there are tons of ground work exercises - lunging, basic manners, proper leading (can't tell you how many horses I see that really don't know how to lead right - they are either dragging behind or trying to drag their handler), yeilding to pressure in all directions, ground driving, desensitizing etc - that can be worked on until the horse is ready for saddle work. The more you do on the ground typically the easier actual saddle breaking will be.
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Welcome to the forum!

I also like to wait until the 3rd year. I work with Quarter Horses. But the time between now and the age of 3 is also very important. Take the time to get all the ground work and desensitizing. We also like to haul our youngsters to playdays simply to get the experience of the atmosphere.

It is also a great opportunity to bond with him so that when the time comes to break him out, he will be much more trusting of all that you do together. =)
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We also like to haul our youngsters to playdays simply to get the experience of the atmosphere.
Doing 4H or high school ag days is great for the young ones.
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