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    05-16-2012, 03:59 PM
  #11
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Originally Posted by sharonm2245    
thanks I will start to break to ride at 4 then great advice x
It will be great if you wait until then, he will get a chance to mature and grow and you won't risk damaging him. That gives you plenty of time to make sure that all his ground work is in place, doing it that way usually means that they are a lot quicker to learn once you get on them.

When are you going to post some pics!
     
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    05-16-2012, 04:06 PM
  #12
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If the horse is very well developed physically and mentally, you can start lightly at 2. I start mine 3-4. No hard work until 5, when all bones and joints should be done growing.

I really agree with the idea of waiting a few years to start = many more sound years under saddle. There is a 13 year old gelding on the farm that is a cripple from being ridden hard too young. Nicest horse ruined by lack of patience.
     
    05-16-2012, 09:07 PM
  #13
Started
I don't believe in starting horses any earlier than 3, and only lightly until they're 6 years old. Breed and physical appearance is irrelevant. Growth plates on any horse take 5 1/2 to 6 years to fully fuse. Their spines are the last to mature, so you have to be really conscientious about how hard you work a young horse.

There's nothing wrong with getting them used to a bridle and saddle really young, though. You should use the time before you break them to expose them to everything you can think of. It makes them a whole lot easier to work with under saddle. :)
     
    05-18-2012, 05:03 AM
  #14
Foal
Thanks guys he is a cob I will post some pics up of him and we live in harlow so if anyone is nearby that can help us it would be wonderful x
     
    05-18-2012, 09:46 AM
  #15
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My system was pretty well set. I started tacking them up at about 18 months - a 22 pound endurance saddle is not going to bother them at that age. I mostly bred for April foals and would first back them in late June around 3:00 in the afternoon, so they would be a couple months past their 3rd birthday.

I spend their first three years building the trust and foundation in preparation for actual training. IMO how well you train them before you ever back them is 10 times more important than any post-backing training they may receive.

I know the 3:00 sounds wacky, but my system is to do their initial backing and training when their biorythms and energy are low, which is in the late afternoon heat of the day in summertime. They are sleepy and lazy at that point and less apt to be bothered with anything. After a couple of weeks I start working with them when their energy level is higher, but by that point they are "broken", so the higher energy is a postive factor rather than a negative one...
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    05-18-2012, 10:13 AM
  #16
Foal
Guys I have posted pics of him on my profile my albums called tommy
     
    05-18-2012, 12:11 PM
  #17
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Originally Posted by Jessabel    
I don't believe in starting horses any earlier than 3, and only lightly until they're 6 years old. Breed and physical appearance is irrelevant. Growth plates on any horse take 5 1/2 to 6 years to fully fuse. Their spines are the last to mature, so you have to be really conscientious about how hard you work a young horse.

There's nothing wrong with getting them used to a bridle and saddle really young, though. You should use the time before you break them to expose them to everything you can think of. It makes them a whole lot easier to work with under saddle. :)

Wow That is late. I hope by 4 years old they have AQHA points or NCHA money on them and to have them really broke by 6.
Im taking my 4 year old this year on a 5 day trail ride where we ride all day every day. She has ncha money and Aqha points. She is broke broke but has huge energy.
     
    05-20-2012, 05:57 PM
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Originally Posted by cowboy bowhunter    
Wow That is late. I hope by 4 years old they have AQHA points or NCHA money on them and to have them really broke by 6.
Im taking my 4 year old this year on a 5 day trail ride where we ride all day every day. She has ncha money and Aqha points. She is broke broke but has huge energy.
Health and longevity is a little more important than money. I've never met a veterinarian that condoned breaking two-year-olds.
     
    05-20-2012, 06:01 PM
  #19
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Originally Posted by cowboy bowhunter    
Wow That is late. I hope by 4 years old they have AQHA points or NCHA money on them and to have them really broke by 6.
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It's only late in the context that you are used to.

Where I came from a horse wasn't backed until the fall of his third year, he would have a couple of rides and then come in to started formally at 4, but being a baby year not to much was expected.

So people starting at 2 makes me say WOW why so early.
     

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