Is 18 months to Early to break in?

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    08-25-2010, 02:16 AM
Is 18 months to Early to break in?

Hey guys, I have been busting my guts to break in my colt, im only very little and very light, frankie is 18 months old and I want to start breaking him or even start mouthing him would this be too early? He is a Crabbet arabianX
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    08-25-2010, 02:18 AM
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Yes. I think it is. Do plenty of good solid ground work with him. Give him time to grow up before you start mounting and riding. Let him be a horse for a little while.
    08-25-2010, 02:36 AM
18 months is VERY young!! His brain has not matured enough to deal with the demands of being broken in, but most importantly, his spine has not fused at that age, so even a very light person sitting on him could cause severe and irreversable damage. Particularly if he went to buck, this could cause him severe injury.

Why the rush to ride him? If you brought/bred a youngster, you have to be patient enough to wait until they're mature enough for breaking, and when they ARE broken, you're looking at another couple of years before you can start any serious work with them. Young horses are a long and slow process.

In the meantime, you can mouth him if you're desperate. Rug him, through saddles cloths on him, do as much groundwork as you possibly can with him, think that you're 'bombproofing' him so walking him through all different situations. Float train him, take him out to places to let him look around etc. There is a lot you can do with them until they're broken.

But the most important lesson he can learn, is just how to be a horse, and to fit in with herd dynamics. He should be paddocked in with a group of horses and allowed to 'just be a horse' before you start drilling him with education.
    08-25-2010, 02:39 AM
Yes, it's too early. He's still a baby. It's hardly worth the risk. Give him another year.
    08-25-2010, 03:41 AM
That wasnt my intension of "drilling education" into him, he float loads, ties, rugs, pick up feet, wash, clip, knows the seven games and I was enquiring about having him mouthed, and start to break him in eg, on the ground more than anything, he runs on 4000 acres of oats atm with a few other horses but being a colt he can't be with them for too much longer, I bred him and wanted to start him then turn him back out. This wouldnt work?
Ofcause im not going to put hard work into him, I thought have him backed and then put him back in the show ring as lead. When he is fully developed then bring him back into work?
    08-25-2010, 03:43 AM
Wait until the poor thing is at least three! If you can't handle the wait, you really shouldn't have a horse that young.
His back and legs are not ready to hold weight. He's going to need a lot more time.

In the meantime, perfect his groundwork, tying, bathing, clipping, trailering, etc etc. If you choose to start him early, expect him to go lame early.
    08-25-2010, 03:46 AM
Ok.. I kinda put this post up for a little advice not to be pointed out and told I what I shouldnt own.. take the time to read my 2nd post please?? ^^ isnt this what the forum is for?
    08-25-2010, 03:47 AM
You can throw a roller on him to get him used to a girth, and you could put a light saddle on him, but don't try getting on him until he's older. Why risk it? If you're that desperate to sit on him, get another horse to ride to satisfy your desire to ride, until he's older.
    08-25-2010, 03:49 AM
Thanks kayty. Been a good help.
    08-25-2010, 03:55 AM
We posted at the same time, so I couldn't read your post.

I was not telling you that you shouldn't own the horse unless you were trying to break him (saddling up and mounting) at this age. Just being honest. That's a very serious situation because it would cause irreversible damage.
Generally when someone is talking about breaking in a horse they mean saddling him up and mounting, neither of which should be done. There shouldn't be any harm in putting something very light on him for a short time just to get him used to the feeling of something on his back and around his waist, but nothing more than that. If you don't have something very light to put on him, I'd wait.
When you say mouthing, I assume that is the same as bitting/bridling? I don't think there would be harm in that, but I could be mistaken.

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