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  • What is the best age to break a national hunt horse
  • How do you break in a horse at the age of 3?

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    05-14-2010, 05:52 PM
  #21
Trained
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Originally Posted by luvridinhorses    
She was a wild child... I was told put her in a rodeo, she was crazy.
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I have never broke a horse before her but I have been doing basic ground work, I have lunged her in a saddle (which needs work)...
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... my 11 yr old daughter this past week sat on her bareback...
Must say... I'm a little disturbed to have read all that in one paragraph.
     
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    05-14-2010, 07:14 PM
  #22
Weanling
We typically wait until they're 3 coming 4. They go through so many changes from 2-4 that we wait until 4 so that they've matured into themselves and have a solid sense of body awareness. Any sooner, as we have found, can sometimes lead to future issues.
We had a filly that we lightly started at 2 1/2 and she was a piece of cake. She had the winter and spring off and was started up again in the summer. She had changed so much in her body and mind that the 2nd time around she had a hard time because she was lost in her new self which made what she already thought she knew more challenging. It definitely depends from horse to horse, but we generally wait until 4. They have the rest of their lives ahead of them I like to think its fair to them to allow them to grow up.
That being said, we don't wait until 4 to do basic training such as good ground manners, being ponied on the trail, exposed to stuff here and there, things that make them more functional later on.
     
    05-14-2010, 08:25 PM
  #23
Foal
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Originally Posted by aforred    
None of the horses we started at two burned out, at least n ot while we owned them. I'm a firm believer in balancing work and play. We always got them out of a pen as soon as they were ready. It's amazing how much you can teach one out on the trail or going down the road. The key to our program was to keep them from getting bored, and to be able to read them.
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Well, it depends how hard you work the horse at that age of course, like if you jump a two year old there more then likely going to have troubles in there future, same with reining, barrel racing, racing (usaully).
     
    05-14-2010, 08:31 PM
  #24
Trained
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Originally Posted by LolHorse    
Well, it depends how hard you work the horse at that age of course, like if you jump a two year old there more then likely going to have troubles in there future, same with reining, barrel racing, racing (usaully).
I have been reining for close to 15 years. I have owned and started many 2yo who have gone on to show and every single horse has retired sound. Starting a 2yo in reining when done correctly and is conformationally correct does not burn them out or hurt them. Most of the time they are started before they are actually 2.
     
    05-14-2010, 09:06 PM
  #25
Foal
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Originally Posted by nrhareiner    
I have been reining for close to 15 years. I have owned and started many 2yo who have gone on to show and every single horse has retired sound. Starting a 2yo in reining when done correctly and is conformationally correct does not burn them out or hurt them. Most of the time they are started before they are actually 2.
Yes, I understand I own a reining horse myself. Like I said it depends how hard you ride the horse.
     
    05-14-2010, 09:29 PM
  #26
Started
Well just putting this in here that I have heard more often that all horses regardless of breed mature at the same rate as in the same bones fuse at the same age for all breeds
     
    05-14-2010, 09:31 PM
  #27
Foal
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Originally Posted by savvylover112    
well just putting this in here that I have heard more often that all horses regardless of breed mature at the same rate as in the same bones fuse at the same age for all breeds
But that's what you heard. I've also heard pigs fly, but do they?
Not saying what you said is false, heck it may be true.
     
    05-14-2010, 09:34 PM
  #28
Green Broke
^ that's what I've heard too. But in my opinion age 3-4 is good. :]
     
    05-14-2010, 09:35 PM
  #29
Started
Lol well I have seen pigs fly so there lol

Well over here it really depends what the horse is going to be doing and what it is bred for generally here in Ireland the breaking age is 3 for any breed. If it is a TB however it gets complicated. If it is going to be a flat racer it will be broken as a yearling which I think is way too young, if they want to flat race but then move onto over hurdles they tend to break them at 2 and a half which is a more suitable age and if they are bred as national hunt horses they will be broken as three year olds left out and then brought back in in their fourth year for training and starting racing.
     
    05-14-2010, 09:42 PM
  #30
Weanling
I personally think 2.5/3 years is old enough to start riding however I won't jump until at least 4.
     

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