04-11-2008, 10:12 AM
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I'm in agreeance with Kyani, and she wrote a really good response, but I thought I'd chuck my two cents in.
If I got a horse as a weanling, I would make sure it knew how to lead and tie, pick up his feet, stand patiently to be groomed, and be respectful of your space. Other than that, I would let the horse just be a horse!
I would reinforce these things until the horse was 3, then bring it in to be lightly started. I would start with groundwork (ground-driving), slowly introduce the bridle then saddle, and get them started lightly under saddle. I won't force them to do anything, but rather let it tell me when it was ready to progress. I would be fine with cantering a 3 year old, but on a large circle, and just briefly.
Once the horse was okay with basic walk, trot and possibly canter, I would chuck them out to pasture for a few months, then bring them back and start over again.
I would never start a 2 year old though...