02-01-2012, 05:59 PM
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Definately not before the horse is at least 2 years of age - and if you want to start earlier ask the vet to evaluate horses physical maturity. Even lunging a horse in tight circles before their knees (and legs) are ready can cause lameness down the road.
It is not height that determines when to start saddle work, it is the horses physical and mental maturity. In the interim work on the in-handwork - horse should tie and stand quietly (no pawing), pick up hooves and stand quietly for farrier and vet, stand, lead (not brage ahead or lag behind), back and turn towards and away from handler.
You also need to get wolf teeth removed and teeth looked at in general before ever putting a bit in their mouth.