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post #11 of 16 Old 04-24-2008, 06:44 PM
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In my opinion 2 years old is WAY to young. It's like asking a 13 year old to start marathon training.

Depending on the breed I don't get near my horses until they are 3 and a half. I know my mare because of her breeding I wont touch or do anything until she is at least 4. She's going to be growing for quite a while.

When I do start them its all ground work for the first few months or the first year, give their joints time to heal. The last thing I want to be doing is injecting their hocks because they've been over worked.
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post #12 of 16 Old 04-24-2008, 10:02 PM
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Newborn - Touch them all over, make sure they trust people.
1month - 1.5 - Again, make sure they are fine with leading, touching them, and brushing (obviously not a big old hard brush).
1.5 years - 2.5 years - Get them used to the above, but take them out almost everyday, turn them out in the arena, get them used to more "scary" things. Maybe even lead them on the trail.
2.5 years - Start lunging, and putting the saddle on.
3 years - get used to human weight, and when ready, get on and walk for a while. And, start lunging.
3.5 years - Start actually walk, trot and canter.
4 years - Do ground poles, get them balanced, maybe even enter a few dressage/flat (if you are focusing on this discipline) classes and take them to new places.
5 years & up - Jumping, and get them into the world a lot more.

I know I'd start my horses a lot later than most, but that's my opinion. I'd let their joints and muscles settle.
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post #13 of 16 Old 04-25-2008, 01:47 AM
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2 is too young to be under saddle but not being prepared for saddle
3 is a great age to start the basic under saddle work :)
4 is a good age for starting to intensify things a LITTLE :)

thats my opinion anyways but i definitely think that 2 is too young for under saddle work

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post #14 of 16 Old 04-25-2008, 01:50 AM
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Originally Posted by tim
Depends on the horse.
how is that of any help at all? lol no offence but it doesnt really answer the question

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post #15 of 16 Old 05-03-2008, 04:55 PM
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Re: Breaking in a horse

Originally Posted by Horse_Chick
I was just wondering when people think you should start a horse. I think 2 is a good age but what do otheres think.
When should you start them?
How young is too young?
How old is too old?

Start training him/her at 2.5 years with just leading and the basic, stop and go comands, tieing, and what not. put the sadly on him and her. for 6 months and then when he/she turns three take him to a trainer and let them do the rest.
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post #16 of 16 Old 05-03-2008, 05:28 PM
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I personally think the horse should be saddle broken at 2 but not ridden until 3 years of age. And that the 3 yr. old horse shouldn't be ridden much, but just enought to get basics installed into thier memory. And then at four the real work should begin.
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