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    10-03-2009, 11:26 PM
  #1
Yearling
Breaking to ride?

If any of you have read my other posts you know I drive horses (train STB racehorses for a living), but I know NOTHING about riding and im not afraid to admit that! The only riding I have done is my retired racehorse, now broodmare at home, and a few other horses we have had. I had a western saddle, and how I do it (im probably dumb for it too!) is just saddle them up and try to get on. Most of them ride but we have had a couple who wouldnt. So if they do they do, if they don't they don't.

My questions:

1- how hard is it to break a horse to ride? I have a 2yr old who is broke to drive but hasnt raced yet (she will race at 3 though). If her racing career didnt work out, I thought it would be nice to have her broke to ride.

2- she's kind of short, but she's stocky. I don't have any recent pics, but will put in one of when she was a yearling, and when she just started training to race when she just turned 2. How do you determine if you are too heavy to ride a certain horse or not?


Yearling pic





Training pic

     
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    10-04-2009, 03:07 AM
  #2
Started
A driving horse is usually pretty easy to transition over to riding. They just need to get used to someone ON them, and used to legs (yours lol). They do need to learn how to balance with a rider, so just like starting a horse with no training, you have to go slow ect, but they are usually easier to take to it.
     
    10-04-2009, 11:47 AM
  #3
Yearling
Thanks a lot! Good to know. I figured as much since most of my racehorses ride the first time. How do you determine if you're too big to ride a certain horse though? I've seen a lot of people asking if they were too big for their pony and such. I wondered if theres a way to determine that without actually riding
     
    10-04-2009, 03:03 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Really, it's the exact same as you'd do with driving, just with different gear. As a trainer of racehorses, I'm sure you know exactly how to condition them to a harness and cart so the theory and principal are going to be the same for a saddle and weight.

As for size, most adult horses in most breeds are capable of carrying fairly extreme weight. Heck, even ponies are, actually they're built to carry even more weight but in a relation to their size. Icelandic horses are technically ponies and are able to carry full grown men with ease - it's funny to watch, I swear their feet almost touch the ground sometimes!

Unless you're pushing over 300lbs, a Standardbred should have no problems carrying you. Think about it - Quarter Horses aren't big horses, most rodeo type bred ones only push between 15hh and 16hh and they're regularly ridden by 6'0"+ men that have to weigh EASILY 250lbs in most cases (especially those bull doggers!)

My friend actually roped off a Standardbred once! Favorite roping horse he ever owned, and everyone always laughed at him until he kicked their butts! He was a solid 6'0" tall and over 200lbs, and had no problems!

That's a darn solid mare you have there to, especially if she's only 2 right now. I wouldn't worry at all about size!
     
    10-04-2009, 03:46 PM
  #5
Yearling
What a sweet looking little filly! She looks like she'd be a great riding horse after her racing days are over. But some STBD's are ridden and trained under saddle - Dewycheatumnhow (Hambo WINNER 08!) never saw a harness untill race time, so it can't hurt to try her! We have a trotter who does his jog miles under saddle, too!
I just kinda get on the STBD's also...never really a problem, they are soooo smart!
     
    10-04-2009, 09:50 PM
  #6
Yearling
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Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
That's a darn solid mare you have there to, especially if she's only 2 right now. I wouldn't worry at all about size!
thanks, she's a tank! (thanks to her momma!) all the info was helpful! I just was so unsure since all the posts asking about if they looked too large to be riding their horse/pony. I had never thought about size being a problem.

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Originally Posted by shesinthebarn    
What a sweet looking little filly! She looks like she'd be a great riding horse after her racing days are over. But some STBD's are ridden and trained under saddle - Dewycheatumnhow (Hambo WINNER 08!) never saw a harness untill race time, so it can't hurt to try her! We have a trotter who does his jog miles under saddle, too!
I just kinda get on the STBD's also...never really a problem, they are soooo smart!
thanks. She's pretty good. Looks like she will have a pretty promising racing career so far. She's definitely got the want to!
Ugh DEWEY! Did you see how much he brought in standing stud this year? I think it was something like 2.8mil! Have you seen his 2yr old trotter Shaq Is Back? Gorgeous HUGE colt. He's easily 16hh. I paddocked him at batavia when he came here for the sire stakes. I couldnt get his buxton on, I had to have someone hook it when I threw it over. And I had to stand on a bucket to get his bridle on! (im 5'5" and he was just standing normal!) I guess he thinks he can win the hambo, but we will see. He definitely has the talent!!
     
    10-04-2009, 10:33 PM
  #7
Trained
If that is you in the picture you're definitely not too big. I wiegh 300# and I'm 6'9" and I can ride just about anything without much problem. I don't like to ride two-year-olds but most seem able to carry me just fine.
     
    10-05-2009, 08:29 AM
  #8
Yearling
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
If that is you in the picture you're definitely not too big. I wiegh 300# and I'm 6'9" and I can ride just about anything without much problem. I don't like to ride two-year-olds but most seem able to carry me just fine.
i was a little heavier then too, I was 178. Im now at 168. She turns 3 early next year (but by USTA registration standards all foals are born Jan 1st.) I just thought I would get her started learning.
     
    10-09-2009, 10:32 AM
  #9
Foal
The general rule of thumb is that a horse can safely carry 30% of their body weight. So, based on your weight, you should not have any problem with her at all.
     

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