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post #1 of 8 Old 11-16-2008, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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breaking a young horse vent

So I was browsing around on my facebook today when I read something that bothered me... she was bragging about how well the first ride went... her horse is barely 18 months old. The mare is out of some top AQHA english horses. She is a really cute mare but very fined boned yet, she will get much taller yet.

I guess it just bothers me to see these young horses not being able to grow up

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post #2 of 8 Old 11-16-2008, 12:30 PM
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That is quite upsetting. I don't even start to think about getting on a horse until it's three or so. What's the rush, anyhow? There's so much you can do on the ground... and the more groundwork you do, the better it will be when you actually get on.
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post #3 of 8 Old 11-16-2008, 01:11 PM
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Can you talk to this girl? Can you tell her why itís not a good idea?

If she refuses to listen to you; there is nothing you can do.
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post #4 of 8 Old 11-16-2008, 04:08 PM
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I have nothing against sitting on a young horse..
But then I mean like.. sit a few times, only a second per time, and then get off and praise, just to get them used with you doing weird stuff like getting up on their backs. No real riding untill they're three or four.
Some weight on the horse when it's 2-3 but somewhat lighter than a rider (maybe a heavy saddle or something some 10 minutes a few times a week for a period) ; their bodys grows to adjust to the weight too, so a good amount (not too much) of weight in early training is good too, if it's done with a lot of other physical and psycical training of course.
A lot of people avoid weight way too much, and then when the horse is of a certain age, they go too fast then instead, it takes more than a year for the skeleton to adjust to a rider properly especially in older horses.. It's a fine balance to do it right, absolutely not too much, but not too little either.

But by your reaction I take it she wasn't just sitting for a second before giving a years ''break'' and let the horse think about it untill it's ready to be ridden a little more, but rather a ride and preparation for real rides in the soon future? And that's way too early. :/

No real riding before 3-4 years.. and even then start it slow..

(all mental training should start as early as possible since it's easier for a foal to learn than a three yearsold full of hormones or a grown up horse. It makes them calm and gives confidence too. But their bodys has to adjust to the physical training..)

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post #5 of 8 Old 11-17-2008, 05:23 AM
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I don't like to see horses broken in that young either! They're not only not physically mature but most aren't mentally mature either!! We don't break horses in any earlier than 4yo but most are broken as 5yo.

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post #6 of 8 Old 11-17-2008, 10:04 AM
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It's one thing to just sit on the horse, it's quite another to be riding a horse at 18 months. In TN it seems to be general practice to break and trail ride 18 month old colts, which I completely disagree with. We will start a colt at 2, maybe do 30 days then leave them for another year and do it again as a 3 year old We do start some of our Walkers at 2 1/2 but they are riden maybe 2 or 3 times a month and not riden hard and riden by my husband who only weighs 130lbs. Race Horse industry is another industry that breaks before 2 and I think thats too early for TBs. We have one and we waited til she was 4 to start her and she's just been ridden at the walk for the first couple months. So we know our mare when she is sold to the right home will stay sound for any discipline someone may want to do with her.
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post #7 of 8 Old 11-17-2008, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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There probably isnt any reasoning with her. She paid a lot for this filly and it is in the Incentive Fund... she wants to get it into the 2 year old classes and try to win some money. I dont have a problem with saddling at the age... but no weight until atleast two and this mare is 6 months off from that.

I can forsee this horse either breaking down at a young age, or getting really sour about stuff... very sad

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post #8 of 8 Old 11-17-2008, 12:17 PM
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That's rough... I hate seeing colts and fillies broken in at a year and a half... Right now, my uncle has a year and a half old filly who is extremely small and fine boned and he's breaking her in to pull a buggy with over 200 pounds in it and he's recently started teaching her to ride, which, IMO is going to break her down before she's 10 years old...

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