Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sweden - the land of carrots and apples
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..)
Always keep your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.
Last edited by Zab; 11-16-2008 at 04:10 PM.