Flash is my 19-mo-old AQHA palomino and a very eager learner. I bought him a little over a month ago and started training him using clicker training. I've trained all our other horses (all AQHA and one APHA) since I was about 10 years old, but this is the first time I've done clicker training. Now, a month later, he's doing everything I could possibly want and then some of from the ground (if you're curious about what I've been able to do feel free to ask - I've got to admit I'm going to be a clicker trainer for life now!) - including saddling up and flexing with a minimal amount of pressure to both sides and vertically. So now what? Mentally he's ready for it and I've actually sat on him with the kids saddle a couple times for less than 5 minutes each time, then today I rode him twice bareback (to minimize the weight) for less than 5 minutes each time.
I know I can't really "work" him until he's at least two or three years old, but can I just ask him to walk and turn/flex for 5 minutes or less maybe 2-3 times each week? I'm 21 and weigh a little less than 130 and my saddle (if I did get on him with a saddle but like I said he did fantastic bareback) is on the lighter side. Flash is very well built, wide, muscular, will be about 15.1 hands (though he still has about 8 inches to grow), and has excellent confirmation - his only flaw is that he's toed out a little in the back - maybe he will grow out of it? '
Just to give some perspective, he's my only horse so I'm not spending time working with other horses. My dad had me ride and break our other family horses between 18mo to two years old, but then again I was around 10-15 years old and 80-100lbs at the time. Flash is my baby and his health and safety are my first priority. Thanks!