Can i lunge my all most 2 year old horse? - The Horse Forum

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post #1 of 13 Old 11-01-2013, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Can i lunge my all most 2 year old horse?

I have a horse who was born april 2012
Can I lunge him but not running just walking?
Also can I put a saddle on his back at 3years old?
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post #2 of 13 Old 11-01-2013, 03:28 PM
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Yes, I was teaching my baby to lunge before she left her mother's side. Just don't run her around a bunch. Keep sessions short because your baby will get bored very quickly. You should be doing groundwork as the baby is growing up, don't wait until you want to back it to start and your life will be easier in most cases.

A lot of people are riding their horses by 2 (not that I recommend that), so yes, putting a saddle on their back at 3 years old should not hurt them in any way.
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post #3 of 13 Old 11-01-2013, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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Ok thank you!!
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post #4 of 13 Old 11-01-2013, 04:20 PM
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Do you have a trainer you are working with?

I'm doubting your experience level when you ask if it's okay if you put the saddle on his back. Have you done this before and do you know how?

If you don't know what you are doing, it's a great way to get into a wreck by saddling a young horse for the first time.

Just looking out for your safety.
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post #5 of 13 Old 11-01-2013, 06:36 PM
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How long have you had this horse? From this post and another I saw from you, you seem incredibly inexperienced. Why do you have a young horse?
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post #6 of 13 Old 11-01-2013, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Well, this is my first horse, and I just needed some information :)
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post #7 of 13 Old 11-01-2013, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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And I have a young horse because I wanted to get a good connection with him, and I want a horse that will live a while some wanted him young plus I wanted to train him myself
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Tara that's ridiculous. Get some lessons. Green plus green equals black and blue. That 'bond' doesn't come from raising one it comes from having it trust you which will not come if your inexperienced. This is an accident waiting to happen.
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Taralynn, I can appreciate that you want to bond with him, but you won't do that by training him yourself. Actually, trying to train a horse by yourself when you really don't know what you're doing is a great way to destroy a bond and create trust issues in addition to all the behavioral issues.

If you want to learn how to properly train a horse, then you should really work with a trainer so that they can help you learn to handle any unforeseen behaviors correctly....instead of you trying to get them corrected after you get hurt.

Training a young horse isn't for the inexperienced because you just don't have the knowledge to know when to push and when to back off, you don't know when the horse is ready for something and when they're not. If you push a young horse just a little bit too far, they can blow up and injure themselves, you, and anyone else around.

Please, for your own safety and for the sake of the horse's training, please get some help from a good trainer. You'll be a better owner/rider/handler and you'll have a better horse for it....without the broken trust and broken bones.

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Taralynn, I can appreciate that you want to bond with him, but you won't do that by training him yourself. Actually, trying to train a horse by yourself when you really don't know what you're doing is a great way to destroy a bond and create trust issues in addition to all the behavioral issues.

If you want to learn how to properly train a horse, then you should really work with a trainer so that they can help you learn to handle any unforeseen behaviors correctly....instead of you trying to get them corrected after you get hurt.

Training a young horse isn't for the inexperienced because you just don't have the knowledge to know when to push and when to back off, you don't know when the horse is ready for something and when they're not. If you push a young horse just a little bit too far, they can blow up and injure themselves, you, and anyone else around.

Please, for your own safety and for the sake of the horse's training, please get some help from a good trainer. You'll be a better owner/rider/handler and you'll have a better horse for it....without the broken trust and broken bones.
I completely understand, and I do know a lot about horses, lots family have horses that I have worked with and ridden.. And I will be having help with training, my family knows a lot about training them, but thank you though :)
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