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post #1 of 6 Old 07-09-2012, 04:52 AM Thread Starter
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Question Coloureds - I'm confused!!

So, I have a coloured yearling colt and I know it is still way too early to be thinking about backing him, but I'm a little confused as to when I will want to be starting.

I have heard all sorts, that you can back at 2 then turn away until 3 (which I won't be doing) that you can back at 3 or some say not til they're 4. I was just wondernig what everybody thought here?

Also, I have been told that coloureds take longer to develop and so need backing later? I'd never heard this before has anyone else heard this and is it right? Or just an old wives tale?

Thanks!
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-09-2012, 05:57 AM
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a horse is still a horse, coloured or not.

Ace, Duke, Red, , Trojan, Unnamed. *Sold* Babe, Shadow.
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-09-2012, 09:23 AM
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Actually some breeds do mature later. A QH will normally mature and fill out faster than say, a TWH. Basically you want to wait until they're mature enough to handle your weight. Three is a safe number for some breeds, but some breeds are more fragile than others.

I would talk with your vet, or an experienced trainer, to get their viewpoint on it.

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Thanks Kayella your little man is GORGEOUS by the way!
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-09-2012, 12:11 PM
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Thank you! :) He is a stocky little boy, but I won't be backing him until he's three. I have two others boys I can ride in the three years I have to wait!

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post #6 of 6 Old 07-09-2012, 12:22 PM
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I have always personally believed you should never do any kind of even moderately hard work on a horse untill they are finished growing and developing, and they are strong and their bodies can handle it.
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