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        11-15-2012, 11:09 AM
      #61
    Foal
    Army wife, they are right about 19 months now. We've set the saddle on them (but have not buckled (just roped the buckle around) them. I will not let anyone on them until they are closer to 2 1/2 years. When they turn 2, I will saddle (and buckle), but from my understanding, the longer you wait to put weight on them, the better their bones will be.. so I will wait to as close to 2 1/2 as I can instead of 2.

    Thunderspark, when we first got them, mom and baby were a fight. If we pulled one out - it was constant hollering for each other. If one didn't call back asap, they would run wild looking for each other. Now, they are fine! It took awhile, but mom weaned on her own with a little help with us pulling them out for a short while each day to separate them some.

    I am fairly sure we have them where they need to be (for their age).. I really think actually saddle breaking them will be a breeze when the time comes. I think they are going to be amazing!!
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        11-16-2012, 06:46 PM
      #62
    Yearling
    19 months?!?! Girl, stay off of them!!! You could do a lot of damage to their joints that young!! Gotta think about their future. You want them around for a long time, and not dealing with arthritis and other painful joint problems, right? I know it's hard to wait, trust me. My filly is 2 1/2 right now. I'd probably be tempted to start her under saddle if I were home. (I'm not because my husband is in the military.) But she can carry a saddle fine and I MIGHT hop on her when I go home for Christmas. But just once, for about 10 mins. You really gotta be careful. I don't think they should even be carrying a saddle that young. But that's just my honest opinion. Not trying to rag on you, just trying to help. Wait till 2 1/2 or 3...you won't be doing any harm, the longer you wait. It's not that their bones will be better, it's that their joints are still "open"...they haven't fused shut yet. I'll bet your girls still have "ditch" looking gaps in the middle of their knees.
         
        11-16-2012, 11:26 PM
      #63
    Foal
    No no,we don't get on her. Not at all. The only thing we have done is set the saddle on her. (would a saddle really be too heavy for her right now?) I know human weight is, but our saddle (our kids saddle) is not really heavy..

    I wouldn't do anything to harm her in any way. (not on purpose anyway). Our trainer said our saddle was light enough for her.

    No worries about ragging on me.. I'd rather someone be honest and blunt than not to say anything and it harm her.
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        11-17-2012, 02:08 AM
      #64
    Yearling
    Oh ok good! I was thinking that I miss read your message. Sorry girl! I don't think it would be too much. I put a bareback pad on my filly about that age. No weight. Just to get used to the feeling of a cinch around her.
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        11-18-2012, 10:43 PM
      #65
    Foal
    When should I have their teeth floated and checked out? We've had our others floated but he didn't seem too concerned about regularly coming out or anything.. so not sure about all that.
         
        11-19-2012, 04:13 AM
      #66
    Yearling
    I think (correct if wrong) usually around 5 is when you start?? Before that, they're mostly all just baby teeth that fall out anyways. But make sure you can mess with their mouths, and make sure they don't have any issues losing their teeth. The mares should be done every year I believe
         
        11-19-2012, 01:49 PM
      #67
    Yearling
    You'll want to have their teeth done/checked before you try putting a bit in their mouth. Make sure their wolf teeth are removed if they have any.
         

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