06-22-2009, 11:13 AM
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What I've always done is groundwork until 3, flatwork until 4 or 5, and then you can start jumping. At 4 or 5 they are fully grown and more mature.
Twogeldings, not to be rude, but I disagree that it is usually harder to train a horse after 5. They might be more set in their ways, but they have the maturity babies lack to understand new things. I have just completed backing a 12 year old arab, a 13 year old Thoroughbred, and a 4 year old Gypsy Vanner. The Gypsy was definitely the biggest pain, haha. The arab never had a person on him but someone enjoyed beating the living daylights out of him on the ground. The TB was a broodmare all her life. I don't know, maybe it depends on the situation.