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post #1 of 11 Old 06-12-2009, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Is he too young??

Right now I'm looking around for horses, and I'd finally settled on one when my friend's boyfriend says he's got a horse for sale (he lives right next door to my lesson barn. ironic, huh?). He's a paint, but they're not sure if he's full-blood or crossed. He's unregistered. He is only three years old, but they say he's VERY green, but has been started. I've seen him, and he looks to have grown into his legs and such, but I know that riding too early can cause damage. Is three years too young to start a paint horse? I'd like to know because he's a beautiful horse, but don't want to buy him if this is going to be an issue.

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post #2 of 11 Old 06-12-2009, 11:34 AM
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Most start training for saddle at 3 =)
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post #3 of 11 Old 06-12-2009, 11:37 AM
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Physically he may be ready, mentally maybe too. Without seeing him in person I couldn't honestly tell you. But 3 is a good time to start.

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Okay. Just wondering - I was always told 5?

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post #5 of 11 Old 06-12-2009, 01:42 PM
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The longer you wait usually the better so I'm happy to hear he's very green at 3 years old, as it means they haven't done a whole ton of work with him to mess him up yet. It really depends on how they develop mentally and physically - 3 seems to be a decent common age to start them, as long as they're ready. I personally plan to start my Paint mare very lightly (walking, suppling, etc.) as a 3 year old as long as she's where I want her physically and mentally next year, and then begin more serious training when she's 4 years old. My Arab was extremely immature, so I started light work with her as a 4 year old, and started into more serious training as a 5 year old.

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3 seems to be a good age. But as long as you're not doing anything heavy of course.
If you wait too long though, I would imagine you could encounter a horse set into their ways a bit.
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post #7 of 11 Old 06-12-2009, 03:10 PM
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Three is a good age to start a stock horse. More importantly, how much experience do you have? Starting a green horse is typically never a good idea for someone as a first horse.

(BTW, an unregistered paint is simply a pinto. Paint is a breed not just a color.)

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Two in a half to three years old is the normal time to start saddle training. Five years old is really the cutoff point.
After five, you may run into some problems as you are dealing with a much more mature, set-in-it's-horsey-ways horse versus a younger, 2 1/2-5 year. I'm speaking in general terms here, it's not anymore impossible to train a 10 year old than it is to train a three year old. It just may be a more strenuous task.

Although you CAN start a horse at 2 1/2 I honestly don't suggest doing it. Three is a much better age *in my opinion* to be starting a youngster. It's a nice mature, but not to mature age.
My own three year is not as high strung as he was at two years, but not as standoffish as I would expect he would be at around 4-5. I don't expect to even begin saddle training until 4 1/2-5 years (I would LIKE to around August-September), but thats just him, he's his own special kind of dorky.

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post #9 of 11 Old 06-12-2009, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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iridehorses - I know Paint is a breed. It's just easier to say Paint. If you say pinto there's always a question of what the breed is. They know he's a Paint. So they just call him that. =)

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post #10 of 11 Old 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 definately 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.
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