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post #11 of 15 Old 11-17-2009, 10:59 PM
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I Have a baby too and this will be the 2nd baby I will have trained and broken. He is only 15 months. My motto is "Never to early to start".
This statement/your entire post scares me and makes me a little sick to my stomach. No way would I ever dream of longing a baby that much. No way would I ever longe a baby. Way too much joint stress and yes there is such a thing as "too early to start."

As for the original poster, I agree fully with Kevinshorses. Give your baby time to grow up and be a horse. There is nothing better for them to be turned out and let to grow. I personally don't like to do much more than give them a good start on manners.
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post #12 of 15 Old 11-17-2009, 11:48 PM
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This statement/your entire post scares me and makes me a little sick to my stomach. No way would I ever dream of longing a baby that much. No way would I ever longe a baby. Way too much joint stress and yes there is such a thing as "too early to start."

As for the original poster, I agree fully with Kevinshorses. Give your baby time to grow up and be a horse. There is nothing better for them to be turned out and let to grow. I personally don't like to do much more than give them a good start on manners.
What I don't get is the whole mentality of "just leave him be a horse for the first couple years"...I'm sorry but me spending 30 minutes a day teaching a young horse manners, or other simple things to make him easier to handle IS NOT going to cause him to NOT grow up to be a horse...seriously people...

I'm not going to own a baby, and not spend time with him; my best horses have been ones I have raised from the time they were little, and they didn't become what they did by sitting around the pasture for the first 3 years of their lives; I'm not talking about 'hard' work either, necessarily, but they are used to alot of stuff by the time they are a year old, and just continue from there...

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post #13 of 15 Old 11-18-2009, 12:20 AM
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Different strokes for different folks and I don't really care what people do so long as it is not physically or mentally damaging. That is just what I prefer and what works well for me. I like them to know my couple of main rules and that's all they need to know as far as I'm concerned until they get started at 2 (depending upon physical/mental development). As long as I teach it right the first time I shouldn't have to repeat the same lesson several times over.

What I do have a problem with though is excessive, damaging and unnecessary work. Such as longing a 15 month old.
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As long as I teach it right the first time I shouldn't have to repeat the same lesson several times over.
Are you SERIOUS? Do you understand conditioning? It takes hundreds to thousands of repetitions to train an animal. You can't teach something ONCE (or even two to three times) and expect it to be learned behavior.

For letting the be a horse... as long as horses are exposed to other horses most of them know how to "be a horse". Its programed into their DNA. I understand some people do things like not turning them out, that can lead to issues. The longer you wait to teach a horse the harder its going to be, just take imprinting for example. Horses have a learning curve, just like everything else. Its ideal to stimulate them early on.

I was thinking to myself the other day, what if I decided to waited till he was 3 to do anything. That would be a total night mare. He would be over stimulated and wouldnt really understand as fast as a horse who was worked with early on. It like kids going to preschool then kindergarden, compared to kids just going to kindergarden. The horses who had a significan amount of ground training (in moderation) before being ridden did alot better then those who just sat in a pasture (from my personal experience.)
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post #15 of 15 Old 11-22-2009, 10:08 AM
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Great post above. ^^

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