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...
"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."
Last edited by mom2pride; 11-18-2009 at 12:51 AM.