Originally Posted by MissKatie
Oh of course each is to their own. Some owners don't break until 5, some break before 2. Some horses 'break down', some horses are untrainable because they were left to break too late. Or is that not the reason? There is nothing worse than to make assumptions. But instead of opening a can of worms, I believe teaching him movements un-strenuous is beneficial. He loves learning. I just want to know what some of these movements may be! Posted via Mobile Device
I get what you're saying but
the reason why many don't really start a horse until 4 or 5 is that a horse isn't physically mature before the age of around 5.5 yrs (some later than this). Some light ground-driving should be fine but really, start with the basics like building respect and trust, teaching to yield to pressure, teaching to stand tied, and maybe introduction of a saddle and bitted bridle (without riding, obviously) to let them get used to the idea. You don't want your horse getting arthritis at 10 - apart from the risk that they will no longer be sound, arthritis is an expensive problem to manage!
I will also add, many horses are not mentally ready to be trained (however quickly they seem to learn) and can get sour very rapidly with a regular training schedule.