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post #1 of 22 Old 03-28-2007, 03:06 AM Thread Starter
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how long between training?

i've stoped training abby for now, my mother is gravley ill and i have to return to canada, just wondering how long can abby go with any one working with her?. remember that she is greenbroke. it's sort of sad i've lost intrust in working with her for now and considering lending abby's mom out this summer to one of the local wild west shows....guess i'm in shock
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post #2 of 22 Old 06-19-2007, 04:32 PM
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I am in KS & if your mare is green broke it is BAD to let her stand & not be worked with! If you need someone to work with her while you are away ill be able to do that for you! e-mail me at if you are interested!
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post #3 of 22 Old 06-19-2007, 06:11 PM
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I'm really sorry about your situtation.

Although it isn't favorable to many people, A LOT of people will break a horse to the saddle and then turn them out to pasture to allow them to grow for a certain period of time. It won't ruin the horse or its training, it's just a different approach. I personally don't think the situation will have a negative outcome. As long as the horse receives adequate care to grow properly, the horse can be easily retrained. The only concern I have is will the horse have human interaction while you are gone? When retraining, it makes it easier if the horse has had some. It doesn't make training the horse impossible if he does not, just a bit harder.

I hope everything goes well for you. :(
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post #4 of 22 Old 06-20-2007, 03:05 AM
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Horses are not supposed to be even messed with until they are done growing at 2 some still grow till they are 3 years old. I start all my colts at 3 no sooner; it can stunt the horses growth or lead to some sort of physical problem such as going swayback or lame & no one wants that! So this horse should be already done growing. What is her age exactly? Yes, you can always retrain her & only for emergencies beyond your control (witch in your case it is!) should you really consider doing that, because its kinda a waste of time on your part. The Wild West shows in my area, witch is your area too, are not the BEST place to lend a horse to, in my opinion! All ive seen there is badly taken care of horses, its really sad! Like I said before I don’t live far from you at all, & it is $50 per horse per month to board at my place! I charge $50 a month extra to simply ride your horse & keep it in shape while you are unable to ride. As for your green broke horse, I would defiantly work with her as long as she is old enough! I charge $150 extra per month to work & ride your green horse. This is all up to you!
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post #5 of 22 Old 06-20-2007, 05:33 AM
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Horses are not supposed to be even messed with until they are done growing at 2 some still grow till they are 3 years old.
Say what???? What type of horses do you work with???

No horse in the UK can have a lifetime height certificate done until they are 7yrs old, i believe......surely that would indicate that a horse is not yet mature until that age?

My rising 4yr old hanoverian/ tb is still growing now....he will easily top 16hands and he is only standing at a smidge over 15.2hh at the moment! He stood at 14.3hh aged 2yrs and 15.1 at 3yrs! He has definately grown since he was 3!!

My just turned 6yr old tb/dutch wb mare has only just stopped going arse high now but my vets still wont agree to have a lifetime height cert done for her, and so i have to have one done yearly for now!

It is V.V.V.V.Very dangerous to belive that a horse is fully grown at the age of 2/3 as that is when they get pushed too hard too soon.

Sorry it is a touchy subjects with me im affraid as i have a nackered old boy with cripling arthritus in his fore-legs due to him being worked/jumped too high too young by previous idiots!

KANSAS TWISTER i had a similar problem to mom was diagnosed with cancer (a brain tumour) just after i got my horse back from being broken(hate that word) (i had spent a fortune on this event trainer having him for 4weeks). He was just rising 4yrs old and unfortunately the only option i had was to turn him away....
He was out for over 6months and only came back into work once my mother had passed away....i got stuck into training him very soon after to kind of keep my mind occupied i suppose!

IT WAS THE BEST THING I EVER DID!!! He had remembered the basics and picked everything new up super quik. He had filled out and looked like a proper horse, he had levelled up and gained some brilliant manors from being out with a load of other youngsters who had told him whats what.

Aslong as your horse gets the right care and isnt left unattended i would say turn her out! It doesnt hurt at all and also wont cost you ther earth while your spending time with your loved one!

Hope everything works out!

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post #6 of 22 Old 06-20-2007, 07:16 AM
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totally agree hsharp123
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Depends on horse I think. I greenbroke mine, but then I couldn't ride for 2+ months because of the horrible weather and dangerous ground conditions, as well as I couldn't do ground work with my 2nd one (who is too young). After that 2+ months of break I got on her bareback first and then in saddle bringing her back to training and she didn't try to buck me off or something. And both of them remembered everything we did on ground (I was amazed!). The one I ride is 3 yo and has LOTS of attitude, btw. If you horse is quiet and/or trust you break in training shouldn't be an issue.

As for hiring someone to work out your horse... Well... You have to have someone you can trust your horse. As for me, I'v seen couple trainers in the barn I wouldn't trust even brushing my horse.
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post #8 of 22 Old 06-20-2007, 12:42 PM
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I need to correct myself since everyone is being so technical. Several factors, such as genetics, nutrition, management and environment, lead to this answer. Horses fed and managed normally will usually grow very little in height after they are two years old, having reached 90 percent of their growth by 18 months. Part of this could be due to selection for early maturing horses. Some breeds, such as Warm bloods TB's and draft horses, mature slower than others meaning they wont quit growing till they are 5-6 sometimes 7 years old. And, other breeds, such as ponies, will mature faster.

To answer your question, I train QH's mostly, & they grow pretty average & are usually don’t growing around 2-3 years old. That is why I said what I said.
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post #9 of 22 Old 06-20-2007, 06:42 PM
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Hmmmm I dont believe in breaking in and turning out. I know people who do it on purpose and your cas who dont have a choice. What I'd do is get someone to ride him and continue his training so he wont get spoilt

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post #10 of 22 Old 06-20-2007, 06:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Kiki
Hmmmm I dont believe in breaking in and turning out. I know people who do it on purpose and your cas who dont have a choice. What I'd do is get someone to ride him and continue his training so he wont get spoilt
good idea, thats why i gave her the option with me, because we dont live that far from eachother haha
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