how long should you wait to ride?

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    11-20-2007, 01:45 PM
how long should you wait to ride?

I have a 1 and a half year old palomino quarter horse. She is doing great with all of her groundwork and everyone I ask says I should only wait until she is two to begin breaking and training because the qh's mature faster than others. Any help?
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    11-20-2007, 03:54 PM
Yes, I would definitely wait until she is 2. And not exactly when she turns 2, I would say closer to when she's turning 3. And you want to be especially careful to not jump her (not sure what discipline you're going for), but the reason is that their knees do not close until they're 3 or a little older. In any case have fun and be safe! :)
    11-20-2007, 04:19 PM
Yeah, 2 1/2 years is a great time to start training. :)
That's what I did with my mare, but I actually waited 'till she was 3. ;)
2 & a half or 3 yrs is a great time to do training; do it gradually though!
    11-20-2007, 05:47 PM
Yeah that's what I was going to do.
I was leaning toward barrel racing or jumping
But when she turned two I was just going to start riding her && not start on the disciplines.
She's already used to the saddle & we pony her with it & she does great so hopefully she will be easy to break
    11-21-2007, 01:45 PM
Yes, I agree with PoptartShop, wait until he is at least 2 1/2 or 3, that is what I did with my horse. I could have startd at 2 1/2, but I wanted to just wait until 3 because people were saying that they were more trained at that age. In your case, you could probably start at 2 1/2, though.
    11-21-2007, 09:55 PM
I would recomend doing just ground work first and then once your horses knees are closed, I would start under saddle at least that's I did because if you don't wait till there knees are closed , it causes your horse to be bowed in at the knee and be ruined and sometimes can never be riding again.
    11-22-2007, 04:56 PM
If I were you, I would wait to do any undersaddle work until the horse is three. If you are concerned with doing the best for your horse, I would definitely suggest doing a lot of lunge work and ground driving. I believe this all has to do with a matter of opinion however.
    11-25-2007, 12:23 PM
Kay that's what im doing now, ground work and lungeing. And she's doing great with that. She's a fast learner, and she hasnt acted up any yet. But she's still a baby. But ill at least wait til she's around 2 1/2 - 3 to start any under the saddle training. Ill probably start driving her around two tho to get her used to turning.
    12-21-2007, 11:29 AM
I agree with you all hole heartedly. Three is a much better age to start your horse, physically and mentally. I believe in taking it by incriments. Never over load or burn out your horse. The younger the horse the less amount of time is needed to spend on what your working on. It is like with children, attentions spans are less. We have a morgan and they grow slower and I think mature later mentally. We started him at three in the fall and got on him a couple of times. The next year I worked more with him, never overdoing. Last year we used him to do trail, and this year he is coming along so well with ring work. I have a morgan mare, same thing, and at 6 is finally mentally able to work and enjoy it for long periods. So many people get young horses and push it too soon. I am affraid on the end of the horses life it will affect them. Take time, spend it with your horse ont he ground, driving is so much fun and then when you are ready to mount, the horse knows what it he's to do. I would rather have my horses centered and be able to work for many years without breaking down.
    12-21-2007, 01:19 PM
Green Broke
Yeah 2 1/2 would be great to start on him in training that when I started training my horse :)

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