Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Western Massachusetts
I owned a Percheron/Thoroughbred filly who I got from a rescue at 4 months old. She was a premarin baby.
Every horse is different, regardless of breed. But this mare was absolutely amazing. At the time I did not have a ton of experience with young horses. I had her halter broke within two weeks, just working with pressure and release. Basically I taught her to work off my pressure, and within days at four months old she was leading in circles and straight forward, if I touched her in particular spots she knew I wanted her to move over.
Teaching her to lounge was pretty much an extension of that, and when I finally did get on her it was one of the most uneventful days ever. She was hesitant to move forward pretty much always, and in terms of sensitivity, well, she wasn't, at all. This made it hard to push her forward, but she rarely spooked and was generally happy to please.
I did not start her under saddle until she was 6.
The only thing I think is important is finding a plan that works for you and STICKING to it. Consistency is key. I think it's pretty much the same as every other breed.
She just was a little less sensitive, but that might have been her. Either way she was amazing.