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        02-02-2008, 07:34 PM
    Originally Posted by horse_luver4e
    Goodness! That makes me mad! You shouldn't even be on a horse when it's a yearling. I was allways taught that you should work on groundwork, lounging, and desensitizing when they are under 2 then when they turn 2 you can saddle them.
    I come from the Warmblood world, and perhaps that's why, but I still don't see the sense in breaking a horse at 2. Can anyone explain it? It just seems like unnecissary stress, both mentally and physically, when you could wait a year and probably have a more sound horse.

    When my friend and I start "our" (my friend owns her, but we kind of share her) coming 3 year old filly, we will get basic w/t/c on her, and won't push her to accept something before she's ready. If it takes months to get her to canter under saddle, so be it. I really couldn't care less. Once she has the basics (along with some suppling exercises) we'll chuck her out for another 6 months to just be a horse again, then we'll bring her back in and re-start her, and work her slowly.
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