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    12-14-2012, 11:04 PM
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Foal
Kid-broke horse

Hi all,
I was just wondering, how do you train a horse so that you would trust to put a kid on? How do you know when they will behave with a kid on?

Thanks!
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    12-14-2012, 11:14 PM
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Started
Put a kid on. If you don't know how the horse will be, make sure it's a kid you don't like.
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    12-14-2012, 11:17 PM
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Showing
IMHO, a horse cannot be trained to be a kid horse, it must be in their nature. After they are well trained, I look at their temperament and decide if they seem suitable for a younger rider. I run them through the gauntlet and if they are unphased, then they might be ready...though I would never even consider a horse under the age of 6 for a child rider simply due to the probable lack of exposure the horse has had. Even at that young of an age, it would have to have been trained by a certain type of person and have an exceptional temperament.

The bad part is, you never really know that they will behave with just a kid on them. The way I do it is, when I feel like the horse is about as bombproof as a horse can get, I'll put a kid in the saddle and I'll ride behind as a passenger. That way, the kid is doing all the actual riding, but I'm still there and can take the reins in an instant if something happens. After that, I'll put them in a controlled environment like a pen or arena and let the kid ride by themselves with me close by on another well-trained, calm horse. Once they've got good control at all 3 gaits in the controlled environment, then we start going outside, again, with me on a well-trained, calm horse right beside them.

The reason I ride a good horse while they're riding instead of going afoot is because I can either get up beside them and get ahold of their horse or grab the kid and pull them onto my horse if something happens. I won't get outrun like I would if I was on my own 2 feet.

But that's all beside the point. The horse must be very well trained, period, but whether it's suitable for a kid depends entirely on his temperament.
     
    12-14-2012, 11:49 PM
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Kid safe, bomb proof, gentleman, dead broke, lazy, laid back..... All just words. No horse ever will be 100% predictable. Stuff happens. That said, has anyone else noticed that horses seem to know when there's a kid on them? The seem gentler, maybe cause kids have no fear and are genually happy? Idk. Back to the post lol, I wouldnt call a horse or pony kids safe till it was over 12, been ridden a lot! By adults, and has been extensively been ridden wrong by kids without affecting the horse. But then again we put our daughter on some rank stuff lol.
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    12-14-2012, 11:54 PM
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Yearling
I think it all boils down to the temperment of the horse also. My mare who will be 11 this spring was 3 when I got her, I won't let my grandkids ride on her. I started off with tying coats, back packs, etc. on the back of my saddle when she was around 5 and rode her with that bouncing around on her.....I got a buddy seat that goes behind my saddle and my grandkids rode there for a couple years out on the trails with me. It was about 3 yrs. Ago where I let my grandkids who were 10, 9 and 5 at the time, ride in the round pen and I could see how she was with them and how they were. It was shortly after that where I could let them ride in the outdoor arena by theirselves (with me there of course), quite often they rode her double or even all three on LOL she tolerated alot with them and behaved like a perfect lady!
I would try them in a round pen with a kid first, you there to help out if needed and see how it goes and how the horse is with the kid first.....
     
    12-14-2012, 11:56 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by Phly    
Kid safe, bomb proof, gentleman, dead broke, lazy, laid back..... All just words. No horse ever will be 100% predictable. Stuff happens. That said, has anyone else noticed that horses seem to know when there's a kid on them? The seem gentler, maybe cause kids have no fear and are genually happy? Idk. Back to the post lol, I wouldnt call a horse or pony kids safe till it was over 12, been ridden a lot! By adults, and has been extensively been ridden wrong by kids without affecting the horse. But then again we put our daughter on some rank stuff lol.
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I also noticed my mare was more relaxed with the kids on them and listened to them really well! It was like she knew they were on her and she was much more easy going.....even when I rode her with the buddy seat, the one grandson learnt how to post so well riding back there on her bouncy butt LOL
     
    12-15-2012, 12:27 AM
  #7
Foal
I knew people always prefered them to be a certain age, but I always thought the riding/training, and the temperment were more important.
My dad's older TB, he was 20 when we got him, I would have been perfectly fine letting a kid ride him at a walk in a roundpen, and with training he would have made an amazing kids horse. He was the sweetest thing, never spooked, never bucked kicked bit, nothing. I loved him to death.

My mare, was being advertised as a kid-broke horse. Wanna know how old she was? 1yr 8months. Kidbroke? She shouldnt have even been broke! My parents bought her for me as a surprise. I can't even remember how many times that little brat has bucked me off for no reason at all! (she was of course given time to mature though)

My gelding? I bought unbroke, was told he was loco, untrainable, I should ship him off to slaughter ect. He is amazing. He doesnt act up, he'll test me by refusing to move. That's it. He is a puppydog, and when Im injured or sick, he takes such good care of me. With more time (he's only 5, with about a year of training undersaddle) I would totally trust him to take care of a kid.
     
    12-15-2012, 12:52 AM
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Walking in a round pen is NOT kidsafe. Yes, young horses can and have been taught to ride by kids. Still not kidsafe. 6 yrs old, a year under saddle, not kid safe. In my opinion. Kid safe to me is, "going in the trails with xxxxxx see ya in a bit dad" and I don't worry. That's kid safe. One time our daughter (6 at the time) was helping feed and brush. A horse charged the horse she was brushing. He pushed her under the hitching rail and took a full on hit. But wouldn't move till the other horse got caught and she was safe. She basically hid underneath him That's kid safe.
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    12-15-2012, 12:54 AM
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Trained
My mare just turned seven and I would trust her to take care of kids.

Ruger is four, I would trust him in an arena situation to plod around because he is just an exceptional horse, but I would not send a kid out and about on him because of his inexperience. My six and ten year old cousins have both ridden him walk/trot in the arena and the ten year old has loped him. He becomes a babysitter with them...Not with me though. Lol
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    12-15-2012, 01:31 AM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by Phly    
Walking in a round pen is NOT kidsafe. Yes, young horses can and have been taught to ride by kids. Still not kidsafe. 6 yrs old, a year under saddle, not kid safe. In my opinion. Kid safe to me is, "going in the trails with xxxxxx see ya in a bit dad" and I don't worry. That's kid safe. One time our daughter (6 at the time) was helping feed and brush. A horse charged the horse she was brushing. He pushed her under the hitching rail and took a full on hit. But wouldn't move till the other horse got caught and she was safe. She basically hid underneath him That's kid safe.
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I didnt say walking in a roundpen was kidsafe, I said with training he would have made a great kids horse but I would trust him walking in a roundpen with a kid.

Also I said my 5yr only has a year under saddle so with more training I would trust him with kids, didnt say he would make a kids horse with just a year under saddle. Going by his temperment I could see him being a kids horse when he's like 15.

Sorry if it looked like I said both these geldings were Kid-broke. I meant that with more training I could see them being kid-broke because of their temperment. There is no way on this green earth I would put a kid on that 5yr and let them go off riding. Would I let a kid sit on him and be lead around in a clean safe arena? Yes. Am I saying that's kid-broke? No.
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