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    03-16-2009, 07:47 PM
Green Broke
Luna will be two May 1...

...what can I do with her this summer? I plan to use her for driving and riding (just pleasure/trails) and was going to start her this year in harness, but is two too young? We were told she's a haflinger/standardbred cross, but several people from the forum have told me her mother is not haflinger, but most likely a Belgian cross therefore her training should be postponed until much later.

I have worked with her since birth and I know she will be easy to train when the time comes. I've put a light english saddle on her already (just once for about 10 minutes) and I'm itching to sit on her just once..., but I don't want to rush. I admit I am anxious, but definitely will do what's in her best interest.

Anyway, I was out doing some groundwork with her today and got to thinking...I'd appreciate your thoughts.
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    03-17-2009, 05:00 AM
I'm not sure about driving/pulling, as far as physical maturity goes. It depends on the horse in question, and your own weight I think, but unless she's obviously quite immature & you're heavy, I can't really see anything wrong with just sitting on her for short periods, or perhaps short walks.

But putting a harness on her & getting her used to dragging light things(I start with just shafts or travois, then a car tyre...) and putting a (well fitting) saddle on her would be OK. I wouldn't do any high impact lunging yet, but pretty much everything else you can think of, including taking her out & about as much as possible will help prepare her further.
    03-17-2009, 11:53 AM
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Thanks for the response, Loosie! A light harness and some training shafts is what I was thinking...well, ground driving first. I have done everything with her I can think of...taking her over/through obstacles; sensitizing/desensitizing her to things; taking her for walks down the road; ponying her off my other mare; flexing, backing, disengaging shoulders/ hindquarters... I just feel like we're both getting bored and want to move on, but I realize it's early yet. *sigh*
    03-17-2009, 11:57 AM
Could you post photos? Both sides and one from the front and one from the back?
    03-17-2009, 12:03 PM
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Oh, absolutely! I'll go out and take some today!
    03-17-2009, 01:35 PM
Green Broke
This one is from last fall:

The rest were taken today:

    03-17-2009, 08:52 PM
I can tell you what I did, whether it will help you or not is questionable
When my kids were coming 2yo I worked with them very little. Just started getting the "get ready to get on" stuff like standing still while I jumped up and down next to them. Ground tyeing, tying hard and just general desensitizing and giving to pressure exercises. Since they are a gaited breed and its recommended to wait till at least 3yo I figured I'd let them just be horses for as long as possible.
I know you read I got on them today and it was so much easier having gone through all the "get ready to get on" stuff for so long. I can already get them to move out and move left/right stop and that was in only 10 min. They just already know all that stuff.
I talked to a trainer friend of mine today (the one that's suppose to be helping me) She made the comment that the filly's have already gone through everything that they would be taught at a trainers to green break them. Everything I've been doing since the day they were born is what some are expected to learn in 90 days. I think they have it down
    03-18-2009, 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Vidaloco    
Ground tyeing, tying hard and just general desensitizing and giving to pressure exercises...Everything I've been doing since the day they were born is what some are expected to learn in 90 days.
That's exactly what I've been doing to, so I guess we're on the same page there.
Since they are a gaited breed and its recommended to wait till at least 3yo I figured I'd let them just be horses for as long as possible.
This is my dilemma, how do you know when a horse is ready to be started under saddle/harness? Is it something only a vet can determine?
    03-18-2009, 03:05 PM
She's a cutie. I don't see where there would be any problem ground driving her. It's low impact and not weight bearing.
    03-18-2009, 03:44 PM
Gaited breed?

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