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    07-29-2013, 06:43 PM
  #11
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Mochachino    
I understand when you say you've done all the groundwork and just want to do a tiny bit of the next step. I had one that was 2 1/2 and I did sit on him a couple of times, and if it was up to some of my barnmates at the time, I would have been riding him at that time. He was not physically developed enough though and I didn't. After sitting onn him walking a couple of times for a minute or two I stopped as I didn't want to hurt him as I knew he had a lot more developing and growing to do. I continued the ground work a little more, but basically just let him be a horse until this spring when I had him professionally started. The fact that everything had bee done on the ground and he took a saddle and bit made it so much easier for the trainer to just get down to the saddle work. I honestly would wait, don't rush it.
You mean I could just sit on him now and then for a few minutes?
     
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    07-29-2013, 06:56 PM
  #12
Weanling
I only sat on Mocha 3 times and it was very short times and then decided to not do it again and leave him grow for another 10 months. Honestly IMO it is not worth the damage that could be done. I am happy that I waited as he was definitely ready to be started when I did.
     
    07-29-2013, 06:58 PM
  #13
Weanling
Sitting on him for a few minutes every now and then shouldn't hurt him, but I'd make sure that he is very confident with having you over him before you do. You wouldn't want him to spook, buck or bolt on you and possibly hurt you both. If it was me, I'd just be carefully listening to everything he was telling me with his body language. If he's hollowing out his back or acting upset in any way, I would stop and wait for him to mature before even sitting on him.

It sounds like you don't plan to actually ride him and attempt to train him under saddle until he's older, which is good. Give him lots of time to mature, some take longer than others, but the wait is worth it to have a good sound horse for the long haul :)
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    07-29-2013, 07:01 PM
  #14
Weanling
You are less likely to hurt him while he is underweight. Remember the weight the horse carries on it's back is the sum of your weight, plus his main body weight. If you want to ride him for 30 to 40 minutes per day, I'd keep him thin and do a lot of conditioning in a straight line. Avoid, sharp turns and steep climbs and/ steep down hills. Avoid the slow doggie walking, that's harder on them than a brisk walk. The trot is the toughest on them, more so than the canter. Nothing wrong with a slow canter for a few minutes. Trot very little.

And that's very mild compared to what the race horses do, and a lot of others.

I don't agree with a lot of riding as a 2 yr old, but they can do just fine, as long as you don't over do it, and/or get them obese. The fatter they are the older they need to be.
     
    07-29-2013, 07:04 PM
  #15
Yearling
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Originally Posted by TessaMay    
Sitting on him for a few minutes every now and then shouldn't hurt him, but I'd make sure that he is very confident with having you over him before you do. You wouldn't want him to spook, buck or bolt on you and possibly hurt you both. If it was me, I'd just be carefully listening to everything he was telling me with his body language. If he's hollowing out his back or acting upset in any way, I would stop and wait for him to mature before even sitting on him.

It sounds like you don't plan to actually ride him and attempt to train him under saddle until he's older, which is good. Give him lots of time to mature, some take longer than others, but the wait is worth it to have a good sound horse for the long haul :)
Yeah, I'd rather wait another year and have a sound horse for 20 years than have him unrideable at a young age. The thing is, I don't have another horse to ride and I don't get alot of chances to ride other peoples horses, so I really feel like getting on a horse sometimes. Would he be able to do trail riding next year(he'll be three).
     
    07-29-2013, 07:12 PM
  #16
Weanling
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Originally Posted by horsecrazygirl13    
Yeah, I'd rather wait another year and have a sound horse for 20 years than have him unrideable at a young age. The thing is, I don't have another horse to ride and I don't get alot of chances to ride other peoples horses, so I really feel like getting on a horse sometimes. Would he be able to do trail riding next year(he'll be three).

I can't really say whether he would be ready to trail ride next year, since I don't know the horse. I would wait to see how much he's grown and what his maturity level is mentally before deciding. 3-3.5 is usually a safe age to start a horse, but you don't want to do any hard work with him until he's more like 5-6. When I see people jumping horses by 4 it makes me cringe
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    07-29-2013, 07:45 PM
  #17
Yearling
I personally like to see a two year old have maybe 30-60 light rides from spring to fall and then turned back out for the winter. I did this with my gelding and he did well. However, it does depend on the individual horse.
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    07-29-2013, 07:56 PM
  #18
Weanling
Mocha came back after two months in training and the trainer said he was one of the bravest and quietest young horses he has ever seen in the trail. However, since he was 10 months I had been hand walking and then later ground driving in the trails. He always loved them, never spooked at bikes, people running, dogs, kids, deer, bears so I was not surprised. With your horse it depends. I wanted a good solid trail horse and even with the trainer only taking him out a handful of times by himself he is quiet, will lead, go through water no problem. He just IS a good trail horse.
     
    07-29-2013, 08:25 PM
  #19
Trained
Many, many horses are started at two and sounds for many years to come. There is nothing wrong with hopping on him. If he was one of my performance horses we would already be putting his "buttons" on.
     
    07-29-2013, 08:59 PM
  #20
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Mochachino    
Mocha came back after two months in training and the trainer said he was one of the bravest and quietest young horses he has ever seen in the trail. However, since he was 10 months I had been hand walking and then later ground driving in the trails. He always loved them, never spooked at bikes, people running, dogs, kids, deer, bears so I was not surprised. With your horse it depends. I wanted a good solid trail horse and even with the trainer only taking him out a handful of times by himself he is quiet, will lead, go through water no problem. He just IS a good trail horse.
I'd be scared! My horse knows kids, Dirtbikes, tractors, bicycles, lawnmowers, etc. but he'd probably never meet a bear-at least I hope not!
     

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