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post #21 of 25 Old 07-29-2013, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by SorrelHorse View Post
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.
I have a friend who is a trainer and has trained horses for a long time, she starts getting on them soon after they turn 2. She said I could start "half-mounting" my horse. She's coming for a visit this week and i'll ask her to look at him.

PS what do you mean by "putting his 'buttons' on"?
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post #22 of 25 Old 07-30-2013, 12:01 AM
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I mean leg cues, sidepassing, forehand turns, haunch turns, leg yielding, giving to the bridle/bumping up, lead departures, counter arcs, all that.

The two year olds I'm riding for a trainer now are actually behind schedule due to personal setbacks and already sidepass, forehand turn, lope circles, lead departures from the walk, haunch turns, rollbacks, stops, and are starting their work on the flag (Reined cowhorses is what they are)

They aren't flawless but that's something I gauge by. You don't have to work them into the ground either. If you do it right, they don't need a ton of time and are correct from the very beginning. Then you don't have to work harder to get it right, and they end up working a lot less than you think. Plus, taking care of them...i.e. a long warm up and cool out, hosing of the legs, etc.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #23 of 25 Old 07-30-2013, 02:10 AM
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I wouldn't start riding a horse until it's three, but I understand that other people do other things so I'm not going to say much on that.

However, I don't see the purpose of just sitting on a horse for the sake of it. I think when breaking a horse you don't just sit on it every now and then, you do ground work, you consistently use aids and you work with them regularly so they learn. You have goals that you achieve everyday. I think that sitting on a horse once or twice a month would be next to pointless... they're likely going to gain or remember very little about the experience. Come breaking time, they're probably not going to be advantaged at all.

Although you risk causing the horse pain, causing them damage or making them uncomfortable, especially at such a young age without a plan on what you're doing.

I just think it's worth considering what you plan to achieve, and if you're doing is going to help you with that at all.
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If he is underweight, personally I would wait until he has more meat on his bones.... Other then that, I'd say it would be fine to sit on him, but know your horse before jumping on.... This is coming from someone who has a two year old, I've sat on him several times, though before doing so I didn't fully mount him.

Start slow, get on a mounting block beside him, pet and love on him. Put your foot in a stirrup, pet and love on him. (When I did this with my two year old he moved away because of the feeling). Have patience. When he is calm enough put your weight on the saddle but don't swing your leg over. Pet and love on him. Step down, repeat process. Then swing your leg over and sit down. Pet and love, get off. Repeat until you know your not gonna get dead.

On the other hand, my yearling if he was two years old I would so not trust to get on.... Horses take things in different strides. Be careful, stay safe, and don't push your two year old to hard.
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post #25 of 25 Old 07-30-2013, 03:01 PM
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"If he is underweight, personally I would wait until he has more meat on his bones"

WHY????? I've seen this statement so many times. Unless he is totally malnourished, why would you want to put more weight on his backbone? There is a reason why young horses do not naturally flesh out while they are growing. It keeps more weight off of the back. It's only when we humans get involved and think they need to have their ribs covered with fat, that youngs ones don't have their ribs showing.

Pray tell, why would you make this statement?

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