Is this okay for a yearling?

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    08-14-2011, 03:59 AM
Is this okay for a yearling?

Is it okay to put a light weight kids saddle on a yearling and loosely cinch it up? All I did was lead her around for maybe 5 minutes and she was quite good with it.
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    08-14-2011, 04:38 AM
There's no reason a yearling can't learn how to accept a saddle and cinch
    08-14-2011, 05:20 AM
Green Broke
I agree. As long as it's a kids saddle to start with. As the horse would near 2 years old, you could change to a full saddle.
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    08-14-2011, 05:23 AM
Yeah. It's just an old kids saddle. It weighs next to nothing. We have a bunch of different sizes of saddles so transitioning souldn't be very difficult.
    08-14-2011, 05:35 AM
Green Broke
Depending on how well the horse accepts the saddle, I've seen where people have set a small child on before they where 2 years old to get them used to more weight.

I'm sure someone will say it's stupid to put a child on an untrained horse. You do need to know the horse well, worked with it, and have some trust built up beforehand.
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    08-14-2011, 09:18 AM
We've always put the lightweight pony saddle or english saddle on our yearlings. By the time they are ready to actually be started under saddle its just another day at the office.

My yearling filly wears the pony saddle very willingly and I have started ground driving her using it and her halter. By the time she's ready to be backed it just makes one less thing for her to stress about as it will be very old news by then.

She's also technically been backed but not by intention. Sent my daughter to the house to grab us gatorade and she was taking forever so I went to look out and she was ON my filly in the pasture. I went calmly and got her and then had a long talk! She knew better and got to be grounded for the first time. She's 6. Man am I going to have my hands full but I can't say I didn't do the same thing as a kid....
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    08-14-2011, 09:30 AM
I was being silly the other day and put a car srat on my yearling.....laid it across her back.... I was stripping the covers off and she was curious. She didnt react at all, lol! And my 2 yr old has sat on her bare back many time while I have walked her.
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