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    06-08-2010, 01:58 PM
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Foal
Old horse can you teach them new Tricks! Help!

I have a thirteen year old broodmare she has the conformation and movement to show well in western pleasure I'm hunter saddle, but lacks the training. Do you think it would be with my time to put her in training at an older age?
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    06-08-2010, 01:59 PM
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Foal
Sorry I meant and hunter under saddle



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I have a thirteen year old broodmare she has the conformation and movement to show well in western pleasure I'm hunter saddle, but lacks the training. Do you think it would be with my time to put her in training at an older age?
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    06-08-2010, 02:11 PM
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Foal
For sure! I had my arabian since she was 3 and then she wasnt ridden for about 9 years and I just retrained her when she was about 12 or 13. And she is wonderful we do all kinds of different events western and english. I say its never to late exspessially because if your worried about if shell die soon any horse can die at any moment but yet we still train them. I hope this helps and makes since.
     
    06-08-2010, 02:32 PM
  #4
Weanling
I would say she is fine to learn something new. I wouldn't expect her to go out and win in the show ring against horses that have been doing it since they first had a saddle put on their back, but I trained my Bali to do HUS at about 8 years old... and my mom trained his father in Driving when he was 14!

Horses are brilliant, they can learn new things at any age! :)
     
    06-13-2010, 05:50 PM
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Foal
I got my mare when she was 12 after being a broodmare for 9 years and only having raced a couple times before that. And we have beat much younger, fancier Hunters in A rated shows and she has just as much fun and go, if not more, than the younger horses I've started. Go for it!
     
    06-13-2010, 05:56 PM
  #6
Banned
13 really isn't that old. We didn't start training an arab of a friends until he was 15 and he's now quite a nice ride. He learns fast and isn't distracted by all the things that a younger horse would be. Just start slow, like you would with any other newbie and work your way up. She will let you know if its too much.
     
    06-13-2010, 07:05 PM
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Banned
13 is actually the perfect age to start a new career. Usually around this age they are level headed enough to really absorb what you're teaching them without all of the silly baby antics, and they're still young enough to have possible successful careers.
     
    06-13-2010, 07:08 PM
  #8
Green Broke
I sure hope 13 isn't too old to learn new things!! I am currently breaking a 13 year old gelding who has done nothing but be shown in halter his whole life, with the hope that he will be shown under saddle by Christmas.

Go for it!
     
    06-13-2010, 08:01 PM
  #9
Yearling
Best analogy I can come up with : Horses are like chalkboards... you can erase or make new marks whenever you want.

If you want to try something new, don't let the fact your horse isn't "young" stand in your way!
     
    06-14-2010, 12:06 PM
  #10
Foal
Sweet that's great every one thanks!
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