03-12-2013, 12:05 PM
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If she has just been backed, be prepared to spend 6 mos to a year working closely with a trainer on flatwork only.
If this is your first "youngster" then you really need someone knowledgeable on the ground ideally twice a week, helping you bring her along, and who will be able to hop on if anything goes wrong.
Once you have done a few young ones, it gets simpler and easier. I took one from backed to being able to be ridden by his Ammy owner in about 3-4 mos very recently. I'm still working with him 3-4 days a week and she does 2-3 days. That imo is ideal because I can keep him going, but she is still riding enough to get experience.
Good luck and make sure you are hooked up with a good trainer!
Eta about the jumping, I've introduced poles and a small fence, but would not have his owner on at this time (7 mos from breaking) because he is difficult to ride to the fences and unpredictable over them. He will never be a jumper, but for confidence and just incase there is something on a trail, it will be a good skill for him but I think if I worked at it once a week, it would still take a few mos before I was confident to put the owner on. It is really easy to wreck a horses confidence when teaching them to jump and imo should be done by an experienced ride only.
I also agree with Face that if you aren't willing to work very closely with a trainer, a horse who is further along might suit you better.
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