01-05-2010, 01:18 PM
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I backed my gelding(colt at the time) when he was 25 months. So just over two years old. I got on him bareback a few times, just getting led around. After a few weeks I started light jogging and a lope in a straight line once or twice, and kept that going until fall. I don't ride over the winter, so he had the winter of besides a few bareback rides. Then I started riding in the spring again as a 3 year old, and he got gelded in May. I gave him about 3-4 weeks off after he got gelded and brought him back up. Late summer we did a few trail rides, and a few more into fall. He again has the winter off except for a few bareback rides and maybe a trail ride or two. Come spring(March ish) I'll start riding 3-4 times a week and then his first show is in April. I think it all depends on the horse and the mental and physical maturity of them. Chopper was ready, and when he was 2 he was stocky and abot 14.2 ish. Lots of people start babies as long yearlings, around 19-20 months, get on them a few times and throw them back in the pasture for the winter.