Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: TN, but moving soon
• Horses: 0
Okay, I totally agree with not trying to ride a horse until at least 2.5 years old, and even then, I'd find the lightest rider I could. I'm 117 myself so its not that bad if the horse is growing solidly. What does everyone think about starting a yearling with nothing but a light saddle, with nothing on it, so they can get used to something on their back? Or even a bareback pad to begin with. I've seen people do that, then add grain baqgs tied to the saddle after a few months to slowly build the weight so they can get feel for when the horse is ready for a rider's weight. They seem to think it helps transition form ground work to saddle. Any thoughts on that process? Oh pulling for that matter, ohw old woul you all suggest they need to be to ask them to try moving, say, 50 pounds?
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