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    01-05-2012, 03:16 PM
Question starting a colt/filly

I have a filly here who will be two in april. I was wondering if it would be ok for me to saddle her and let her get used to it or if I should just wait? She is a year and 8 months and 14.2 hh, Qh so she is a pretty good size but I know that does not always make a difference. I am not going to ride her till she two and a half-ish. I just want to get her used to the saddle.
What do you think?
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    01-05-2012, 05:13 PM
Any one??
    01-05-2012, 05:27 PM
I started putting a saddle on mine then. I wanted him to get used to everything when he was young because he was so brave and curious. He will be three in April, and he hasn't been ridden yet, but I will half-sit on him from a fence rail, and he doesn't mind a bit.
    01-05-2012, 05:42 PM
My colt is 19mths and currently gets time with both saddle and bridle. The saddle I use is a wintec close contact so it's really quite light (no stirrups on currently) and he happily packs around a single joint eggbutt with no problems. My thought is that the more you can get him used to now, the easier things will be later on.
    01-05-2012, 05:44 PM
I have always put the saddle on once the horse has turned a year, so's they get used to the feel, weight, so on so forth. I just don't cinch it up tight, only tight enough so it wont slip off or anything. IMO its best to get them really comfortable with the tack you will be using when the horse is old enough to ride/drive or whatever you do with them, the more time you give them, the easier it is for them to adjust to it
    01-05-2012, 05:59 PM
Thanks everyone!
    01-06-2012, 07:21 PM
Green Broke
My horse turns 2 in April as well! Ill be completely honest, when my horse was 15months old, I threw a very light weight saddle on him to see how he would react. I put the saddle on him a lot more now, but with that being said, he gets a saddle on maybe once a week, if that.

Good Luck! Babies are fun
    01-06-2012, 08:04 PM
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    01-06-2012, 08:45 PM
Question rschenkel, why the polo wraps on a baby?
    01-06-2012, 08:56 PM
I just got back from ponying her on a trail ride. I figure better to be safe don't want a pulled tendon or shin spilnts. I also want her to get use to the routine of getting polos put on her.
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