Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: ontario, canada
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I'm like smrobs. I start them fast and throw alot at them all at once. I prefer close to 4 but my last starter was 3 1/2. I do worry a bit at that age since I only buy arabs. They are slow to mature and usually I put about 2 inches on a horse in 6 months or so with hard work.
I prefer something 1/2 wild with no training other then hopefully minimum halter training.
I often get on them as soon as they arrive at the barn, my 2nd last one within 15 minute and from that day on for the next couple of weeks they get rode 2 times each and every day. After a few weeks I drop to once aday.
The minute I know I have ahold of the horse he heads out into the bush. I spend as little time as possible in a round pen.
My last horse was rode on Sunday and Wednesday he was running bush ALONE. I prefer to do things alone, a buddy system is fine but to me it takes away from the bonding so to speak. I want him to rely on me, not a budy horse.
I take 1 1/2 to 2 years to make a goood horse. By 2 years they have all the times down that is required of an excelllent trail horse.
Gates, ground tie, sidepassing, a strong back, knows his leads, fearless for anything I can think of, loads and unloads himself, can be tied anywhere without a fuss etc etc.
NO ONE getts to ride a baby I am working on. It is a person thing like my tooth brush. ONly I can ride him.
From past experience I find the almost wild ones brought on fast become better then the family pet.
I had 3 older wild ones and each spent a little time with a snubbing post and those 3 almost instantly became great tiers but they did get a harsh lesson at the post.
To start at birth bugging them all threw their lives until it is time to break them can create a SULKY horse/ words that a famous trainer calls family pets. I feel you let them grow up and then break them. A little fight never hurts them but teaches respect, something the family pet doesn't have.
I would take smrobs way of breaking over most.
To me NH is totally out in left field. One month of my way more then beats 3 months of NH. In fact my one month has proven to beat 2 years of NH