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post #11 of 13 Old 08-01-2009, 02:44 PM
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I start them at two... well start work undersaddle at two. They should have sufficient ground work and be imprinted. but I usually start at two and do a lot of dressage work and show them in pleasure and dressagey stuff until theyre four, when theyre ready to jump. I HATE starting a four year old... thats their booger age.. :P

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post #12 of 13 Old 08-01-2009, 11:49 PM
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I usually start initial training around 2 1/2. No riding or backing, but I will start getting them used to wearing a saddle pad, saddle and a girth. I will get them walking on a lunge line, so they get the concept of going in a circle. Around 3 years, the start more lunge work, and then get backed. Usually within a week they are steering and doing a little bit of trot. They are mostly always trained within a month.

So I'd say I have a short timeline if you only count from the day they get backed.

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post #13 of 13 Old 08-03-2009, 04:45 PM
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Again I think it depends on the horse and the owner. Ours, I plan to keep all the days of their lives. I'm not a horse trainer I'm a horse owner. Go ahead and call them pets, that may be what they are. I do believe in letting them just be horses for the first 2 years. Nothing beyond halter breaking so they can be doctored, feet done and handled safely.
I don't allow disrespect from a horse, but I do want the trust that a long term relationship will build. I think it comes down to, you do what works in your world and with your horse. There is no one way to do something, just as there is no one personallity of horse or human. What a boring world it would be it that was true
I also live in a place where a horse can be worked well outdoors year round. If your someplace where winters are a time off, your time line may be different.

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