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    01-15-2014, 06:28 PM
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Yearling
Think it would be a good time to start her under saddle?

She stands 14hh as of right now, she's 3yrs old. She knows pretty much everything from the ground she tacks up and all she's just never been ridden or sat on because I was afraid of her not being able to support a person but this past fall she hit a growth spurt and she's at 14hh now and I really really want to ride her but am afraid she is still to small. So I wanting some opinions on whether I should go ahead and start her or wait longer?

Here are some pics of her next to the gate so you can get a rough idea of her height/size:
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Her to the right standing next to my mare who I ride now (left)
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    01-15-2014, 06:44 PM
  #2
Weanling
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Originally Posted by tiffrmcoy    
She stands 14hh as of right now, she's 3yrs old. She knows pretty much everything from the ground she tacks up and all she's just never been ridden or sat on because I was afraid of her not being able to support a person but this past fall she hit a growth spurt and she's at 14hh now and I really really want to ride her but am afraid she is still to small. So I wanting some opinions on whether I should go ahead and start her or wait longer?
Are you worried about her height because she's not done growing? Or are you worried you're too big for her? Or??

As long as you are not too big for her (if that's your concern?), I would say it's fine to lightly start a 3 y/o.
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    01-15-2014, 06:54 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by beverleyy    
Are you worried about her height because she's not done growing? Or are you worried you're too big for her? Or??

As long as you are not too big for her (if that's your concern?), I would say it's fine to lightly start a 3 y/o.
I'm worried about her height because she's not done growing I'm pretty confident I'm not too big for her that wasn't my concern at all
     
    01-15-2014, 07:01 PM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by tiffrmcoy    
I'm worried about her height because she's not done growing I'm pretty confident I'm not too big for her that wasn't my concern at all
14h isn't too small to start a 3y/o. She likely won't grow a TON more at 3yrs (breed depending). I would get your vet to check her for a professional opinion, but I really don't see why it would be a problem to lightly start her at this point.
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    01-15-2014, 07:19 PM
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Green Broke
I agree with the light riding. She's probably not going to be a very tall horse, and she looks pretty compact built.
     
    01-15-2014, 08:00 PM
  #6
Yearling
She's an Arab dam was 14.2 sire was 14.3-15 and measures 63in from chest to tail she is quit compact and he knees are still open. She had a vet exam this past saturday when she got her shots and coggins done he gave her a clean bill of health
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    01-16-2014, 06:50 AM
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Trained
If you're/the trainer is light & if she is going to be VERY lightly started under saddle I don't think there's a problem with it, but as she's still quite immature I'd hold off much weight bearing & high impact exercise a while yet. Look up Dr Deb Bennett's work on growth plate closures in horses. It's also common for horses to have body issues, particularly in the hind end, regardless of early work etc, so I'd personally have an immature horse checked/treated if treated, before riding & when they're still more easily treatable.
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    01-16-2014, 11:13 AM
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Green Broke
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knees are still open
nope, wouldn't do more than a couple light rides, at a walk, for only a couple minutes. If you know she is going to grow a few more inches, especially being an arab, and her knees are open, she should not be ridden much, if at all.

On the track up here many good trainers have started x raying knees, and refusing to take horses who's knees arn't closed. For an industry that is notorious for starting horses excessively young and breaking them down, that's quite an interesting step.

Its probably fine to ride her vey lightly, but if she were mine, I would kick her back out for 6 months.
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    01-16-2014, 02:14 PM
  #9
Yearling
I think I'll hold off on riding her for another year and just keep working her from the ground
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    01-16-2014, 02:31 PM
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Yearling
Sorry for the double post but thank you Loosie for telling me about Dr Deb Bennett I read a thing she wrote on plate closure and found it to be very informative! So thank you again for that!
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