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post #1 of 6 Old 04-15-2012, 07:10 AM Thread Starter
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Red face training; how young to start training?

i was wondering what everyones opinions are on how young to start a horse or pony? I have a 2yo paint pony and my friend says she is wasting away in the paddock because she's not being trained for riding yet. I believe this is too young, and she's not mentally reasy but what's your guys opinions? :)
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-15-2012, 07:27 AM
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at 2 she's as mentally ready as she'll ever be. physically between 2 and 3 is normal but it changes for different breeds.
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thanks (: i thought i'd ask as i was told their joints and bones are still developing at 2, but i should probably do more research
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Every horse is different. Some are mentally ready at two, while others are not. I personally wait until at least 3 to start them under saddle but everyone is different. You know your horse the best, and if you don't think she's ready, then maybe she's not. Nothing wrong with waiting. Horses live a long time and there's no need to rush them.
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Are you doing anything with her now? ie. Groundwork. If you are not, it is never too early to start. It is also a good way to help her grow mentally.

Also, she is your horse. If you NEVER got around to starting her under saddle, andvwere happy with her as is, what business is it of your friend. If you want to wait for whatever reason, then wait. Unless you are sending her to your friend to be trained, YOU decide.
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-15-2012, 12:57 PM
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I would start her. Even if you just trained her to saddle and bridle and got her bending, going and stopping from the ground it is better than letting her sit in the field. Even getting on her a few times wont hurt.
As others have said, it depends on the horse and size. I wouldn't recommend hard riding for a young horse, but some laps in the round pen or out in the field is a good start. Even short trail rides if she is ready for it.

"If a horse fails to do something that is because he was not trained to do it. If a horse fails to do something properly that is because he was not trained properly."
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