So about three months ago now I purchased a Friesian sporthorse. Originally I had thought he was turning 5 on May 17, his previous owners sure made it sound like that. However, I come to find he is turning 4 once I have purchased him. So he is recently 4 as of last month. Which changes a lot of things, expectations for a 4 year old vs. 5 year old are different.
Anyway, he has been doing great. Really understanding bending and stretching like a pro. He is responding/respecting the outside rein. He has already conquered leg yields and we are now starting on shoulder in and I have barely begun to work on his canter. He knows the cue on the ground we have worked on it twice now in saddle.
So my concern is how much is too much. I have always read Friesians have such a willing to please attitude you can push them to far without realizing it. I have trained many horses before, but never quiet this young, starting more at 5 or 6. He is about 16.1 hands now and is cleared to ride, but with his Friesian genes I don't know late or how much more growing he will do.
Basically, I would like to hear your experiences with your horses. Where you think he should be at this age considering his breed. Thanks, sorry I tend to blabber. Oh and we are training dressage, if that wasn't clear :)