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post #1 of 3 Old 07-04-2012, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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Question training yearlings

my colt is reaching 11 months old and I was wondering what I can do with him to give him the best chance in the riding part of his life- he is fully halter broken(donkey on a lead) extremely laid back and just reached 13.2hh. He is a belium warmblood x cob so not too fine, and is absolutely fine being on his own.
Apart from leading him over different things and getting him used to bag/rugs/hoof picks etc. is there anything I can do riding wise? Considering I can't lunge or ride him yet with him being too immature (:
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post #2 of 3 Old 07-04-2012, 12:37 PM
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Big horse breeds take longer to mature. He isn't even a yearling yet. Don't put anything heavier than a few pounds on his back. If you must, toss a saddlepad on him every so often. Don't bridle him. Do some groundwork. Young horses have short attention spans and usually can only handle ten or fifteen minutes at a time. Don't try to lunge him. It's too hard on his joints. Don't bother attempting to do much with him until he's 3yrs. I wouldn't ride him til 5 or 6, but that's just me. Heavier breeds take longer to mature and you can mess his body up if you start him too soon.
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post #3 of 3 Old 07-04-2012, 04:04 PM
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Horses can change greatly between 2 and 5. What you do now may not have a whit to do with what horse behaves like later.

Leave horse alone would be my thought. If it leads, will let feet be worked on, and is agreeable to handle, then let it be a horse.

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