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  • What age do you back a clydesdale

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    11-24-2012, 03:54 PM
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Originally Posted by horsecrazygirl13    
My horse is one and a half and I wanted to try riding him in late summer. His birthday is in may and he is really big already.
If his birthday is in May he won't be '2 1/2' in the summer
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    11-24-2012, 03:56 PM
Originally Posted by themacpack    
If his birthday is in May he won't be '2 1/2' in the summer
I meant late summer to fall.
    11-24-2012, 04:00 PM
I don't think I would start him that early, the size of the horse doesn't mean they are completely ready to be ridden. If that were true you could start ridding Clydesdales at one! I agree with what themacpack said in his original post. I personally wouldn't start ridding him until he was three and then only start with very light stuff
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    11-24-2012, 04:08 PM
I have a 2 1/2 year old Gypsy cross colt, I wouldn't even think of backing him for at least another year - he's still leggy and not filled out in the barrel, he's just starting to really come together as a 'horse'. Which tells me his growth plates are no where near close enough to be ready to hold weight - despite his great size.
If you're not sure have you vet come out and look at him and ask your vets opinion whether or not they're ready - they may suggest taking some x-rays to see how far along his development really is. I'd always rather be safe than sorry and extra year of ground work isn't going to hurt anything ;)
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    11-24-2012, 07:43 PM
I have never personally started or backed a horse. But if it was me I would wait till 4 or 5. Just gives them more opportunity to have the cartilage to harden and allows the mind to mature more. Do as much ground work and sacking out as possible. When I read broke 2 year old or 3 year old, red flags go up. And when I see started on pattern at 2.
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    11-24-2012, 10:10 PM
It really depends on the individual horse. All horse mature at different paces. Horses who tend to be on the bigger side (like lets say 16.2-17hh+) are usually slower matures. People seem to think JUST because the horse is big, automatically means that the horse is mature enough for somebody to ride it, which is false.

I have my 2 year old (shes going to be 3 on the 21st of January) who I started a while ago when she was 2 1/2.

Its one thing to get on them and do small basics, like this is how you turn, etc. and doing minimal circles and turns as possible.

As long as you know what you are doing and keep it short you shouldn't have any trouble.

I should add that the reason I can start my horse at this age is because 1. She's definitely mentally mature enough, she has the behavior of a 21 year old. I kid you not. 2. She is a very strong horse, we've had a vet check her and he thought that she could start light training about now.

Always talk to a vet about this stuff too, it doesn't hurt.
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    11-27-2012, 06:42 PM
Ah yes Sorrel is back.

I won't give you the lengthy speech, just get your crosses and torches out now.

I start riding at two. None of my horses are lame, their legs haven't fallen off, they are progressing amazingly and their minds are sound and they could pass any and every vet check with flying colors.

That's all.
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    11-27-2012, 07:29 PM
I am with sorrel, I am going to start backing my yearling in the spring (shortly after she turns 2) I am going to start off with saddle breaking and once we have that, I am going to get on her bareback and then with the saddle
    11-27-2012, 08:41 PM
Originally Posted by Breezy2011    
I am with sorrel, I am going to start backing my yearling in the spring (shortly after she turns 2) I am going to start off with saddle breaking and once we have that, I am going to get on her bareback and then with the saddle
Hooray! I can start riding my horse in summer! Believe me, I can't wait! I'm pretty tall, about 5' 9'', but im 'thin' and weigh about 61.5 kg. My horse is about to my chest at his withers. So would I be too heavy?
This is him.
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    11-27-2012, 09:03 PM
The horse pictures about looks WAAY too immature physically for a rider IMHO

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