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        11-27-2012, 08:14 PM
      #21
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by TexasBlaze    
    The horse pictures about looks WAAY too immature physically for a rider IMHO
    I know what you mean. But he has a long coat so that makes him look like a teddy bear.
    Here is a pic of him in summer.

         
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        11-27-2012, 08:25 PM
      #22
    Yearling
    You can see he's still developing physically. Especially since he DOES look so different in those pictures. His body still needs more time to grow. I wouldnt back him until he was at least 30 months old.
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        11-27-2012, 08:32 PM
      #23
    Started
    Yeah he looks like he's still got some growing to do I would hold off on ridding for a while
         
        11-27-2012, 08:38 PM
      #24
    Trained
    Do your research properly, don't just ask on here. Go find information on when horse's growth plates fuse, and information on what riding before they do can do to your horse. Then make your own mind up from an educated stand-point. There are people who don't know and don't care about this information, who start horses when they think it is right, and there are people who know and still don't care. Don't let yourself be led by the "I did it this way and my horse's are all amazing" crowd - make your own mind up by actually researching the issues.
         
        11-27-2012, 08:58 PM
      #25
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Chiilaa    
    Do your research properly, don't just ask on here. Go find information on when horse's growth plates fuse, and information on what riding before they do can do to your horse. Then make your own mind up from an educated stand-point. There are people who don't know and don't care about this information, who start horses when they think it is right, and there are people who know and still don't care. Don't let yourself be led by the "I did it this way and my horse's are all amazing" crowd - make your own mind up by actually researching the issues.
    Thank you.
         
        11-27-2012, 09:38 PM
      #26
    Yearling
    Hes BEAUTIFUL! However, yes he does look a bit immature yet.

    Possibly wait until she's 2 1/2 and see how he's looking. From then-on determine whether you want to ride him now or later.

    Also it wouldn't hurt to get an x-ray and see where the horse's back/knees are for developing. It would be a good idea to see where they are in development.

    Good luck! I really like him!
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        11-28-2012, 06:11 AM
      #27
    Yearling
    I didn't put a saddle on my filly till she was 2 1/2. She'll be 3 in May, so I started doing my research on when growth plates fuse. Apparently, it's commonly believed that horses develop at different rates. Based on whatever...breed, size etc. That has been proven FALSE!! All horses develop at the same speed regardless, except for their backs. I would wait on your horse, it won't hurt him. I might consider light riding at 2 1/2...being 15 min rides at a walk and a small amount of trot. Then let him sit for a while.
         
        11-28-2012, 06:14 AM
      #28
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    I prefer no earlier than 3, better 4. Ground driving and groundwork (appropriate for the age and physical maturity) until that to get the horse accepting to human interaction and responsive to cues that can be later used when ridden. There is no need to rush anything and to get on their backs as fast as possible - the longer we take, the longer we let them mature at their own pace, the longer we will have healthy, happy, long-living horses that will be glad to give us a ride even after their twenties. A horse that is backed too soon has more risk to break down sooner in life...
         
        11-28-2012, 06:30 AM
      #29
    Started
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    Originally Posted by Army wife    
    I didn't put a saddle on my filly till she was 2 1/2. She'll be 3 in May, so I started doing my research on when growth plates fuse. Apparently, it's commonly believed that horses develop at different rates. Based on whatever...breed, size etc. That has been proven FALSE!! All horses develop at the same speed regardless, except for their backs. I would wait on your horse, it won't hurt him. I might consider light riding at 2 1/2...being 15 min rides at a walk and a small amount of trot. Then let him sit for a while.
    Yup, commonly held belief but incorrect. I think people might have got confused at some point between physical and mental maturity - certainly some breeds and some horses are mentally ready for training sooner than others, but their joints all fuse at roughly the same time.

    I'd not back a horse til it was 3 myself, there's so much time in a horse's life it makes little sense to rush them. And there's heaps else that you can perfect on the ground that so many horses don't have down pat (to their owner's frustration) like loading, spending time away from the herd, ground tying, picking up feet politely and other stuff that those of us who have adult horses would have loved their original trainer to put in before they weighed 550kg...
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        11-28-2012, 06:57 AM
      #30
    Started
    I am with the three and over crowd :) have to wait till the knees close...
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