What age do I back an Arab? - The Horse Forum

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post #1 of 4 Old 03-23-2012, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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What age do I back an Arab?

I just got a new filly, and I've heard everything from 2-6 years. I guess I just want opinions. I was thinking of three.
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post #2 of 4 Old 03-23-2012, 09:04 PM
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Depends on the horse and the breeding .. some mature faster than others .. I'd say NEVER before 3 .. and some of the slower ones' 4 or 5 ....

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post #3 of 4 Old 03-23-2012, 10:44 PM
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I agree with above. I usualy start lunging and ground drivingn at two.

IF they have mentally matured enough, I usually start riding at three. My daughter has decided to leave her fily until four.

If you wait too long, they lose any work ethic. That is why I like to start making them work about two - even if it is only 20 minutes here and there. Then, by the time you are riding, they love to work and are easy to work with.
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post #4 of 4 Old 03-24-2012, 12:07 AM
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I got my 2 yr old Arab filly on January 4th, her 3rd birthday was March 15th. I starting lunging her and doing ground work as soon as I got her. She had not been worked with at all. She has been saddled a total of 6 times now, and I leaned over her back for the first time today. She is on a meticulous diet and exercise program. She is a rescue :) Here is a pic:
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