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    02-21-2011, 10:43 AM
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Weanling
What age does everyone think it is correct to start a horse?

Hey guys,

Both the horses I have broke have been oldish(4 yrs and 12 yrs) so I was happy with breaking them. Unfortunately due to lack of funds I had to sell my latest horse.

Now I have a full time job I can afford a horse again and as I really miss it, its defo a possiblilty in the future!

Anyways, I am VERY interested in welsh sec d and due to being a 19 year old girl I have a lack of funds but I consider myself fairly experienced, so I am wanting to buy a young welsh section d to break in. I also prefer the fact that they are a blank canvas and the bond you get when you start a horse is always incredible

Anyway, (sorry getting distracted)... What age do you lot consider correct to start a young horse? I have always been against people breaking in at a young age and I have always thought they need to be at least 4 but recently I am changing my opinion as nearly every horse I know is broken at 3

Horse in question will defintely be a welsh section d(if this changes age) but just generally id like to know what age you guys start a horse?

Thanks,
Sarah
     
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    02-21-2011, 10:48 AM
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Green Broke
ReAlly it depends on what you want to do with you horse. Most of the time people start horses before 2 years of age because of money either racing industry or shows. Or just plain ignorance. It's really personal preference when it comes down to it. Personally I like to start a horse (depending on it's development) at 2.
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    02-21-2011, 10:54 AM
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Weanling
When you say start do you mean like get used to tack etc? Or do you mean break them in and start riding etc?
     
    02-21-2011, 10:55 AM
  #4
Weanling
Oh and il be wanting to break the horse in to be ridden by me. To do a bit of everything.
     
    02-21-2011, 11:21 AM
  #5
Started
It depends quite a bit on the breeds and the disciplines, not only the horse. Warmbloods and such tend to mature a little more slowly than something like Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds (or so I've been told). There are several people in the warmblood world that would agree 4 years old is the best time to start a horse.

My personal preference is to start backing them around 3 years and doing the easy basics (steering, halting, changing gaits etc)... but not seriously riding and training until around 4 years.

It's your choice really. I personally like to err on the side of caution and have the horse be a little more mature both physically and mentally. That isn't to say that you can't do a whole TON of groundwork, desensitization, and other training "games" starting as early as 2 years old.
     
    02-21-2011, 11:27 AM
  #6
Trained
^^ all horses mature about the same rate, but some breeds look more mature than others at a younger age- that doesnt mean they are.

I like starting at 2yo [riding w/t/c] then throw them out for a few months to grow up. Or start them riding at 3 with no break, but gradually longer and harder work.
     
    02-21-2011, 11:27 AM
  #7
Weanling
I am an open-minded person most of the time, but this is one area I am quite judgmental about.
In my personal opinion, a horse can be worked with from the time they are a foal, but I don't believe a horse should have anyone on its back until age three. I think at age two it is fine to saddle up and do some light ponying but nothing long or strenuous. Between three and four it is fine to ride but no jumping, speed events, or serious work. By age four you can start the horse's "career" so to speak, but I wouldn't consider a horse fully mature until age five.
Of course many people start horses much younger than I believe is right. I also don't believe a mare should be bred until age four or five.
My beliefs are based on many years of seeing how young Thoroughbreds snap their legs while galloping and how horses that are started young are almost expected to have joint problems by their early teens. People who start horses young also think a horse can be ready to retire at twenty.
Horses that are started later in life can reasonably be expected to be used into their late twenties or early thirties. My mare who was started late is twenty and is as sound as she was at ten. I don't have her on joint supplements or arthritis medicines and I don't expect her to need them until she is actually "old."
Of course I feel my horses' health is far more important than earning money or fame with them, and that's why I pour money into my horses and watch them poop it out their back ends.
     
    02-21-2011, 11:35 AM
  #8
Started
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Originally Posted by gottatrot    
I am an open-minded person most of the time, but this is one area I am quite judgmental about.
In my personal opinion, a horse can be worked with from the time they are a foal, but I don't believe a horse should have anyone on its back until age three. I think at age two it is fine to saddle up and do some light ponying but nothing long or strenuous. Between three and four it is fine to ride but no jumping, speed events, or serious work. By age four you can start the horse's "career" so to speak, but I wouldn't consider a horse fully mature until age five.
Of course many people start horses much younger than I believe is right. I also don't believe a mare should be bred until age four or five.
My beliefs are based on many years of seeing how young Thoroughbreds snap their legs while galloping and how horses that are started young are almost expected to have joint problems by their early teens. People who start horses young also think a horse can be ready to retire at twenty.
Horses that are started later in life can reasonably be expected to be used into their late twenties or early thirties. My mare who was started late is twenty and is as sound as she was at ten. I don't have her on joint supplements or arthritis medicines and I don't expect her to need them until she is actually "old."
Of course I feel my horses' health is far more important than earning money or fame with them, and that's why I pour money into my horses and watch them poop it out their back ends.
I couldn't have put it more eloquently myself. I think this is very well said, and I agree 100%.
     
    02-21-2011, 11:53 AM
  #9
Started
I have a coming 3 year old Arabian and I have no plans on breaking him to ride until he is grown enough to handle it. There's really no age limit. It depends on the horse and the breed. Some horses can handle a rider at age 2 while some need to wait until they are 4. For my horse, I've had ignorant "horse people" tell me I should be riding him already and that I'm doing both of us a disservice by waiting and I enjoy telling them what I think of their opinions. He bits well, he saddles well with a cutback saddle, and we can lay across his back while stands calmly. That's good enough for where he is in his growth and development.
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    02-21-2011, 11:55 AM
  #10
Weanling
Ddraiggoch Welsh Cobs

The filly im thinking of getting is in youngstock-valerie but there is also another colt and filly for sale.

What do you guys think of them? They are very well bred youngsters for low money and exactly what I want.
     

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