I halter break mine within thier first month if I can or if I buy a weanling then immediately. It's just a safety precaution in my book. Like take for example my colt jet when he was two weeks old he was attacked by a dog and had to have emergency care and 17 stitches. After that he had to have wound cleaning and disinfecting daily plus antibiotics twice a day. So he had to become halter broke immediately plus used to handling. Has it caused him any problems that he was halter broke at a young age? Nope not a bit nor have I seen anything to indicate dullness. He's a sharp athletic colt and sensitive to light touch from the halter. I handle my young ones almost daily but I don't halter or train them daily. Before they are one I like to establish great ground manners, backing up, standing tied, yielding fore and hind quarters, wear light blankets, little bit of whip desensitizing, being able to touch everywhere, picking up all four feet and loading in the trailer. I take it slow and they learn one thing at a time. And usually by a year old they have pretty great manners. Then after that I put them out with my adult horses who can give them more life lessons. Now I just pet on them daily and maybe once or twice a month halter for a short refresher then they are back out to pasture. This way they can be horses but keep thier good manners :-D
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Last edited by Peppy Barrel Racing; 01-15-2013 at 09:39 AM.