What age should you start a horse?

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What age should you start a horse?

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View Poll Results: What age should you start a horse?
1yr 1 5.00%
1 1/2yrs 1 5.00%
2yrs 5 25.00%
2 1/2yrs 4 20.00%
3yrs 6 30.00%
3 1/2yrs 2 10.00%
4yrs 1 5.00%
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    02-03-2008, 08:12 PM
What age should you start a horse?

What age should you start a horse for riding? I think you should start saddling them at age 2. But that's just my opinion.
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    02-03-2008, 08:15 PM
I started Hoopie, my mare, at age 2.
    02-03-2008, 08:19 PM
Yea, I say 2 but it will change sometimes based on the horse.
    02-03-2008, 08:39 PM
A late 2 year old
    02-03-2008, 08:42 PM
Are we talking saddling, first moutning or actually riding?
    02-03-2008, 08:45 PM
I was going based on first mounting, not much riding
    02-03-2008, 08:52 PM
I guess you have to look at the horse. In the reining world, there horses are fully finnished at age 3. While they don't even take some dressage horses out of the barn till there age 6.
    02-03-2008, 08:57 PM
I say late 2 year old or 2 and a half. That's how they are around here.

You also have to think that dressage people tend to teach their horses alot more technical things that take longer to learn than most western things.
    02-03-2008, 09:38 PM
No offense, but why do we keep beating this dead horse?
    02-03-2008, 10:05 PM
Sara makes a point. Most of us have already explained our views in detail in Delete's thread.

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