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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%
    Voters: 20. You may not vote on this poll

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        02-03-2008, 10:07 PM
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        02-03-2008, 10:11 PM
    This looks like a recipe for disaster. Very controversial. I think we all know each other's opinions from the Jumping Age thread. I feel very strongly about this topic, but will keep my mouth shut because I know it'll start a fight.
        02-03-2008, 10:18 PM
    Yea that's true I was wondering where I saw something like this before
        02-03-2008, 10:33 PM
    What!? Ok guys calm down I'm not even talking about jumping. I'm talking about colt starting.
        02-03-2008, 10:38 PM
    Green Broke
    Completely depends on the breed. Qh's are mature around 4 so you can start them a little earlier then say, a warmblood that's mature around 6. Most of my horses are in a training program by 3.
        02-03-2008, 10:48 PM
    What!? Ok guys calm down I'm not even talking about jumping. I'm talking about colt starting.
    It doesn't matter. I think that this is a controversial topic, much like the jumping topic. I personally don't like to see ANY horse started before 3. I think it's completely unnecessary. And some of you are going to say "no no it's fine for the horse" but I don't think it is.
    And we've all been over this before. I completely agree with Sara - this topic has been covered countless times, can we all just agree to disagree on this one and put it to bed? Please?
        02-03-2008, 11:01 PM
    As well as the jumping topic, there was also Delete's thread on when to start riding. So all in all I think this topic is already being well covered on other threads. So far it has stayed civil, so I don't think there's a need to tempt controversy even more.

    And usually I'm all for a good debate - it's what I comes to forums FOR - but this particular one is getting to me. For the most part, no one is willing to listen to any disagreement to their own view, probably because no one wants to admit that what they've been doing has been damaging horses/a display of greed.
        02-03-2008, 11:07 PM
    Thank you Kyani.

    I feel very strongly on this topic, as I'm sure many of you out there are as well - I think what I think, and that's that.

    "beating the dead horse" is a great term for this one.

    This is my last post on this thread :)
        02-03-2008, 11:09 PM
    Originally Posted by Kyani
    probably because no one wants to admit that what they've been doing has been damaging horses/a display of greed.
    But there's no obstinacy on your end...? Mm Hmm... :roll:
        02-03-2008, 11:26 PM
    It has been proven that a horses kneecaps don't fully develop enough to carry rider weight before age three.

    I don't think you should start a horse until they are three.

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