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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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    02-04-2008, 01:41 AM
It is true that this particular concept has been covered in length on the jumping and when to start threads....they are still ongoing if anyone wants to continue the debate there.

Maybe to keep things from getting out of hand...make the focus of this thread about answering the poll question so that we can all see the stats on our different opinions. That would be an interesting, and not so heated angle to look at this from.
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    02-04-2008, 08:24 AM
Originally Posted by tim
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:

Because backing a horse LATER isn't going to damage it. EARLIER does. Nor is backing a horse later in its life a sign of greed (though it is good business sense since that horse is liable to stay sound for longer).
Besides, I've never been responsible for the training of a young horse, so I have nothing to feel guilty about either way.
And also, science.

And now I'm leaving, because this is the same thread all over again.
    02-04-2008, 11:32 AM
Originally Posted by Kyani
For the most part, no one is willing to listen to any disagreement to their own view...
People in glass houses and all that...
    02-04-2008, 01:42 PM
I am willing to listen to other points of view. I used to think it was ok to lunge a youngster, until I was educated otherwise.

This openess does not extend to sitting on a horse under the age of two. 3 if I'm being strict.

And I need to develop the will not to react to insults.
    02-04-2008, 04:59 PM
Yeah I like hearing the different opinions.

And guys don't get so worked up about this. If you go back and read, how has it gotten out of hand? We have all been mature about this. :)

Whats a forum when everyone agrees on the same thing?

I understand ALL of your opinions on this. But like I said it's more than likely what your used to. Like maybe if someone was raised on a Quarter Horse farm they most likely started colts at age 2, when if someone grew up doing dressage they might start them at age 6.
I heard Warmbloods mature alot younger? Is that right?
    02-04-2008, 05:11 PM
Growth plates mature at the same age in almost every breed. TBs and stock horses are just bred to LOOK like they're more mature at a younger age.
    02-04-2008, 05:36 PM
Actually they don't mature the same in every breed. Drafts for instance take a little while longer.

I think you can start your foal whenever you want as long as their fully developed in their knees and stuff. There is a thing were you can get that checked you know and most people do it before starting their two year old horse.

I don't see why you guys are getting so worked up over this I mean if you want to start a horse at a later age then do so and if somebody else wants to start at an earlier age then they can do so. All in all its not like someone is pointing a gun to your head and forcing you to do what they believe in its just opinions and that's what the forum is about.
    02-04-2008, 06:48 PM
Yeah, some take a little longer, but no horse is done untl 4 at the youngest.

Checking the knees is meaningless - they're some of the first growth plates to close. The spine is one of the most important, and one of the last to close around 2 or more years later.

People can state their opinions, but debate is all about saying what you do and don't agree with, and explaining why, so of course others will counter right back. I'm under no delusions that I can make someone change their minds.
    02-04-2008, 07:17 PM
Originally Posted by Kyani
I am willing to listen to other points of view. I used to think it was ok to lunge a youngster, until I was educated otherwise.
not trying to pick at you Kyani, I have stayed well away from this topic but I have to say this - how is it any different longeing a young horse to letting them out in the field to run around like a spaz?? At least it is a more controled environment on the longe and they are not going to break a leg or go through a fence...... are you suggesting that all young horses should be wrapped in cotton wool and not move until they are 3 for fear over damaging their growth plates???
    02-04-2008, 07:34 PM
There may be differing opinions and muliple threads but they have been very informative. I am fairly new to having young horses, I have 2 that will be 2 in a couple of months. Because of all of you, I have decided to wait until they are 3 to start them under saddle. I had planned on starting this spring but will wait till fall and the following spring. I think I will go ahead and get them used to the saddle and possibly putting a saddle on their back but no riding till next year. See, all that opining and arguing actually did some good A friend of mine waits to start hers (Peruvian Paso's) until they are 4-5 I thought she was waiting a bit long but from what I have heard some breeds need to wait that long.

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