Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
I, as many others here, prefer waiting till 3 to back a horse. My reasoning is pretty simple: why not? You're not going to hurt the horse by waiting till ~3, but you do stand a chance of hurting the horse by starting it too young.
Till then, work on everything you can in-hand. Ground-driving is great - can you ground-drive over a tarp? Have you ground-driven through an obstacle course? Using objects such as ab balls, pool noodles, tarps, and other such objects are great to desnsitize a horse, and that is transferrable to the saddle.
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