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post #1 of 55 Old 01-08-2008, 10:03 AM Thread Starter
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When should i start to ride?

I have a yearling paint colt who is about 14hh at the most. I don't know what to do with him. He is turing 2 in April and he is getting ready to be ridden. Me being 5"7 and weight 135, i don't know if i should ride him, and if i do how hard and often. He is already saddle borke and bit broke all i have to do is just start working him. I have ridden him for about 5 min bareback about 5 times. He is a fast learner. But he is just so small. Supposedly his sire was 16hh and his dam was 15.2hh. He will make an amazing western pleasure pony (or horse). I just don't know when and how much i should ride him.
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post #2 of 55 Old 01-08-2008, 02:03 PM
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If you'd like your horse to not last long then start him now. I'd VERY much recommend you wait at least another year as he's still a baby and is too young to start under saddle. You can work on ground work, and start putting bit and surcingle on him. Then do some ground driving so he gets used to steering and such. They are much easier to break once they understand the voice commands and the groundwork is all done.
I don't start my horses until they are at LEAST 3, and at 3 it's get them broke lightly for about a month and then leave them for 6 months or more. If a horse is younger than 4, it is too young to go to school.....
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People on this forum are very nice to babies.

My horse was broke at 2 and he's 8 now. We don't have any problems.
Use common sense. It is a young horse so don't ride for very long at all. I would use riding as a supplement to ground work and slowly begin to turn that around. In a year you could be doing both equally.
Dont do much more than walk and jog. His bones don't need any loping. Also, don't expect him to give you a really nice slow collected jog if he isn't naturally easy going. It requires more muscle tone than trotting quickly actually. Imagine trying to drive a car slowly in a higher gear. It requires a lot of torque. Conversely, trotting is a more aerobic exercise than jogging, so while his muscles wont need as much development, he might become winded easily.

These horses are all 2 years old.
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post #4 of 55 Old 01-08-2008, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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All the horses i have broke before him i have broke at the age of 2 also. But they have never been as small as him. I was just worried that i was going hurt him.
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I think you might want to give him the chance to grow and strengthen.....

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post #6 of 55 Old 01-08-2008, 07:05 PM
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I have a two year old who will be three in the spring.. I just purchased her, she's completely untrained (well she learned to lunge this week)..

Anyway my trainer breaks horses at the age of two (about 16-18 mos to drive).. Morgans tend to be small too, but none of her horses have had any problems. In fact her three year olds are more sane, bombproof, etc. then most peoples horses will ever be. I would say weigh him (with weight tape) and use the rule of thumb that horses should not carry more than 20% of their body weight. If you weigh 135 (+20lb saddle or so) he should be at least 800lbs IMO.. Which at 14h, he could be.. I would say weigh him, and if hes within 15lbs of 800 or more.. then it shouldn't do any harm. I would just keep the lessons short and productive and not overwork him until he has the chance to fully mature.
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post #7 of 55 Old 01-08-2008, 09:23 PM
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I say do alot of ground work for this year get him in the round pen lounging and stuff. Put a saddle on him and lounge him with that to get him used to the bouncing and stuff. Do bit pressures on the ground and stuff. You'll find that by next year when he turns about 3 you can start him and it will be pretty easy
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post #8 of 55 Old 01-08-2008, 09:45 PM
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My mustang is also going to be 2 in April. He is still very green and actually small....he is about to go through a growth spurt. He is currently 14hh and very gangly and awkward, I am expecting to start light saddle training at the end of summer and by the following summer he should be a decent ride at 31/2 but still very young. From what I hear though, mustangs are pretty stocky, so I think it will be ok. I personally wouldnt start mine between now and the end of summer because I KNOW he is not done growing. :)
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post #9 of 55 Old 01-08-2008, 09:50 PM
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Here is a good article on when and how to start a young horse.

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post #10 of 55 Old 01-09-2008, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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Like i said i have started all my horses out at the age of 2. My first one is now 7, he dosen't have any problems. My other is now 5 he is my best show horse. I'v just never delt with such a small horse
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