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post #1 of 45 Old 10-17-2009, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Why do some people break horses at 1yr old

As in the title, i am beginning to see more and more horses that are broken to ride and drive at 1yr old, 2yr old and they are saying they are bombproof. why do some people do this and not let the horse develope enough so they can have strong backs and not end up in a meat van
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post #2 of 45 Old 10-17-2009, 03:41 PM
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Maybe it's because they don't have the patience to wait until they are a reasonable age or because they think that their horse is better than anyone else's or because the assume the horse is read. It's a good question.

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post #3 of 45 Old 10-17-2009, 03:44 PM
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Yeah I agree with this!! Its pretty much wrong IMO.

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post #4 of 45 Old 10-17-2009, 03:49 PM
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People stupide things with horses. I have broke about 3 horses and each one was very different the one I am working with now is 3 yr old and only be riden about a dozen times. I have a dutch warmblood that I broke and didnt ride until he was 5. Every horse matures differently, but I thing the earliest you should get on a horse's back is 3. The 3 yr old I am working right now we only ride for ten mins at a time so its not strenuous for her. People also need to know that its not safe to back a horse at 1 or 2 due to they aren't usually done growning and their bones are not as strong. That's why you see a lot of race horses with leg injuries.
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post #5 of 45 Old 10-17-2009, 03:49 PM
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Impatience.
I'd back a horse at 2 years or 2 and a half.
Like I'm starting to do with Volcan.
It's frequent in the UK. I'm not sure about USA.
Normally travellers or the unpleasent type people are doing this to horses.
Since there's no law in place to stop it, it'll keep going on.
I saw an ad on horsemart for a 2 and a half year old gelding, Irish Sprt Horse, and he was jumping some decent XC fences. Apparently he'd gone out and done double clears.
Since the show lot are useless and don't check passports it doesn't surprise me in the least.

I guess that's just the way people are.
I'd back them at 2, like sit on them maybe walk them round for 5mins once a week for a month. Then leave them till 3 to start light work.
These people are running them into the ground at 2.
It all depends on who's doing it and weather they're pro's or not.

I'd also like to add.
No horse stops growing both ways till it's about 7.
So, I'm not using the "It's not developed properly" excuse.
Hell there's horses going round Novice and Intermediate tracks at 6 years old.
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post #6 of 45 Old 10-17-2009, 03:53 PM
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Sorry I meant to ready not read my bad.

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post #7 of 45 Old 10-17-2009, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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its happening here in ireland a lot too and i just cant stand it, its not just backing and leaving off it backing and competing and driving and everything that really annoys me, i always report the posts with the really young horses on them
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post #8 of 45 Old 10-17-2009, 04:07 PM
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I know a lot of people that do it in the US too. You see it a lot in the hunter jumper world with people that want to sell them quick and fast so they push a young one and start competing them at age 3 or 4 just to get them out of their barn and sold for a good amount of money. My friend bought a young horse that was going around the hunter ring and a year later was lame and could never jump again because he was driven into the ground at such a young age. Its sad to see
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post #9 of 45 Old 10-17-2009, 04:19 PM
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Ignorance, impatience, stupidity...

The earliest I'd go would be two, and only if I felt the horse could handle it (like with my now three year old gelding... started him lightly at two because I felt he could handle it and he's done beautifully).

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post #10 of 45 Old 10-17-2009, 04:28 PM
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Some horses need to be worked with alot earlier then another.. I know that the foal that we have we started working with from the day she was born. We did not acutaly get on her back though untill this summer.. (she is three btw).. but we had her saddle broke, able to lead, pick feet, do everything else that is ground work by the time she was a year and a half.. We started earlie because it is plane and simple.. he mother is crazey.. she has a good temperment, but once your on her back she dosn't care what you do, if you looksen up on the reins even a smidge, she will take off... she is a apendix, beautifull horse, but still.. VERY crazy when your on her back! But a great pole bender, and barrel racer! We wanted to treat the foal to respect people as much as possible, so that she wasn't about to try and kill us right off the bat when we did end up getting on her back. We started her with my tiny cousin.. who is only about 5'.. and only 75, and have slowly worked her up. But it worked, and she has only bucked a couple times.. and hasn't even managed to get anyone off!

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