Why do some people break horses at 1yr old - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 45 Old 10-17-2009, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Ireland
Posts: 615
• Horses: 3
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
bubblegum is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 45 Old 10-17-2009, 03:41 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 3,823
• Horses: 3
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.

"And somewhere in the northwoods darkness a creature walks upright. And the best advice you may ever get is: Don't go out at night..."
tempest is offline  
post #3 of 45 Old 10-17-2009, 03:44 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Rochester, New York
Posts: 2,763
• Horses: 1
Yeah I agree with this!! Its pretty much wrong IMO.

When God Made Horses, He Painted The Good Ones.
"All I pay my psychiatrist is the cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day."
Jillyann is offline  
post #4 of 45 Old 10-17-2009, 03:49 PM
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Arizona
Posts: 17
• Horses: 3
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.
AzJumper is offline  
post #5 of 45 Old 10-17-2009, 03:49 PM
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Buckinghamshire, UK
Posts: 94
• Horses: 2
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.
Aoi Miku is offline  
post #6 of 45 Old 10-17-2009, 03:53 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 3,823
• Horses: 3
Sorry I meant to ready not read my bad.

"And somewhere in the northwoods darkness a creature walks upright. And the best advice you may ever get is: Don't go out at night..."
tempest is offline  
post #7 of 45 Old 10-17-2009, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Ireland
Posts: 615
• Horses: 3
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
bubblegum is offline  
post #8 of 45 Old 10-17-2009, 04:07 PM
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Arizona
Posts: 17
• Horses: 3
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
AzJumper is offline  
post #9 of 45 Old 10-17-2009, 04:19 PM
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
Posts: 2,470
• Horses: 8
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).

Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (22 y/o TWH mare), Dakota (10 y/o TWH gelding), Codie (18 y/o Walkaloosa gelding) & Harlow (9 y/o APHA mare)
Britt is offline  
post #10 of 45 Old 10-17-2009, 04:28 PM
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 62
• Horses: 1
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!

Last edited by Hunter; 10-17-2009 at 04:33 PM.
Hunter is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Why do people want to break their horses anyways isn't it better to have a fixed one? TroubledTB Horse Training 72 07-14-2009 04:54 PM
sorry need to vent...some people should not own horses KANSAS_TWISTER General Off Topic Discussion 2 06-28-2009 04:46 PM
Help! People trying to steal horses jackieboy2 Horse Talk 5 06-04-2009 07:22 PM
People who own white horses... NyHorseGal Horse Grooming 26 05-22-2009 11:43 AM
Genetic break through in Sabino horses APHA I Love Lane Horse Articles 6 03-01-2009 09:45 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome