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    07-03-2012, 02:09 PM
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Foal
Question Yearling/Driving question

I put this under driving to but im throwing it in here to since its kind of a training question? Anyways....

I have a aqha colt that is bred for pleasure but he loves to drive. He is a yr and a half old. I have been driving him on the ground since he was 7 months old. I have hooked him to tree limbs to drag around feed bags bottles and cans tied together to make noise. We used to have a little mini that pulled a homemade garden cart made of milkcrates and garbage can wheels. He pulled it around for yard work (pulling weeds picking up trash ect.) but he sadly passed away from old age. I am wondering if my colt could take over his job?the harness fits him and he is very willing. He's 12 hands right now and VERY stocky. Let me know what you think.

-> Please don't leave stuff saying I have ruined him because all he does is walk in harness. Thanks!
     
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    07-03-2012, 02:18 PM
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Let him be a baby. He is much too young for pulling even light stuff - and I've personally seen horses who have their legs and backs in a bad condition because of being driven too early. You can do ground driving, but I really suggest absolutely no pulling until he is at least 4. And no, a stocky yearling is not equal to a MATURED horse.
     
    07-03-2012, 02:24 PM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by Saranda    
Let him be a baby. He is much too young for pulling even light stuff - and I've personally seen horses who have their legs and backs in a bad condition because of being driven too early. You can do ground driving, but I really suggest absolutely no pulling until he is at least 4. And no, a stocky yearling is not equal to a MATURED horse.
I know he's not by anymeans equal to a mature horse. I just have never trained one to drive. The mini came with all his stuff. I want to do show driving with my colt and I defintly don't want his legs messed up! I think the only reason I spend so much time with him is because he is lonely since the mini died. My riding mare is boarded so he doesnt have a buddy anymore.
     
    07-03-2012, 02:32 PM
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Well, there are tons of other things you can do with him besides driving. Especially, if you have no experience in training a young horse to drive. But the best company for him would be another horse. Is it completely out of reach to board him with other horses somewhere?
     
    07-03-2012, 02:37 PM
  #5
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Originally Posted by Saranda    
Well, there are tons of other things you can do with him besides driving. Especially, if you have no experience in training a young horse to drive. But the best company for him would be another horse. Is it completely out of reach to board him with other horses somewhere?
I wanted him at the same place but he acts 'studly' and the lady said she will not board a stallion on her property. She said its a liability thing because she gives lessons.
     
    07-03-2012, 03:08 PM
  #6
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And why not geld him? Is he stud quality & breeding?
     
    07-03-2012, 05:06 PM
  #7
Weanling
A lot of barns won't take stallions because they don't have the right facilities for them, and it's a liability to all of the boarders because A) stallions are considered more aggressive and more prone to injure other horses if he gets out and B) there's liability if he gets into turnout with a mare and C) stallions need to be kept by themselves and most places don't have turnout options like that.
     

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