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    12-23-2013, 11:15 AM
First time horse owner

Hi name is andrew live in mississippi. I just bought 2 horses. One is a 3 yr quater horse and the other is a 2 yr quater/saddle horse. They are both every tame. They both listen great can put a saddle and lead them even crawl under them. When can I start to ride them full time? Also someone told me that they look small and they don't think there are going to get much taller. Is there anyway to figure out how many hands they should be when mature? Thank you
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    12-23-2013, 12:02 PM
First of all, NEVER crawl under them!

Have they been started? These are fairly young horses, I recommend you either send them to a trainer until they are a bit older or at least get a trainer to work with you.
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    12-23-2013, 12:04 PM
Welcome to the forum.

How tall are they now?

Have you ridden much or is this your first experience with horses?
    12-23-2013, 12:05 PM
I also wouldn't do any serious riding with them until they are at least four years old.
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    12-23-2013, 01:24 PM
I agree with wtwg.
Especially being new with horses, you should find someone around who knows what they are doing - whether it is a frined, 4-h leader or trainer, you should have some help aorund.
And also for being new with horses I also don't recommend riding them until at least four. IMO I might not ride them if they were even four - but as you say they are very tame then it may be safe to ride them at four.
But I would recommend that you get someone to help you out, who is experienced.
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    12-23-2013, 07:47 PM
I have riden before just ever owned one. The 2 yr quarter/saddle horse(flash is his name) is 52 inches. I think that would be 13 hh And the 3 yr quarter horse (breeda) is 51 inches. Both horses have been saddled. Breeda has been trained and been ridin for the last 2 months for short times and can do everything I need her to do for trail riding. And flash has been ridin for the last 4 weeks twice a week for 15 30 min and listen pretty well. They both are loveing don't buck or kick. You can even get on breeda bare back. And flash you can lean over on him with all ur weight. But when can I really start trail riding? Also the people who had flash before took him off his mom to soon all th guy I got him from sed he was every pour. Will that hurt his mature size? Is there supplements I should give him? Sorry it was so long just wanted you to know these 2 great horses
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    12-23-2013, 08:12 PM
Its hard to say how big a horse will get it's all up to genetics and feed. And here on the forum its hard for us to say how big your horses will get. However, knowing how they are we can help you understand when you might be able to ride them more. The hard question to ask is "how big/small are you?". You told us your horses are roughly 13ish hand well if you are 4 feet tall and 75lbs then you wouldn't be much of a load for your horses, but if you are my size, 6ft 5in 250ish pounds then you won't be able to ride you horses very much.

As for going under them as someone already said that's a bad idea. Its a great action trick at is used to show how quiet a horse is. However. All it really shows is that you can go under them it doesn't mean that if a paper blows under a fence that the horse won't blow a gasket.

We will need more info. To help you with your questions about your horses. I can tell you that there is a chance your horses might grow more with better feed. But If you really would like better answers I would talk to some horse people that are near you. These would be good questions for you Vet or your Farrier.
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    12-23-2013, 08:19 PM
Again, I wouldn't ride them until they are four, at the very least.

If they are 13 hands, they are ponies, not horses. I don't know much about horse growth, but if they are at their mature height you do not have a quarter horse...

You should get a trainer.
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    12-24-2013, 03:11 AM
Right now your 2 year old is taller than the 3 year old so one would be safe to assume that he will mature taller. Hopefully he is a gelding. I might think he will go to 14.3 hands or so. At 3 your mare is fairly small. I would be surprised if she got to 14 hands. Are they of a stocky build? Horses can mature through 5 years. There can be exceptions but I have not seen much growth after 5.
A good feed is always a good grass hay. Be very careful about supplements. Like with people it is easy to spend a lot of money on stuff not needed. There are pelleted feeds for youngsters and a good vitamin supplement if needed. It would be good to have a vet give both horses a good checkup and a recommendation as to what would work for them. They need good feed for growth and development but just don't overload 'em.
Your mare is small. At 51" she would be 12.3 hands at 3 years. Keep in mind you are adding the weight of a saddle and pad (and whatever else you add on) to your weight. A very general rule is 20% of the horses weight as to what they should carry. And it is best to keep it light on youngsters. Your guy has another year to go before you ask him to carry much. Anyway, if you are not a heavy rider I would think the mare can get out on the trail in the spring as a 4 year old. Work up to distance. Don't make the first out a 4 hour ride. Condition her and she should be good. And never feel like a woosie for getting off and walking for a few minutes to give her a break.
I hope you can find other horsemen around you. It's good to have a posse!!!!
Moral support and all that.
Good luck with your new friends...and Merry Christmas.
    12-24-2013, 07:29 AM
Thank you for all the info. I am 5 11. 163lbs.
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