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post #1 of 14 Old 05-14-2012, 12:46 AM Thread Starter
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When can I start to ride my horse?

I have a 2 year old that is started under saddle. She is the kid of horse that gets board easy. I can see once she gets something she wants to take it to the next step. I have a trainer comming out to ride her for me as I feel I might hurt her. She likes to ride in just a halter and rains. She listens a lot better then in the bridle and bit. She is a saddlebred she is 15.2H and about 800lbs Still narrow as she is young. I got the OK from the vet that she can be ridden and we only walk her right now we are in no rush to get her broke. We want her listening to us on the ground and at a walk before we add speed to it. I just feel that I would be more help if I could ride her too insted of the trainer ony once a week. I do not have any current pics but this is me a few mo ago with the horse her name is Sassy.

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post #2 of 14 Old 05-14-2012, 12:58 AM
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Regardless of weight, I would wait to ride her personally until she is 3 and her back is stronger. I am like.. 128 or so pounds and I wouldn't feel comfortable sitting on her yet. She's just not ready, in my eyes.

Once her back is strong for a rider, in my opinion, you could easily ride her a handful of times and when she's really strong and has started to build up some muscle you can start riding her more frequently as she'll be able to support herself without any trouble :)

Now for just getting on her and walking a little bit, I think that would be okay!
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post #3 of 14 Old 05-14-2012, 05:11 PM
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I would wait, patience is a virtue... it seems you've waited a while, so it cant hurt to wait a bit longer can it? I personally would wait until she grows more ... maybe at 3 years old. that way, you can be sure about it!

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post #4 of 14 Old 05-14-2012, 08:13 PM
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There's no point in rushing something that will eventually happen I broke my QH mare when she was 2, but I only hopped on her for a few minutes just working on walking & turning. We probably rode once a week if that (for like 15mins). My mare's knees didn't fully harden until the next year around late spring/summer ish - so I couldn't ride her often without potentially hurting her growth.

I'd say just keep having the trainer come out every once in awhile to get the basics down & let her have a nice winter off. She's got time when she's three or four. Heck my trainer doesn't even start her WBs until they're like 5.
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post #5 of 14 Old 05-14-2012, 08:20 PM
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She looks weak and needs to mature a bit. Definately wait. 2 seams young especially for a horse built like that
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post #6 of 14 Old 05-15-2012, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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ot want herOk just always hear people saying you need to break a horse at 2. I had Arabians and I always did that at 3 closer to 4. I just see the saddlebred horse shows and they have classes for 3 year olds. Someone was shoing me a video of their horse that is broke and even doing barrels and he is not yet 2 so I thought I was behind in the game with her. I ground drive her every other day and my trainer rides her once a week so I think that is good till spring. I can ride cider once I weain baby.
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Personally of it was me I'd be staying off her completely for at least a year. I'd introduce her to EVERYTHING on the ground first and take her to a few in hand shows if you so desire. Ella was 5 when I started her. I had the freedom to jump her a couple weeks into starting her because of her age!
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post #8 of 14 Old 05-15-2012, 01:13 AM
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I agree with everyone else, she needs to mature before anyone rides her, one of my pet peeves is people asking to much of their babies.

I also think that as plus size riders we need to be very very careful about riding young or unfit horses. Think about it, would you let your kindergarten kiddie carry a HUGE back pack with a load of text books in it? No you wouldn't but you will let a high school student. Young horses should not be carrying anyone, let alone a plus size rider, it isn't fair.
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post #9 of 14 Old 06-07-2012, 12:39 PM
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Whoever you know who has a "broke" horse and is doing barrels with the horse who isnt' even 2 yet...... IS A BLOOMING IDIOT! That horse will be ruined.

That's a good person NOT to listen to. Give your baby another year.

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post #10 of 14 Old 06-07-2012, 06:06 PM
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Plus size riders shoudnt be riding immature horses full stop.

If you cannot wait for a horse to grow up dont buy a youngster. I am a plus sized rider and have youngsters myself and would never dream of riding them till they are fully mature as 5-6 years old.

Horses are not machines and at our larger size we should be considering the horses welfare first and foremost.


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