Is 7 years old to old to start?

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Is 7 years old to old to start?

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    04-24-2010, 02:30 PM
Green Broke
Is 7 years old to old to start?

I just got my mare Demi in December, and she either has not been trained at all (What the man who sold her to us told us, but he didn't know what he was talking about) or she was trained as a 2 year old (What the girl told me that apparently knows all 3 of my new horses really well).
But anyways, I have been watching my mare move and stop, and man she is a born reiner it looks like to me. I have seen her roll back and stop and just in the pasture she is great at it.

Does anyone think 7 is to old to start her on reining?
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    04-24-2010, 02:49 PM
Absolutely not. Though she is too old for many of the high winning futurities, you could still enter her in open shows or, if she gets good enough, maybe some of the senior classes with the NRHA. If nothing else, training would improve her self carriage and give you a very well trained horse to ride and do whatever you wanted to.
    04-24-2010, 02:57 PM
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Not too late at all.

The stallion I'm riding in my avatar was not put under saddle until he was 8. He was so rank no one wanted to handle him except to breed. He was awful! I felt sorry for his isolation and started working with him. He came around incredibly fast and was a brilliant learner.

It is NEVER too late, as long as you gain the horse's trust and cooperation.
    04-24-2010, 03:10 PM
Definitely not. My mare wasn't finished in reining until well this winter and she's 9 this year. She did know how to stop and spin before that...just not amazingly well.
    04-25-2010, 07:46 AM
I just started my mare in March, a week before she turned 6. It hasn't slowed her down one bit.
    04-25-2010, 07:48 AM
Green Broke
I've got two 7 year olds being started under saddle this year. Not for reining, but still can't imagine it being too late!
    04-25-2010, 10:26 AM
You could wait and see if she gets any younger! Go for it.
    04-26-2010, 02:09 AM
Well she certainly isn't getting any younger.
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    04-28-2010, 05:14 PM
Green Broke
Thanks everyone. I am going to talk with my trainer and hopefully get her started on reining really soon!
I am so excited!

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