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post #1 of 21 Old 11-19-2011, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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At what age can you start riding horse?

I have hear many different ages and was wondering when I can start riding our TB/Clydes. I heard 2 yrs is that correct and why do you wait so long? Is that how long it takes them to finish growing? Our colt is 6 months old now and I think by the time he is a year old he will be bigger than our mustang He is a big boy and such a sweetheart we go out there and he follows us around like a big dog.
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post #2 of 21 Old 11-19-2011, 04:09 PM
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Size has nothing to do with development, just because he'll be as big as an adult horse doesn't mean he is an adult horse.
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post #3 of 21 Old 11-19-2011, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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Size has nothing to do with development, just because he'll be as big as an adult horse doesn't mean he is an adult horse.
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that's not what I was implying Mike when I said he was big sorry for the misunderstanding. I was just saying he is getting big and I know that he still has alot of growing before he can support a rider.
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I have hear many different ages and was wondering when I can start riding our TB/Clydes. I heard 2 yrs is that correct and why do you wait so long? Is that how long it takes them to finish growing? Our colt is 6 months old now and I think by the time he is a year old he will be bigger than our mustang He is a big boy and such a sweetheart we go out there and he follows us around like a big dog.
Why do we wait until age 16 to let our kids drive, or 18 to vote, or 21 to drink? Aren't they big enough when they're younger?

Two years of age is actually considered, by most conscientious horsepeople, to be too young to seriously start a horse. Three is much more accepted. And in some English circles, a horse won't be sat on until age four or five.

Height has absolutely nothing to do with it. It's about physical maturity (and honestly, most horses aren't physically mature until age six). They are not designed for weight-bearing at such a young age, nor are they ready for the athletic pounding of riding. Pushing them too hard, too fast, can and will cause breakdowns and severe soundness issues later in life, like arthritis or severe lordosis.

And beyond that, they aren't mentally ready or mature enough for the training process....think of them as children, which, really, they are.
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post #5 of 21 Old 11-19-2011, 08:01 PM
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Id say 2 years old as long as the knees have closed up. I had the vet x ray my horse to make sure ther legs were strong for a rider. If you get on them any younger then that ur asking for trouble. Legs are the most inportant thing on a horse if theres something wrong with them the horse is done. Please wait till ur horse is 2.
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I would wait AT LEAST until he is 3 yrs old. I prefer to start at 4 since I have Arabians and they seem to mature slower.
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I would wait AT LEAST until he is 3 yrs old. I prefer to start at 4 since I have Arabians and they seem to mature slower.
see that's why I have xrays done just to make sure
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I am in no hurry to ride him I was just wondering what age it was safe.
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post #9 of 21 Old 11-20-2011, 01:02 AM
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I would saddle him as a yearling but not back him. At two, give him his first rider lightly and work on getting buttons, but don't ride him too hard. You don't need to be tearing around the arena at Mach 5 for three hours to get a horse well broke and responsive as a two year old. There isn't anything wrong with starting him then either. At three or four, start asking more of him.
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #10 of 21 Old 11-20-2011, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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When we go riding we never ride them hard. We usually go on the trails out back of our house and just walk around we never even run them. We have been walking Charlie around the yard with a saddle pad just so he knows what its like to have something on him and we walk him around the neighborhood so he can see and smell different things. He is so sweet he is like walking one of our dogs. Like I said im in no hurry to jump on him and ride away I am just as happy walking him around town here. My husband got his mustang when she was just weaned and he took her everwhere he could and got her use to cars, trucks, dog, ect they spent so much time together then when it was time to ride her she let him put a saddle on and he rode her she never even tried to buck him off. She is 19years now and she to is very laid back.
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