At what age can you start riding horse? - Page 2

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Western Riding > Western Pleasure

At what age can you start riding horse?

This is a discussion on At what age can you start riding horse? within the Western Pleasure forums, part of the Western Riding category
  • Is 12 a good age to start horse riding
  • What would impede a horses training

Like Tree29Likes

LinkBack Thread Tools
    11-20-2011, 01:56 PM
Then you don't have to worry about breaking your boy down. Sounds like he is a very good minded colt, and will probably serve you well a a trail pony.
Sponsored Links
    11-20-2011, 07:16 PM
Saddle him when he is a yearling? They need to be babies. A late 2 year old, ground work, over time depending on maturity, training will progress into riding. Every horse is different, ease into it. I prefer mine to be started at three and be consistantly worked with by one person/s who have the same riding/training skills until they're 5. To me an older non trained horse's mind can impede training and pose issues, some which may never be resolved.
Mochachino, AFull99 and MinervaELS like this.
    04-20-2014, 09:04 PM
All I know start around 2-2 and a half. Few start at 3 though I have seen it done. Though to be fair I have also seen them started at 5.
    04-21-2014, 12:53 AM
A lot of people start their horses at two because they have shows (or classes) that are age specific, so they start at 2 so they can do the 3 year old class at the big show the next year. Personal preference, I won't start a horse until they are 4, as they still aren't really done maturing until then, but I will do a lot of ground work, before then, making sure that they are easy to handle, and responsive on the ground. Personally for me, I have no need or desire to hurry a horse along, and start them at two, though I know of plenty of horses who were started at two, and are still doing fine years later. A lot of it I think comes down to personal preference, as long as you are willing to go slowly. I'd much rather have a horse who was started lightly at 2, then a horse who at 4 or 5 is being started too quickly, is ending up with holes in the training, and a bad attitude because they are being pushed too much.
Mochachino and AFull99 like this.
    04-21-2014, 01:05 AM
I wouldn't start a horse until at least three, and waited until almost 4 for my paint. There is so much training that can be done on the ground before saddle work. I didn't lunge my horse until 3 but we did a whole lot of training, starting even at 8 months with leading, feet, etc, etc.....I sat on my horse at 3 1/2 but didn't send to the trainer until 4. I was not in a rush and I wanted to make sure that he was ready both physically and mentally to be started in saddle. I don't agree with starting horses at 18 months or 2 just for show sakes.
AFull99 likes this.
    04-21-2014, 01:52 AM
*cough* This thread is from 2011.
evilc123 and Cynical25 like this.
    04-21-2014, 08:23 AM
Good thing someone checks the dates.
    04-21-2014, 10:26 AM
Hahaha, the OP's horse should be nearly ready to ride now, then! ;)
    04-21-2014, 08:10 PM
Start messing around with saddle at two don't get on very much then turn them out to be a horse!... Then start back around three!
    04-24-2014, 03:53 PM
Originally Posted by Mochachino    
Good thing someone checks the dates.
Only because the first page has a banned member that I know has been banned for a considerable amount of time.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Please start new riding topics in the new riding forums! Mike_Admin Horse Riding 11 08-24-2011 01:07 AM
where in london can i start horse riding? Catherine peck Horse Riding 1 04-08-2011 07:00 PM
age to start riding a young horse snoggle Horse Training 24 10-03-2009 06:34 PM
When to Start Riding a Draft Horse SouthernTrails Horse Training 10 12-24-2008 03:59 PM
At what age do you like to start riding your horse? FriesianSH Horse Training 12 06-12-2008 10:22 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:32 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0