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    11-20-2011, 01:56 PM
  #11
Trained
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.
     
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    11-20-2011, 07:16 PM
  #12
Yearling
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.
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    04-20-2014, 09:04 PM
  #13
Foal
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
  #14
Started
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.
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    04-21-2014, 01:05 AM
  #15
Weanling
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.
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    04-21-2014, 01:52 AM
  #16
Trained
*cough* This thread is from 2011.
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    04-21-2014, 08:23 AM
  #17
Weanling
Good thing someone checks the dates.
     
    04-21-2014, 10:26 AM
  #18
Yearling
Hahaha, the OP's horse should be nearly ready to ride now, then! ;)
     
    04-21-2014, 08:10 PM
  #19
Foal
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
  #20
Trained
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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.
     

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