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post #1 of 21 Old 10-07-2013, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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To small to ride?

I have a three year old quarter/Arabian mix(thank thats all lol). I got him when he was two and he had been starved and abused. He is now at a better weight and is my best friend. The only thing is that due to lack of nutrition for the first two years of his life his growth was stunted. He only reached 14hh. I fill that I can not ride him as I am 5'9 and im currently overweight(im loosing though), I feel that I am to tall and weigh to much for him. My dad says that it would be fine for me to ride him and argues with me every time I say im not gonna ride him. I was just wondering if anyone had any experience with a similar situation and if once I get to a more healthy weight if I may be able to ride him then??
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post #2 of 21 Old 10-07-2013, 01:11 PM
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I'd wait until he's closer to four considering his lack of nutrition during his early growing years. He'll keep growing until he's 6 or so, so he may catch up. Just focus on groundwork and do everything EXCEPT ride him. Sitting on him for brief periods would probably be fine too.

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post #3 of 21 Old 10-07-2013, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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I have only had small children on him for brief periods of time and I have leaned on him. He puts up no fuss with having people on him but he seems to have weak legs which I figured was due to his lack of nutrition. Is there a special feed or supplement that I can give him to help strengthen up his legs??
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post #4 of 21 Old 10-07-2013, 01:51 PM
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I also think you'd be better to wait until he was four before you started training him for riding. Do you have any recent pictures of him (I checked out your one in your horses' section) - that would help with the guess work.
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I would let him grow and mature at least until next year before asking much of him. You can do a lot of work on the ground in the meantime, however.

As for the small children...yikes! If it's getting some weight on his back you want I'd use a western saddle that fits and if he is okay with that then add some weight with saddle bags attached where a rider's weight would be. If he pitches a fit then at least it won't be the small children that go flying.

If you have never started a green horse the next few months will be time for you to seek out help and/or increase you knowledge. Not meaning to be insulting if you are experienced. It's just that your post didn't give any background.

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post #6 of 21 Old 10-07-2013, 03:34 PM
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I took in a starved two year old 3 years ago. No fat, no muscle on him. It took the first year of rehab just to get some meat on his bones and from there he finally started to get some muscles. We have hilly pastures with plenty of room for running and playing which helped a lot in his transformation. No way was he ready to start at three. it was late in the summer of his fourth year before I felt he was ready to start under saddle.

At 2, just off the trailer.



At 4 1/2 years old.



By then he could carry me fine but I don't think he could have at 3.
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Given his bad start in life he would do best left for at least another year - though putting really small lightweight children on him is unlikely to cause him any harm
Bones need calcium so look for a good quality complete feed that will give him a balance of all he needs - you can add soaked sugar beet as that's high in calcium but what you don't want is for his body weight to increase faster than the bones and joints in his legs strengthen to support it.
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post #8 of 21 Old 10-07-2013, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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The picture of him on my profile is just a few days ago. He is really calm for a three year old and the kids I put on him where experienced riders but he never showed an interest in bucking or anything. I have him on nutrena safe choice original right now is that an appropriate feed? I am walking him everyday that I can to try to help him develop some muscle right now. I have only ever helped start green horses but it was with my grandparents and I finally stopped after being unable to watch some of the techniques they used.
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I took in a starved two year old 3 years ago. No fat, no muscle on him. It took the first year of rehab just to get some meat on his bones and from there he finally started to get some muscles. We have hilly pastures with plenty of room for running and playing which helped a lot in his transformation. No way was he ready to start at three. it was late in the summer of his fourth year before I felt he was ready to start under saddle.

At 2, just off the trailer.



At 4 1/2 years old.



By then he could carry me fine but I don't think he could have at 3.
Wowzer!!!!! He's beautiful. Good job.

OP...We had a different definition of small children. You have young riders with experience. I was picturing "small children" plopped on a green horse. Small children make bad crash-test-dummies...but people have done it.

Lots of books and videos available to help you learn. If you spend some time looking through recent posts you will find lots of helpful information!

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post #10 of 21 Old 10-07-2013, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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I have been reading everything I can but I have trouble reading something then trying to do it. Made school really hard. I'm more a hands on kin of person and have been looking for a trainer to help me out. So far no luck though:(
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