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So Jet's 2 and a half and around this point I like to start sitting on my colts maybe walk around the yard a few minutes, nothing strenuous. I don't like to fully start till age 3. Jet did great we've been working toward this goal for awhile and it's paid off! He was very relaxed, we took a few steps and he only got a little worried with a tiny jump then he was fine. The rest of the time he just wanted to graze. A good bond and trust really goes a long way in training. It's just so crazy it seems like he was just born and today I got to sit on him for the first time. Time sure does fly!!!! We even put friend 6 year old on him he didn't been pay attention to her. I can't wait to start him for real! I have big plans for his future.
 

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Jet with my friends daughter.
 

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I know you came to share your joy, and I wasn't going to burst your bubble, but the my beliefs got the better of me, and yes, that is what they are, MY beliefs, others mileage may very.

The age of starting a horse varies greatly, but to me the little guy looks a bit behind the time line, so I would choose to leave him a little longer before even sitting on him.

When I decided to have someone on him, then personally I would choose someone just a little smaller, and I am talking as much of a height thing, as a weight thing. Youngsters have trouble balancing, and the higher a person is above the horse, the harder it is to balance when a jiggle happens. Having said that I wouldn't sit a six year old on a baby either.

Last, I would much prefer to see a helmet being worn when sitting on a youngster for the first few rides, just in case something happens.

Good luck with your colt, hope it all goes as well as the first ride did.
 

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We just walked a few steps maybe a foot or two like I said nothing strenuous I doubt I was on him only 2 or 3 minutes honestly. I clearly said I don't fully start till age 3. He isn't that small about 14.1 I'm very tall almost 5'10" It makes him appear smaller than he is. This is not me starting to ride him that won't come till summer when he is more mature at age 3. This is just the initial sit it's just a practice for the future.
 

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Also just so you know her mother had ahold of her the whole time. He was completely relaxed we just let go of her for the pic. I wouldn't on her on him if he wasn't completely and totally relaxed. I know this horse we have a very trusting relationship. If there was even the slightest incertainty jet was worried or unsure the girl would be off in a heart beat.
 

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We just walked a few steps maybe a foot or two like I said nothing strenuous I doubt I was on him only 2 or 3 minutes honestly. I clearly said I don't fully start till age 3. He isn't that small about 14.1 I'm very tall almost 5'10" It makes him appear smaller than he is. This is not me starting to ride him that won't come till summer when he is more mature at age 3. This is just the initial sit it's just a practice for the future.
I get that you just sat on him, and that is certainly your choice if it works for you. But it is the whole mismatch between 5' 10" and 14.1hh that makes it look so unbalanced, and IF anything had happened could lead to disaster.

Just interested, it is my personal choice not to sit on mine until later, in fact not until they are ready to ride away. What is the benefit of sitting on them for 2 or 3 minutes at this stage?
 

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It's just practice for later so when I do ride him at 3 it's no big deal. Its just the way I train, we all train differently.
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I know you came to share your joy, and I wasn't going to burst your bubble, but the my beliefs got the better of me, and yes, that is what they are, MY beliefs, others mileage may very.

The age of starting a horse varies greatly, but to me the little guy looks a bit behind the time line, so I would choose to leave him a little longer before even sitting on him.

When I decided to have someone on him, then personally I would choose someone just a little smaller, and I am talking as much of a height thing, as a weight thing. Youngsters have trouble balancing, and the higher a person is above the horse, the harder it is to balance when a jiggle happens. Having said that I wouldn't sit a six year old on a baby either.

Last, I would much prefer to see a helmet being worn when sitting on a youngster for the first few rides, just in case something happens.

Good luck with your colt, hope it all goes as well as the first ride did.
I have to say I agree with the above post, I think only because you are such a tall lady :D I also would normally also start mounting them at 2.5 but its true that gorgeous little man looks like he is a bit behind growing. He looks a bit under-developed to start getting on even for briefs periods at a time.

I would also hold off a little longer before continuing to get on that poor fellow. I would hate to hear he has issues later on because of premature mounting. It must be so exiting to have him so close to being sent for training. I envy you, my babies are not even yearlings yet :D
 

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This is not a a daily thing guys. You're reading way too much into this. I have been training young horses for 12 years. Every horse I've owned I've raised from a baby and trained myself. This is not a daily thing this a just sitting on a back for two minutes a kind of desensitizing exercise. I'll probably sit on him one more time mid spring and then at 3 or so if I feel he is mature enough we'll start short rides. I'm in no hurry here. I mess with him daily but training is once in awhile this guy is our to pasture for weeks at a a time then refreshed then put out again. He is not doing work. He's not even had a bit in his mouth. I understand your concern and thank you for it.
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