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horseloverx30

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RE: At what age can I ride my horse?

i think around 3-4 coz if u rush it then thats when it goes rong xx

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laurenchloefraser

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RE: At what age can I ride my horse?

 i broke one horse in at 2 and another at 3, the one at 3 was alot easier as it had built up alot more trust in me because i worked with it in the stable and lunged/lead it. Also because they have matured and filled out more at 3. x

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ThePonyLover

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ThePonyLover says:

RE: At what age can I ride my horse?

 I think you could start slowly at 2, but I wouldn't go fast nor push it too much.  I've noticed that every year my horse gets better and better as he ages.  he behaves better, he wants to learn more, he listens better, ect.  I started breaking my horse at around 2.5, but we took it slow.  I feel if I started him later that the training would have gone quicker and less complicated.

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Lothmorwel

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Lothmorwel says:

RE: At what age can I ride my horse?

Start at 3-4. Do lots of prep work when they're younger e.g., work with saddle and bridle. Lean over their back, get them used to being touched everywhere your leg will go. Dont rush things or you'll have years of remedial work with a pony who is injured or frightened or overworked.

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AnaV

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AnaV says:

Re: At what age can I ride my horse?

It depends on the breed, for different breeds finish growing at slightly different ages. Racehorses are backed as yearlings. Cobs finish growing at around 4. Three to fourish is a good age, however you should handle foals from when you can touch them. Stroking, grooming, picking up feet. Before you get on you should get the ground work sorted.

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BeautifulBeau

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Re: At what age can I ride my horse?

I was first ridden at 3yrs4months and seemed to cope well (I think!) :) xxxxxxx

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celi09

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celi09 says:

RE: At what age can I ride my horse?

nomaly 3 years but some times race horses start at 2 years and some other to be sure that it ready start at 4 years :) 

 

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neesonk10

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neesonk10 says:

Re: At what age can I ride my horse?

It depends on the breed and temperament of the horse, and what you were planning on doing with him/her.

At my yard the rule is:

Handling from birth

Tack and lungeing from two

Backing at three

I hope this helps you :)

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MoodyMule

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Re: At what age can I ride my horse?

 I ride my mule and she's turning 3 this year. She's been ridden for about a year now. I'm training her to be an eventer. But you have to start them young for them to turn good.

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equi

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equi says:

Re: At what age can I ride my horse?

MoodyMule said:

 I ride my mule and she's turning 3 this year. She's been ridden for about a year now. I'm training her to be an eventer. But you have to start them young for them to turn good.


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sounds about right

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