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I was just wondering at what age do you break horses in? Usually I start ...
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    what age to break a horse?

    I was just wondering at what age do you break horses in?

    Usually I start the breaking in at about 3 1/2, but what about different breeds?

    TBs usually are broke at 2 if they’re racing but what about other breeds?

    I’m asking this because I may be getting a new horse who is a 2 yrs 2 months and is going to be very big, so I would like some opinions on what age to start, but like I said 3 ˝ is usually the age I start at. But this horse is going to be big and strong at that age.

    this is the horse i'm talking about
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    I'm going to start my babies when they are 4 just because I'm in no hurry to train them and to make sure they are fully developed I think most people start when they are 3. I think that 2 is way to young (JMO)
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    That is a beautiful horse! I would do ground work now and about 3 for riding.
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    We start at 2 or 2 1/2...my horse tuned 3 in june and is solid enough to start jumping here soon, as long as they are physically and mentally ready, i don't see why not.
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    I was thinking about breaking him in before 3 (if I get him) then turn him away for winter.


    Also he was imported from France this week, is there anything I need to do? Like blood testing for anything nasty he could of brought with him?
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    probably wouldnt hurt ot have a vet look over him
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    You can do a lot of ground work while they are young, but they need time to just be a horse too. It depends a lot on the horse, their grown rate and maturity.

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    If he seems mentally capable of having an attention span of more than 30 seconds I see nothing wrong with breaking him to the saddle and bridle, and getting on and walking and steering and stopping at 2 1/2.

    However, his picture makes him look very immature physically, so while you can still break him to the saddle and bridle, I might stick to ground driving and other groundwork until he's 3 (or older) and looking more put together.

    The less like one horse a horse looks like (and the more like about 4 different ones and a mule thrown in ) the longer you should wait to get on. NOT that your guy looks mule-ish at all Growing all those gangly body parts is hard enough without having to learn how to balance you as well, and it will be well worth the wait
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    There is really no need to start any earlier than 3 1/2 and 3 is an absolute minimum from the point of view that their growth plates are still open enough that riding can do some damage before then.
    Also the bigger they are going to be the LATER you need to start them. As a general rule of thumb the bigger ones will mature a bit slower than a little pony skeletally.
    Cobs and heavy horses are SLOW to mature. I've read heavy horse experts advocating waiting until as late as five years old to get on their backs. My brother has show cobs and will not ride one until the winter of their 3 year old season when they're nearly four years old, and then he has x-rays of the spine done just to make sure and often ends up waiting until the next spring. If he does back them that winter its walking and trotting only, and only for 10 mintues a day at most. No actual work until they are four years old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HJ_lilbit
    We start at 2 or 2 1/2...my horse tuned 3 in june and is solid enough to start jumping here soon, as long as they are physically and mentally ready, i don't see why not.
    NO horse should be jumping at three years old - four is an absolute minimum for anything more than ground poles. You could seriously damage her back if you jump at three years old.
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