|Massachusetts 3 yr. 4 mos. Rocky Mt. Horse
with Professional Training ridden in short shank snaffle and trooper saddle
in pasture by intermediate rider.
Question: We have no problem - my horse is fantastic. One
question concerns me - I have heard within RM breed association discussions
that the young horse should not be trained until the knees are closed.
My horse has been broke for about 10 months - since he was about 2 1/2
- and his knees still haven't fully closed. He hasb't been used very
much at all until I got him, now we try and go out trail riding 4-5 times
a wwek for 1 1/2 -
Thanks for taking the time to answer this question.
From Panelist Darla
I have been training horses since I was very young (many years) I have
been raising and training gaited horses for over 11 years. I was
quite suprised when I first started getting aquainted to the Mountain horses
that MOST of the breeders start riding these horses at 16 to 17 months.
While my experience has shown no ill effect in training horses when
they are young. I CAN NOT bring myself to believe that riding them
hard with heavy
I have raised and trained hundreds of Mountain horses two of them
are winning show
Lots of TLC.
From Panelist Erica
Actually, it is not the knees that are so much of a concern as is the
back. A horse's back is the last thing to finish growing and if a horse
is started before the back is finished growing you put your horse at a
greater risk of developing a sway back, discomfort in the back and dislocating
a vertebrae. The longer the horse's back (from poll to dock of tail) the
slower they grow and the longer it takes for them to finish growing. Too
often I hear people
There are tons of things you can do with your horses before they are
ready to ride, me personally like to teach some tricks, I've just taught
my 8 month old colt to ground drive, lunge, etc. I feel it is extremely
important to have a solid in hand education in the horse and
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