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Re: [RC] Trail riding help - Buffy

I've rode and broke several 2yr old Quarter/Paint/Appy horses, but that was YEARS ago too.  Now days I prefer to go more slower with my own horses too.  Lite riding once they are 3, learning a lot of basics.  I see no reason why a 3yr old shouldn't be able to do a basic trail class, open/close a gate, walk or jog over some logs, back up, side pass, ground tie, short little canter, simple things like that.  Prehaps these breeds tend to do so well because most are doing western pleasure and it's a slower speed???  It's just amazing how much we've learned in the past 10-15years.
Buffy
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To: Buffy
Sent: Tuesday, October 14, 2003 9:22 AM
Subject: Re: [RC] Trail riding help

My first thought was, three is too young to be riding a colt.  The only breed that seems to get away with that is the Quarter Horse, and I'm not so sure they do well with riding at such a young age, either.  I don't like to ride a youngster until he is four, and then only very limited and at a walk.  Five is old enough to start a little extra work and I don't like to compete a horse until he is six.  They don't mature until about 7 or 8.  I'm speaking of the Arabs since we don't have any other breed at the moment.  Arabs mature later than some other breeds. 
 
Barbara McCrary
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From: Buffy
Sent: Monday, October 13, 2003 6:16 PM
Subject: [RC] Trail riding help

I need some thoughts and ideas here... my 3yr old is worked fairly regularly here at home.  We go trail riding a once or twice a month.  My friend's horses stand in a pasture until we go trail riding.  Mind you they aren't worked hard on the trails at all.  However, every time my colt comes back with a sore back and stocks up in the legs.  I rub him down after every ride and cool him out on the way back in.  We honestly walk most of the trails with a very limited amount of trotting or canter.  Here at home he works all 3 gaits, plus extensions, I like to do a lot of bending and flexing too.  My friends horses don't come back sore or nothing.  Heck my daughter's new 3yr old stud (we just got him a few wks ago and he was about 250lbs underweight) did better then my colt on a trail.  He's been standing in a pasture eating non-stop so he can put his weight back on and start getting back in condition later.  I've thought of starting to wrap my colts legs on the trails, but really hate to do that.  I just don't know what else to do thou???  As to his back it's sore where the tree of my english saddle sits on his back, not his withers.
HELP!!!
Buffy
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