How many are training or have young horses?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Chickerdoodle13, May 6, 2009.

  1. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

    Mar 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I'm just curious really. Seems like quite a few have youngun's!

    We bought a little filly who is just under two years old. She will be two on May 16th. I just got home from college and will be working with her quite a bit over the summer. She's already come quite a ways with my dad.

    I'm still a little concerned that she will not grow large enough to be a good sized riding horse for me. I'm hoping she grows to be about 15 hh, but she is about 14.1-14.2hh now. I have to measure her again tomorrow with someone who can help me hold the tape. However, we figure even if she stays small, the amount we'll learn through training will be wonderful! I just have to make sure I don't get too attached!

  2. astylishgirl

    astylishgirl Animal Lover Supreme

    Apr 27, 2009
    Beaumont, Texas
    I have 2 3 year olds and 4 year old in training. I have a yearling also who we round pen and do lots of ground work with.

    You can check my personal page for picks of Bella and Beau when they were foals.
  3. CritterBazaar

    CritterBazaar In the Brooder

    Mar 5, 2009
    Fort Wayne IN
    What kind of horse is she? I have a 5 year old half Arab that I have had since birth. She is currently 14.2 and will grow for another year. She should make 15 hands we hope. They are a lot of fun at this young age and bond nicely. Start her on a lot of ground work - lunging. Dont rush riding her and she will grow with work.
  4. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

    Mar 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    She is a paint horse. She just seems so small to me, but I know they can have growth spurts up until the age of 5 or so. I'm hoping she makes 15 hh, but I know when she fills out with some more muscle and we put a little more weight on her she will look larger.

    We've been doing a lot of just basic work and de-sensitizing so that we can get to know her better. When the weather clears up I am going to take her up into the round pen to get her used to that. My dad has her moving in a circle around him now, but I have to work on her cues. Once we get our trailer (We are waiting for it to be made by the company) we are going to get her used to loading/unloading.

    Hoof and hen, I actually took a look at your horses the other day when I was perusing one of the other horse threads. Beautiful horses you have there!
    Last edited: May 6, 2009

  5. CurlyLindsay

    CurlyLindsay In the Brooder

    Apr 28, 2009
    I have two, two year olds and a yearling.

    I won't seriously start riding the 2 year olds until they are four, but they've already had a leg over them when laying down and have been bridled. They'll meet the saddle and be ground driving by fall and then have more time off to grow up. I usually plan to breed at 3 to foal at 4. My breed, and my horses have a market and I and my vet agree it's more stress to be ridden their 3 year old year than to be bred and foal at 4.

    I looooooove young horses so much. I don't really like the first 30 days under saddle, and usually send them out for it, but I just love introducing a young horse to the world and laying the foundation for them to be good citizens.

    I have one two year old that will chase and try to taste any critter in her pasture. I'm wondering how she's going to handle the chickens when they are old enough to free range. [​IMG]
  6. Haviris

    Haviris Songster

    Sep 4, 2007
    I have two mules that will be 2 year olds this year, one on May 22, and the other on June 8 (I think). Right now they are just getting to be mules and grow! They will start training probably this Fall!

    Then I also have a 3 year old mini that will start being trained to the cart within the next month or two!
  7. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Songster

    Mar 30, 2009
    South Alabama
    As you know, I now have a new baby [​IMG]

    I start from birth. I firmly believe in the imprinting process.

    I train reining horses and just started on cutting horses.

    My mare is to start competition this year.

    She will get bigger if she is at that age. She will grow until @ 5 yrs.

    My mare is the same height as yours is now. She is 6 yrs old. 14.2HH That should be a good size riding horse IMO I am not sure of your size though but she will probably fit you just fine.

    WHERE are the pics??????

  8. horselover58

    horselover58 In the Brooder

    Apr 19, 2009
    My husband is a horsetrainer and he said a good way to tell how big a filly is going to get is: Take a string from the bottom of the hoof to the shoulder. Put your finger on the string at the middle of the shoulder blade, hold the string tightly right there. Take the bottom of the string that was on the end of the hoof, stretch it up while you are still holding your finger on the string at the shoulder blade. Wherever the stretched "hoof" end of the string winds up at, that is how tall the horse should be at the withers. Hope this helps. I just got a new Rocky Mountain Mare, she is five years old and has been trail ridden but not a whole lot. I am planning on showing her, so I guess you could say we are working with her too.[​IMG] Good Luck let me know if you have any other questions, problems, concerns, whatever. [​IMG]
  9. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    I have a qh filly that will be a year May 16th. Same birthday as your horse! I don't do much with her lately. Hurt my back, wrist and tore a rotator cuff and just have gotten out of the swing of things horse-wise.

  10. CountryMom

    CountryMom Songster

    Jun 21, 2008
    South Texas
    We have a few youngins, but I am concentrating on the older ones for outside customers. My oldest daughter took over our 4 yr old I started and has saddle broke both the three year olds earlier this year. I am just too far behind what can I say. I usually have them broke at 2. She also picked up a shetland to train and sell and he is 3. The shetland has been her biggest challange of course. LOL She is working on her 5 yr old POA/Shetland cross also on the flag. Talk about a pony with a handle. LOL I am very pleased with her progress on the bigger horses though. Our cutting trainer is just waiting for her to be old enough to come work at least part time for him. LOL

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