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So, what age should you start your horse under saddle? I think when it is physically and mentally mature enough to cope with the job. I know a lot of people still start their youngsters at 2 but I have yet to see the benefit in that. The horse in this video is rising 5 and has been long-reining and doing bridle work since he was a yearling.
Starting this type of work builds those muscles that a horse requires to carry you, teaches him to lengthen his attention span, carry himself and be soft in the bridle. All of these things will make starting him under saddle simple and easy for the horse (and for you!).
There are a lot of lessons and exercises that you can do with your youngsters before you ride them - see the Kandoo Online Video Training Club and get working on your young horse today!
Club membership is only $9.95 a month (going up to $17.75 monthly very soon) and remains at that price for the life of your membership.