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    I'm new, from the north east of England (godforsaken dark damp place to be at the moment!) and have a driving pony, and a three year old homebred 15.2... My little pride and joy!

    I was just wondering what you are doing with yours this winter?

    I was planning a weekly ride/occasional clinic with mine and he's off to do some driving training in January (I compete in Horse Driving Trials and the youngster will be doing that as well as ridden showing (hunter/sports horse classes and some working hunters) as well as some Showjumping, as little dressage as I can get away with and some driven showing. So he's an allrounder in the broadest sense of the word!

    Anyway, I was looking at a schedule for next year and have seen a potential sports horse class, it says you have four minutes in te ring, show paces on each rein and pop a course of four fences at 85cm (2'6 I think?!) and is only for four year olds... He has loose jumped, and is an easy one to teach... But I don't want to push him too far!

    Apologies for the long post- here is said three year old this weekend!

    With my trainer-

    And with me-


  • #2
    Welcome to Coth.
    Your horse is cute as a button. Good Luck with him!

    Mine is out in a pasture enjoying the beginning of a Canadian winter (I lied, no one enjoys Canadian winter). He is only 16h and his shortest parent is 16.3, he is super immature both physically and mentally and has some growing to do. He will be started in the early spring when I have more time. He will be 3 3/4 at that point.
    As far as what they should be doing....well the answer has a huge range according to who you ask. Some horses are already showing at 3 and some are not started yet because they need time. I am not going to sell this boy so I don't mind waiting. They are still growing till 5 or even 7 but for sure at 3 and 4.


    • #3
      Mine is just over 3 1/2 now. She lived out with her age group at the breeder's until she was 3 (April of this year). They brought her in from the pasture at 3 and put 3 weeks on her under saddle (w/t/c). I then brought her home and hopped on her once a month until October. At the beginning of October, I started lightly riding her 3-ish days a week. She has been great, and we have really spent more time bonding than anything. Currently, she is on a break for a few weeks becuase she has hit a major growth spurt. She can w/t/c both directions, steer, work over cavalettis, has done some cross rails, and some very small (2') verticles. Right now, it's all about having fun. I have no time table for her, and am not wanting to push her at all.

      Good luck with your guy!


      • #4
        Originally posted by Katastrophykat View Post

        I'm new, from the north east of England (godforsaken dark damp place to be at the moment!) and have a driving pony, and a three year old homebred 15.2... My little pride and joy!

        I was just wondering what you are doing with yours this winter?

        I was planning a weekly ride/occasional clinic with mine and he's off to do some driving training in January (I compete in Horse Driving Trials and the youngster will be doing that as well as ridden showing (hunter/sports horse classes and some working hunters) as well as some Showjumping, as little dressage as I can get away with and some driven showing. So he's an allrounder in the broadest sense of the word!

        Anyway, I was looking at a schedule for next year and have seen a potential sports horse class, it says you have four minutes in te ring, show paces on each rein and pop a course of four fences at 85cm (2'6 I think?!) and is only for four year olds... He has loose jumped, and is an easy one to teach... But I don't want to push him too far!

        Apologies for the long post- here is said three year old this weekend!

        With my trainer-

        And with me-


        1) CUTE horse.

        2) I think I need a pink helmet now.

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        • Original Poster

          thanks guys!

          i am a bit biased about him- if you want cute, he used to look like this...

          and he's still a sweetie!

          i havent popped a fence on him yet- we've just started a bit of canter work- just a few transitions up and down, but really want to do it right!!


          • #6
            He is super cute!! My 3 year old Schroeder gelding right now, is schooling training level with some first level pieces. He showed lightly this year at Intro. Mentally and physically he's quite mature for a 3 year old. The type I can get on without lunging even at a show. He has the "been there done that" type of attitude, which is amazing.

            My 3 year old Starlight mare, I am just backing her. Mentally and physically she has alot of growing left to do. I haven't owned her since a baby, but have known her since she was born, was given her in May, and she never had alot done with her. Halter broke that was about it. She is my TLC case. If I don't fully get her started until spring I have no rush.


            • #7
              Our 3 year old filly Etch-A-Sketch by Escapadehas about a dozen rides under saddle spread out over a years time. We do mostly hacks around the farm and then spend 20-30 minutes in the ring. We will continue like this through the winter and then once spring is here, we will start to work more seriously to prep for her MPT in 2013. Our girl is very mature for her age both mentally and phisically. She is the same horse wheter it has been a month since she was last sat on, or more recently 3 months in between rides. She is super quite and has been the easiest horse I have started in over 20 years. She even paked our 16 year old daughter around after only 4 rides under saddle. Infact her 3rd ride was out across our 50 acre farm which is full of big, scary CC jumps. She never batted an eye, even while my mom's 20 year old retired gelding snorted most of the way, LOL I wouldn't trade our girl for the world. Here are a few pictures taken throughout her under saddle sessions.
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                Ours are doing some free jumping and getting started under saddle.Click image for larger version

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                • #9
                  Really cute horse!

                  I don't know what to do with my 3 year old, I'm in a real quandary right now about the whole thing. She was 3 in April and I bought her out of her pasture in August having been lightly backed. I have inconsistently ridden her the last couple months. She is WTC and doing a bit of lateral work at the walk, but she is in a real growth spurt and pretty inconsistent and immature at times mentally and emotionally. Ideally I would give her a few months off, but where I live that is incredibly difficult. A 3 year old in a stall at a very large and busy boarding barn over the winter is not fun at all!

                  So....I know what I should do but don't know how to make it happen. I am really looking forward to next summer with her though

                  Here is her cuteness though
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                  • #10
                    My 3 yo Oldenburg (Pablito x Legacy) filly was bred at the end of May so I waited until she was safely in foal to start her under saddle. The plan was to have her professionally started this fall but finances got tight so I decided to give it a go myself. Knock on wood, so far so good and I'm having a blast with her. She has been super easy. I'd almost forgotten how rewarding it is to start a baby and she is my first true homebred so it feels even more special
                    She is pretty mature both physically and mentally. She showed on the line as a 2yo and has been handled extensively since birth...I think both helped a lot.
                    She was backed mid-August with a couple weeks of long lining prior to being backed. My goal has been to work her (be it longeing, long-lining or riding) 2-4 times a week...some weeks have been better than others in that department. A few weeks ago I started battling the weather at home so she was moved to a facility with an indoor so I can continue to ride her 2-3 times a week. I'm hoping to get through January before she goes on "maternity leave".
                    Right now she's pretty solid WT and starting to canter a little. We did our first trotting pole yesterday I keep our rides short- only 20-30 minutes and half of that is usually spent at the walk working on leg yielding...though I am gradually increasing our time trotting as her balance improves. We're taking it one day at a time but I hope to be able to have her solid WTC and maybe even jumping small x-rails by the end of Jan.
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                    • #11
                      I just got my 3 year old Arab gelding under saddle. I'm hoping to get him going w/t/c and then give him a little time off and then start back up and show training level next year. He's still very immature and I don't want to push him, just get him going and let him know what his job is. When he's ready we'll move up. I do enjoy hearing where others are and how the different breeds mature so differently.


                      • #12
                        Adorable horse, OP!

                        I have a coming 3 y/o gelding that's got his head burried in a roundbale after being backed. In the new year we'll be hauling weekly to the local indoor for some exposure and riding. I'm planning to do a Bronze level series of Dressage shows (3 shows) in the walk/trot tests next summer.

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                        • #13
                          Working under saddle, 30-40 minutes a day, 5 days a week, inside and outside.
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                          • #14
                            At 16.1 1/2, with a bit of growing to do, he's mostly a pasture pony for now, but will be lightly started soon. He was just introduced to the jump chute.
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                            • #15
                              Accolade and Enola had about 4 months under saddle, were jumping small courses, and then went out to winter in the fields. They will come back up in January and will be ready to horse show in the spring.

                              Appeal had 3 months under saddle and then went straight into the 70-day stallion test.

                              Rolex and Catalyst are bigger, slower maturing so we are waiting to start them until December. We will start the 5 coming 3 year olds in the spring next year.


                              • #16
                                I have two just being started.

                                This is Fifi (Fidertanz/ Wolkentanz I/ Rohdiamant) in a 3 year old Materiale class at he first show under saddle after about three months training.

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                                We also showed her inhand at that show:

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                                This is Wunderboy (Wamberto/ Weltbekannt/ Rubinstein I). I need to get under saddle pics of him.
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                                Pretty boy:

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                                • #17
                                  My 3yo is big & has been slow to mature (as expected). I've played with her randomly this past year - lunging here & there, long-lining, ponying, hopping on her ~10x. She is a very quick learner, so I don't want to do too much with her, but boring the smart filly is just as worrisome Answer to this - chuck her out in the field Last week, she went from the backyard to a 'real barn' - complete w/an indoor, so I can put regular work in before the winter, and I'll chuck her back out again from Jan-April. No need to drill the youngster in the indoor all winter.

                                  A couple photo's in the 'backyard' - just before her trek into the real world - showing her personality & big ears:



                                  • #18
                                    My 3 year old Sarkozy filly Saraya, out of Donnabelle, by Donnerhall won her Mare Performance Test, placing first under saddle and second in free jumping. She was designated as a Special Premium Mare Candidate. Saraya has been shown a few times in the Materiale classes and has scored in the high 70's to low 80's each time. She is in foal to French Kiss and is due to foal in March. Fetal sexing says it will be a colt.

                                    My 3 year old Wynton gelding Wellington, out of Preference, by Jonggors Weyden, finished as #3 USDF Materiale Horse of the Year.

                                    My 3 year old Wynton gelding Wynston, out of Olivia, by Don Kennedy - Argentinus, just returned home from competing in the USDF Region 9 Championship show in the Training Level Division. He performed well, but unfortunately he did not place in the class of 20 other horses. Not bad competing against much older horses in only his fourth show! He qualified for the championship shows after 3 shows.

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                                    • #19
                                      Skipper came out of a pasture in mid-August. He's a bit immature physically, from lines that tend to mature late and hadn't done a lot. We free-jumped him a bit when we looked at him and that was the first time he'd been in the round pen since he was gelded as a yearling. He learned to stand in the cross ties and tie to a hitching post, lunge a bit, ground drive, met a zebra, has been sat on once, and watched the BO tear down a barn and break up a concrete pad. He's good minded so, by and large, he catches on quickly. Except for the zebra which he thought was just a funny-looking horse until he got a good look at it one day.

                                      We moved to a new barn last week which he took in stride with his usual "whatever" attitude.

                                      The plan is to play with him a bit more and then try to find a place with a bit more space to turn him out during what passes for our winter.

                                      It's fun reading about everyone else's babies!
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                                      • #20
                                        My 3 year old (foaled in April) is currently in training at my trainer's barn 3 days a week and is doing W/T/C and a little work over poles, cavalettis and little bitty X's. She also has shown successfully (first in the zone) on the line both as a 2 year old and as a 3 year old and won her first under saddle class!
                                        I'm very fortunate in that my trainer is 2 miles away, so she goes to "school" 3 days a week and then comes home.
                                        Next year if all goes I plan on showing her in the baby green (2'6") division.
                                        I think showing her on the line has really helped her to mature mentally. Now when she goes to a show it's "no big deal".