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 Posted: Mon Jun 22nd, 2009 08:37 pm
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Hi - first time post here, but I've been reading on and off for a year or so. I am curious, Dr Deb, on your thoughts re: harness training , especially from the aspect of young  growing horses. Sort of a "Ranger" piece from a pulling perspective, since I enjoyed it so much from a mounted perspective. I was brought up in an environment where the youngsters (Morgans) were trained and put to cart between two and three years old, driven for a year or two, then begun under saddle, generally not backed until four. I assume, in harness, their hocks would be a primary stress-point, what about their shoulders or neck? (I'm not necessarily talking about the heavier marathon carts, and not necessarily about overcheck/sidecheck, although these would be interesting considerations too.)

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 Posted: Tue Jun 30th, 2009 08:48 pm
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This is a great question. I don't intend on mounting my filly until she's 5, no ''real riding'' until 6.5. I'm curious to hear your thoughts on cart work and it's influence on bone developement & conformation.

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This is a great question. I don't intend on mounting my filly until she's 5, no ''real riding'' until 6.5. I'm curious to hear your thoughts on cart work and it's influence on bone developement & conformation.

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 Posted: Tue Aug 18th, 2009 11:43 am
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Hiya,

I'd like to chime in here for fun factor if you'll indulge me - I'll leave anatomy and confirmation to the experts to comment further...

In the last 6-12 months my situation with my long term buddy has changed  - we've gone from 3 times a week riding to really only seeing eachother once a week.

Because he's a little older (18) I thought we'd start experimenting with new things to keep him moving, but lower the potential stress of intermittent work on his body.

We've taken up long reining. And I can tell you everyone thinks we're mad but we're really having a lot of fun.

I can moderate my buddy's exercise level and see very quickly how he's coping with things. We get stuck into circles / straights / loops / leg yields at the moment and he also loves jumping (as he always did). I've found it to be a huge learning curve for me (he's well up on long reins, as an ex-trotter) and he seems to quite enjoy himself too.

Pilippe Karl has a great book on the topic called 'Long Reining - The Saumur Method'. It's available on Amazon without much fuss and seems to be distributed around our local online stores in AU too. (I've recently written a book review including pictures which I'm happy to share too - PM me if you want details).

I give it two thumbs up - but our reasons for getting into it may differ a bit to your own. We're also not pulling weights if you were intending to tow - it's more like he wanders along in front and I tag along too on foot.

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 Posted: Tue Aug 18th, 2009 04:01 pm
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 This is something that I have thought of for years, yet not persued, as I did not know if it would cause harm. I, too, would very much like to know the effects, ill or not, that harness training could have on a young horse that is not yet mature enough to be expected to carry weight on it's back. I'm thinking in terms of a jog cart and starting at 2 to 3 year old.

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 Posted: Fri Aug 21st, 2009 08:15 pm
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I found my answer under " Starting an Elk Necked Colt ".  Thank you Dr. Deb.

I have ordered Allen Pogues DVD series.

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