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Date:4/17/2014 2:03:11 AM
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Hiya! I read what you wrote, and this is what I think:

With Koda, he's two and we haven't started him yet. We might not even next year when he's three. I believe it's more about how much they've grown and stuff than how old they are, though their age is important as well... Lots of books and things advise waiting until they're three so that their little bodies are all done growing. Lots of times their joints aren't all finished coming together and such.

One thing you could do if you just want to get some weight on her is take a sack of flour or something and tie it onto the saddle. I'm assuming she might be used to the saddle, cinch etc? If she is then you could probably do that. Just let her walk around with it on her back for a while and then once she's comfortable, you could maybe even pony her with the sack on her :)

That way, if something were to happen, your sister wouldn't get hurt. Lots of times when people start horses, on the first couple of rides, they will keep the horse's head turned in towards their leg quite a lot. They do it because that way a horse can't buck/rear/bolt. If you wanted to do it that way, it would probably be safer for you to do it than your little sister (assuming you have more horse experience).

Hope that helps :)

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