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Building a Sound Future

Learn how to start a youngster correctly.

By Nancy S. Loving, DVM | March 2008 HI Exclusive

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You proudly survey your young horse as you consider sending him off for training to get started under saddle. He’s turning 3 years old, and you are eager to begin your working relationship with him. You know there are problems in starting a horse too young, with soundness issues surfacing later in life due to premature or incorrect training, but you wonder how to determine when the right time is. 

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Andrea    new holland, PA

12/8/2012 10:36:02 AM

Great article. I'm planning on starting my 2-almost 3-year-old this winter.

Diana    Cedarville, NJ

7/12/2010 10:17:22 AM

I loved this article. I'm thinking about breeding my mare for the first time. I'll come back to this article in the future.

Melanie    Canton, OH

2/1/2009 6:32:11 PM

This help some, thanks.

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