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Date Posted: 11:32:33 11/27/11 Sun
Author: Megan
Subject: Driving is THE best exercise!
In reply to: doeke 's message, "good advice!" on 15:22:28 11/23/11 Wed

Hello!

I also have a 4.5 year old gelding that I bought as a yearling stud colt. The best exercise I could (rather my trainers could) give him at that age was long lining and driving. Driving has really done wonders for his shoulders and his hind end. My gelding has weak stifles so driving is the best exercise for him. I do ride him WTC and he is great! He needs a little work on his canter departures, but other than that he is lots of fun to ride now. :)

I would suggest finding a trainer that is knowledgeable with driving. They will have all the necessary carts, work harnesses, etc. to train your horse to drive. Even if you never show him in harness, it's so good for them to drive as youngsters. My gelding learned to drive at about 2.5 years old and broke to saddle at almost 3. The driving is really what built up his stamina and physical strength to be strong enough to be saddle broke. I highly highly recommend driving, for any young horse, really. I found that it helped his in hand work too. It developed his shoulders enough to be able to lift more trotting in hand, which we all know is key for any up headed breed competing in hand. :)

I know of Ileana's horse and her experiences as well. Both of us are pretty knowledgable regarding raising young Friesians, so post away any questions you may have. :) Thanks!

-Megan

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