Ask Alexandra Ledermann : What is the best age to start training horses?

Hello,

Most of the time, in showjumping, it's 3 years old. We prepare them and they are supposed to start small competitions at 4, during a small season, without the final as a goal. It gets them used to travel, to see other arenas. I think that young horses competitions are very well. Breaking them and working them late isn't a good idea, the younger they are manipulated (not necessarily ridden), the most clever they become. We see it in sport in general (tennis, football,...), it's easier when you start early.

Alexandra
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