I’m new to the forum but I’ve been studying here going on two years. My boy Mijo, I believe, is about two and a half years old maybe closer to three. He’s in a herd of seven, mostly unstarted but a few have been ridden in the herd, him and his half sister are almost the same age. He has a year younger full sister and half brother and several others in the herd. The lead mare was his mother but she was sold so his half sister’s mother is now the lead mare, at best she’s green broke, but only three of seven are our horses, none of ours are even started. Here’s the thing, I’ve got plenty of horse riding experience and even on some green horses, but I’ve never started a horse. Mijo is gelded about year now, they roam the majority of a hundred acres. They are not people shy and I can usually go up and get him to come to me. I had some great experiences with him almost a year ago, was able to do some ground work and I had something of a field join up with him, but since the herd has been moved they seem to be getting wilder and wilder though I can still get him to come to me for a rub sometimes.
We are in the process of building the facilities and my impatience makes me just want to rush out and start him but I have read and listened to all the caution blurbs about starting to learn on already trained horses before trying a raw unstarted horse. I understand the danger and take safety very seriously. I really feel confident that once the round pen is up I could start him. I’m wondering about separating him from his herd though, he seems to take the stallion role though his younger brother is uncut he’s still a bit young to challenge for the role and if I do split him out for any length of time will those challenges come stronger after I turn him back to the herd? Any advice is always appreciated!