11-07-2012, 11:53 AM
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That really depends....if your into futurities your going to start earlier, and depends if it is 4 or 5 yr old futurities. 4 yr old futurities they are usually started as 2yr olds sometimes 3yr olds to get them hauled, exhibitioned and ready for their 4yr old futurities. 5yr old futurities are usually started as 3 yr olds and are hauled and exhibitioned and prepped for the 5th year.
A horse can start racing at ANY point in their life...
We start our horses spring of their 3yr old year, get them good and broke then start them on the pattern as 4yr olds. But don't start entering them till they are 5.
How often we race completely depends on the show season we have and what you want to enter. Some people go to A LOAD of races while others go to a few here and there. The pros are hauling non stop all year...so that says how many they are hauling to.
That to depends on the person....if you run hard you better take care of the horse and maintain them. Keep them up on joint supps to help their joints stay healthy while competing. You just have to be smart and know your horse. Some horses will retire earlier then others, or will get arthritis earlier then others. It just depends on the maintenance, how hard you haul, and the horse. A lot of high caliber horses that run hard with correct care run while they are in their 20s.