Originally Posted by Rodeo Pro
The reason I am kinda in a hurry is because I don't have a different horse to run on. I just sold Steppin :( Also I want her to be a really good barrel horse and hopefully run in the pro rodeos.
If this is your only horse, no offense, but that is all the more reason to let her grow up and fill out a bit more before really running her hard.
A horse that is started "early" persay, I don't think will be any better than a horse that is allowed to come along a bit slower, become more mentally and physically fit, and then asked to run hard. The horses I raised, have learnt the patterns at 2-3, and we didn't add any real speed until their 4 year old year, only if I felt they were really ready for it.