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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
Muscle and height have nothing to do with it. My mare is 9 hh, not much smaller than yours. Your horse is still very much a baby at 2 years old and in comparison to the amount of muscle he will/should have as an adult, he has very litte.
I'm not so worried about his muscles though, as I am worried about his BONES. Two year olds are not done growing, even if they aren't getting taller. Their knees haven't closed up, their hips aren't done growing, and their spine isn't closed either. Putting stress on them can cause a lot of problems and may make him lame at a later age.
Honestly you really arent even supposed to jump them as two year olds. Again, bevcause of the bone.
It doesnt matter if he behaved beautifully (by the way, I think you're very lucky that he responded well to you) when you took him out. What matters is the damage that you might be doing to him by moving so far with him, and what might happen because he has holes in his training. Horses are unpredictable, and even a 10hh colt can do a LOT of damage. Its great that he's listening to you but you have to realize that by asking him to do SO MUCH as a baby, you're shortening the time that he'll be able to work well for you.. You're also depriving him of 'baby time.' Two year olds are very much like preteen humans. Work them too hard too fast and you'll ruin their love for work and learning.
I can't make you listen to me, but believe me. Letting him do fun baby things and enjoying him while he's young will make it so much better later on. Working him hard now though with cause bad habits, physical problems, and likely even mental problems.
If you really want to drive him, hook him up and take a leisurely stroll. That probably won't hurt him too much, as long as you're careful. Work on how sensative he is to your aids, turning, backing up, etc. Also work on ground work and playing horsemanship 'games' with him. I guarentee that you'll have a much better horse in the long run.
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