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post #11 of 13 Old 11-29-2012, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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My trainer and mom tell me to ride her as much as I do. They even say I need to ride more. I trained her over the summer to be ridden (my trainer told me what to do and supervised what I did with her). She's trained horses for over 40 years and my mom rode every day all day until she got married and had kids. I don't abuse her or anything. The only long ride we've ever gone on is 5 miles one day, 14 mile round trip the next for charity, and a few more the next day on trails with the people who held the charity ride. And I'm only around 90 pounds I wouldn't even be on her if I was heavy. I'm not even fully grown myself yet.

If you say she can't be conditioned then I'll just try to ride another horse.

And it's not that she's not trained. She's green, sure, but even over the summer with only 2 months of training under saddle she was better than a handful of horses at the 4H fair. My mentor (trainer) told me I'd have my hands full with her next spring, though. Trust me, I love her to death and she's my pride at joy.

And Eolith, I can't read your link thoroughly right now because I'm about to leave school (I'm on a school computer), but I don't ride Lily like a racehorse. We never even canter. I have on her before, but we just walk and trot 99.9% of the time. At least this last year we did. I know that's probably no excuse. I'm just following orders.

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post #12 of 13 Old 11-29-2012, 09:35 PM
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The only long ride we've ever gone on is 5 miles one day, 14 mile round trip the next for charity, and a few more the next day on trails with the people who held the charity ride. And I'm only around 90 pounds I wouldn't even be on her if I was heavy. I'm not even fully grown myself yet.

If you say she can't be conditioned then I'll just try to ride another horse.

And it's not that she's not trained. She's green, sure, but even over the summer with only 2 months of training under saddle she was better than a handful of horses at the 4H fair. My mentor (trainer) told me I'd have my hands full with her next spring, though. Trust me, I love her to death and she's my pride at joy.

And Eolith, I can't read your link thoroughly right now because I'm about to leave school (I'm on a school computer), but I don't ride Lily like a racehorse. We never even canter. I have on her before, but we just walk and trot 99.9% of the time. At least this last year we did. I know that's probably no excuse. I'm just following orders.

Please read that article, as its the best reason (and using science, not anecdotes) as to why your filly is too young to be "conditioned" at all at this point (at least if you want to be riding her for years in the future).

Does your trainer ride distance or does s/he do something else with horses normally? I am surprised someone has been telling you to ride those kinds of miles on such a young horse. As Joe already said, AERC-sanctioned rides allow 4 year olds to do limited distance and 5 year olds to do endurance (and that is actual birthday, not january-first age).

While I have no problem, personally, with introducing a horse that age to the saddle and doing basics, I would be very worried about joint damage from any sort of serious riding.
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post #13 of 13 Old 11-29-2012, 10:41 PM
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Yes, please read the article thoroughly as soon as you get the chance. It's good to be educated about the choices you make -- rather than to just do as you're told.

Trust me, I understand the pressure. Everyone in the horse world has vastly different ideas of when to start a horse and how hard to work them. I own a 2 year old mustang and I've been told it's high time that he's started under saddle, but honestly I'm in no rush and if I don't even get him really working until 3 1/2 to 4 years old it won't bother me (though it is likely he'll be starting light work this summer as a 3 year old). Until then, he's been getting a very very thorough ground education.

Some people like to say that if you don't start them and ride them a lot as a 2 year old, they'll be more difficult to start as a 3 year old because they'll be more "rebellious" or "opinionated". These people are basically saying that if you don't start them as a baby when they still don't know any better, it will be harder to make them a good riding horse. I say to those people: guess what... I want my relationship with my horse to be a partnership, not something I pushed him into when he was still too young to understand or protest.
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