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post #11 of 16 Old 06-01-2008, 02:22 PM
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We have many OTTB that come through my barn arond 2-3 years old. We normally turn them out for a while and then start slowly working them back into shape and training.

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post #12 of 16 Old 06-22-2008, 01:54 PM
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I was always told to start at say 3/4 years old
Its always better to wait for them to grow up a bit first anyway
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post #13 of 16 Old 06-22-2008, 09:40 PM
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I have never started any of my young horses before the age of 3. For most breeds it's the amount of time they need to develop most of their joints (knees especially). If you had a warmblood (heavier bred horse) giving him/her more time to grow is more ideal.

There is still lots you can do in the mean time especially with a horse that has come off the race track.
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post #14 of 16 Old 07-03-2008, 10:20 AM
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the only real way to tell is to get xrays to see if the joints are "closed" meaning done growing...don't know how to read the xrays personally but I good vet can tell you if she is ready to ride
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post #15 of 16 Old 07-03-2008, 11:49 AM
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I would definitely wait until she is 3 as well. Also, she might need to be retrained because racers aren't trained well, to say the least. She knows w/t/c but only for speed and straight distances.

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post #16 of 16 Old 07-03-2008, 12:14 PM
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3 years old is usually the ideal for most light breeds. Of the 3 horses I currently have one of them is a full draft so with her it would be a bit of a different case. I know I won't be getting on her until she is at least 3. Because they are so large, it really takes longer for them to fill in and their joint to close up more.

It really depends on the horse. Some lighter breeds also need more time to finish growing.

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