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    08-29-2011, 07:43 PM
If that's him in your avatar he is more filled out than the average 2 yr old
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    08-29-2011, 10:27 PM
He hasnt been ridden but maybe a total of 6hours.....Why stop?
    08-29-2011, 10:29 PM
That is him in my avatar....and he was just a year old there....really I thought he was small.....
    08-29-2011, 10:37 PM
Believe it or not, living things grow bigger when altered. Which is why we castrate beef animals, chickens (capons) etc. Testosterone impedes growth. I think the only thing that grows larger on a stallion is the throat latch and crest of the neck, which isn't really diserable.
    08-29-2011, 11:42 PM
It's all in their genetics. My dad has had a few TW that people thought were QH they were so beefy but as a breed they are on the thinner side. Also as someone else mentioned, they tend to develop later. My big boy was over 6 before he reached his full size and weight. Up until that point I was shoving groceries down his throat non stop and he didn't gain an ounce!
    08-30-2011, 12:18 AM
In many Iberian breeds (particularly in Latin countries) it's not the custom to geld a stallion unless there is a serious conformational or tempermental flaw.

Stallions are for riding; mares are for breeding.

In the U.S. We tend to follow the British/Northern European practice of gelding all but the best stallions (those which will be used for breeding).

Gelding does NOT remove "male" tendencies (aggression, mare herding, mounting, etc.). These "stallion" behaviors are instinctive. You can prove this by watching suckling colts play and comparing their play to suckling fillies. Gelding removes the fuel that "amps up" these behaviors.

Gelding will usually result in some physical differences at maturity. These changes generally do not negatively impact the utility of the horse.

    08-30-2011, 06:34 AM
Originally Posted by KimAND6horses    
He hasnt been ridden but maybe a total of 6hours.....Why stop?
Because he is too young at 2 years old.
    08-30-2011, 09:42 AM
Originally Posted by iridehorses    
Because he is too young at 2 years old.
Not it's not. Once their knees knit together you can ride them, shouldn't ride them hard but you can definitely ride them. Starting out with 10-15 minute rides isn't going to hurt them one bit.
    08-30-2011, 10:04 AM
Originally Posted by Darrin    
Not it's not. Once their knees knit together you can ride them, shouldn't ride them hard but you can definitely ride them. Starting out with 10-15 minute rides isn't going to hurt them one bit.
I must respectfully disagree.

Generally speaking, riding a horse at two years is a bad idea. It's not just about the knees, it's about the back (a functional "suspension bridge") and that portion of the body can suffer minor injury that can cause problems later in life.

I commend to you the work of Dr. Deb Bennett in this area.

This does not mean "no work;" it just means "no saddle work."

    08-30-2011, 10:20 AM
It's also about the mental part of riding, they simply, as a general rule, are not ready. While it's true that performance horses are backed as long 2 year olds, it just isn't a smart practice.

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