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post #21 of 25 Old 08-30-2011, 10:20 AM Thread Starter
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Well ok guys....and just so we are clear I do not ride this thing too much...he is handled daily and we do other things together but I havent full on started riding him because I feel he is still a little small for a lot of "me riding"....he is tacked and untacked frequently because he is so rotten he sucks at it...he'd rather go bareback.....I also think that as far as riding when they are 2yrs old...a lot of it has to do with the particular horses growth at that age. I have seen some HUGE 2yr olds....and some small ones. So Little Man is not what I would call a "ridden" horse yet...but I have been ontop of him with and with out saddle. Practice makes perfect, and there's nothing nicer than a horse that will stand COMPLETELY still to be mounted, so we practice that(mostly form a mounting block so that I am not pulling on his withers to much! My horses welfare is ALWAYS put first. I plan on having my horses as life time partners so they are treated and thought of first around here.
I have had many people tell me that TWH mature later and at a slower pace...6-7 was the average "bulked" up age I got from people.
I think I am leaning toward going on and gelding him when it cools off. Then just waiting for some age ....if he does as well as I think he will he will be well worth the wait!
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post #22 of 25 Old 08-30-2011, 10:26 AM
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I edited out the bold print - shouting does not change the facts regardless of how loud you say it.

I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.

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post #23 of 25 Old 08-30-2011, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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Holy crap I didnt know it was in bold...or that it would offend anyone that the print was bolded....I thought ALL CAPS all the way through was shouting.......wow
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Well ok guys....and just so we are clear I do not ride this thing too much...he is handled daily and we do other things together but I havent full on started riding him because I feel he is still a little small for a lot of "me riding"....he is tacked and untacked frequently because he is so rotten he sucks at it...he'd rather go bareback.....I also think that as far as riding when they are 2yrs old...a lot of it has to do with the particular horses growth at that age. I have seen some HUGE 2yr olds....and some small ones. So Little Man is not what I would call a "ridden" horse yet...but I have been ontop of him with and with out saddle. Practice makes perfect, and there's nothing nicer than a horse that will stand COMPLETELY still to be mounted, so we practice that(mostly form a mounting block so that I am not pulling on his withers to much! My horses welfare is ALWAYS put first. I plan on having my horses as life time partners so they are treated and thought of first around here.
I have had many people tell me that TWH mature later and at a slower pace...6-7 was the average "bulked" up age I got from people.
I think I am leaning toward going on and gelding him when it cools off. Then just waiting for some age ....if he does as well as I think he will he will be well worth the wait!
THANKS
Dr. Deb Bennett has determined by necropsy and by examination of skeletons that ALL light horses mature at roughly the same rate and all reach full maturity at about 6 years (plus or minus a few months).

Some breeds (like the QH) have been selected to appear mature at a much younger age. But outward appearance and internal structure, in the QH, have been allowed to "diverge." That leads to the illusion of maturity vice its reality.

Working two year olds on the ground is a Very Good Thing. Putting them under saddle much under the age of three is a BIG "roll of the dice." Hard work before the age of six is a bigger roll of the dice.

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I'm glad to hear that you're going to continue with his ground work until he's a year or so older. You can put that saddle on all you want, pony him with it, get him used to it and just prepare him mentally and physically for riding.

A lot of 2yr olds get ridden, though I believe it's pushing one's luck. I've always heard, too, that tw's tend to mature a little later in life than other breeds though I can't give you text to back it up.

I also believe that your horse will bulk up. I've had a 5yr old tw gelding and he was still growing, filling out and young upstairs. I totally agree with getting rid of the "other" brain before he knows it's there, LOL. IMHO, there's no reason to have a stallion unless you plan on breeding. If you want this horse for a great all around trail horse, everyone, including him, will be much happier once he's gelded.

You'd mentioned him being a bit full of himself, I think, just imagine him at 1200#...ut uh.

A good friend of mine has a 1/2 qh 1/2 morgan gelding. He's about 2 1/2yrs old now. She's just starting on a 20min. or so ride. Because she'd spent so much time with him on the ground, getting the saddle on him, the bit in his mouth, etc were nothing to even fuss over. Before the saddle went on he bathed, tied, hauled, had his feet handled, been ponied on the trails, walked all over the neighborhood and exposed to more things than a lot of 5yr old horses. So, there's lots of things for you to do, if you haven't done them already. Look to the dam and sire..they'll tell you what kind of build he has..also, so won't his complete bloodline, so check into his reg. papers.
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