Originally Posted by KimAND6horses
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!
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
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.