Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Central Florida
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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.