Originally Posted by Macslady
I would never ride a 2 year old that is not fully fused in their knees for any length of time much less gait them to build up their endurance unless I want an unsound horse in the future. Just my humble opinion.
He was examined by the vet to check his knees before he was ever sent off to the trainer. That's just an obvious action before ever starting to break a young horse & I was given thet OK to send him on. Some people wait until Spring when they're 3, but typically, Mountain horses are started at some point during their 2yr old year (we even have 2yr old classes at horse shows in April). He was also 15.1hh (now 15.2hh) when he was sent to training in March & he wasn't shown until July.