Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Gloomy Indianapolis
I started Jack at 2.5, but took it extremely slow with him. A few times a week for 20-30 minutes at a time. He was and still is pretty stout. We didn't go to a show under saddle until he was 3.5 and didn't really start trail riding until his 4 yr old summer. Personally I feel that each horse is different, some really shouldn't be started until they're a good bit older, specifically those with finer build, no matter the breed, while some are physically and mentally mature younger. However, even if they are able to be started early I think things need to be taken very slow with them. There is a coming 4 year old at the farm that is yet to be started because she is small and finely built, while the young stud was started at 2.5. He got 30 days and then was left alone for the winter to further mature.