Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Calm down. The only reason he chose barrel racing is because it IS something you know about. If you'd had a jumping picture, he'd have chosen jumping. He's not bashing barrel racing, he's comparing your commentary to something you are familiar with to make the association easier.
There's a reason horses are fertile by 2 years old, and I honestly think that we know "better then nature" is absurd. Horses are meant to give birth, just like any animal. So any mare used as a broodmare is serving her specific function in the circle of life a lot better then a mare being ridden. Breeding as soon as they become fertile can be risky, but breeding at 3 for her to be 4 when she gives birth is extremely commonplace and no extra risks have ever been documented.
I mean, answer this then. Why breed a 4 year old then? How are we experts at the "magic number"? We all pretty much know a horse doesn't finish fully developing until about 7 years old. So by that, none of us should EVER breed or ride a horse before the age of 7. I think it's silly for anyone to assume they are the "expert opinion" on exactly when a horse is ready to be bred or ridden - we just don't know. We DO know, through extensive history, that no ill effects have been documented from breeding 3 year olds just as MOST 2 year olds broken in nicely will not come up unsound.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.