Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southeastern PA
I grew up on the race track, my Dad was a serious gambling addict. I actually owned a lot of horses because Dad as an owner, couldn't get into certain areas with children so he discovered that owners could not be denied access. So as children my sis and I owned maybe about 50 horses, that I can remember, so likely a whole bunch more.
I am very familiar with the TB racing industry as a result.
In an ideal world, horses would be racing at 4-5, not 2-3 however this can't work financially. Barns are not making enough profit to keep a none working horse that long.
My personal foal, and I have not had one, despite a lifetime of horse ownership (I am about to turn 37) I do not feel experienced enough for a foal. So hypothetically, I would not sit on the horse until it was 4. I would not ride the horse until 5. They are just babies and it's our eagerness to force them into this sooner. But it's cultural, western riders start their horses often at 2, I think that's abhorrent, but it's the norm.