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  • Quarter horse age amount of riding
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    03-30-2009, 10:46 PM
  #21
Foal
I was not talking about breaking a 1 year old or not breaking a 1 year old. What I was referring as taking both sides was... weather or not the breed has anything to do with when to ride your horse. Deb Bennette says that it does not have anything to do, and that article that was posted says that the breed does matter. I tend to think the breed does not matter... Deb even goes as far to say... that the quarter horse breed is often thought as a horse that matures early... and an arabian as a slow maturer... which is not true... people often think this because of the muscle mass the quarter horse has at such a young age... but that has nothing to do with the bone development.
     
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    03-30-2009, 10:58 PM
  #22
Foal
But, they way the bones develop will depend on how hard you ride your horse, will it not?
If you rode your horse excessively at two, while the bones are still developing, then would that not disrupt the development?
It's the same as how you shouldn't jump a horse at a young age either, and how ex-racers sometimes have problems with their cannon bones from being backed at 2.
I could be wrong, but that's just what I've been taught, and now believe.
     
    03-30-2009, 10:58 PM
  #23
Weanling
Sorry hun, I still can't click the link, I need to Download the program that opens PDF files and i'm procrastinating lol ^^

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I tend to think the breed does not matter... Deb even goes as far to say... that the quarter horse breed is often thought as a horse that matures early... and an arabian as a slow maturer... which is not true... people often think this because of the muscle mass the quarter horse has at such a young age... but that has nothing to do with the bone development.
No, the breed doesn't matter, she's absolutely right. The bone density matters. The reason people think Arabs mature slower is because of how fine boned and small they are when compared to a big Quarter Horse.

I weigh 180 pounds (OMG SHUSH! Lol!) and if I saw a 13.3 hh 2 year old Arab standing next to a 15 hh 2 year old Quarter Horse, I would think that I couldn't get on the Arabian yet because of how dainty they are by comparison to the Quarter Horse. The QH just has a better weight bearing appearance asthetically, making me feel like I won't hurt him by breaking him.

That's why I think people choose to break horses at different ages. Weight of rider/breaker compared to the height/build of the horse.

If that makes sense :p

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    03-30-2009, 11:02 PM
  #24
Foal
I go to Central Michigan Uni

You should really download the program that lets you read pdf. That article is incredibly informative.
     
    03-31-2009, 12:57 AM
  #25
Yearling
Ok, I do not know a ton about horses. But in general I can agree that the bone structure will mature at the same rate for all horses.
But a bigger, thicker breed, is going to have more to hold him up then a lighter more fragile breed. They grow at the same rate, not at the same pace. (I really hope this makes sense, please correct me if I don't and yet you know what I am talking about). One breed will be bigger then a different breed at the saem age. Theoretically he should be able to hold upto more. But this does not mean that the horse should be worked any harder. It does mean that most sensible people are going to be a bit more cautious about certain light breeds.
With heavily muscled breeds, the body maybe focusing on growing more muscle mass then more bone, so it might take them longer. But I am no pro, this is just how I think, and being more cautios cannot be wrong.
Either way, I skimmed the article and agree with what I read. The author states that a horse should not be ridden until 3, and starting and riding are very different. Which I agree with fully.
     
    03-31-2009, 08:27 AM
  #26
Trained
Skippy -- go to www.adobe.com and click on the free Acrobat reader download. There is so much in pdf format on the web you'll be glad you took the time to download and install it.
     
    03-31-2009, 12:56 PM
  #27
Started
I have an example:

Taylor is the chestnut- 3 yr old, 16.3 hands TB

Deuce is the bay- 3 yr old, 14.2/14.3 hands QH

These are two very different horses and Deuce was ready to be ridden way before Taylor was- she is still growing ... I don't think you should ride horses EVER before 2 and some need more time to mature then others
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    03-31-2009, 01:22 PM
  #28
Trained
If it looks like a baby, it's a baby so DON'T RIDE IT.
IMO breaking a horse before it's three is putting WAY too much strain on the underdeveloped joints, muscles and brains of a BABY. Why do you think OTTBs and futurity horses are usually lame, have an old injury or are crazy??
Yes there are exceptions, but why would you break a two year old or one year old when there is a large chance of the horse breaking down because of it??
I have no problem with lightly lunging and ground driving babies to get them used to tack, people and a little bit of work, but a human should not be on their back until 3.
     
    03-31-2009, 01:36 PM
  #29
Weanling
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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
If it looks like a baby, it's a baby so DON'T RIDE IT.
IMO breaking a horse before it's three is putting WAY too much strain on the underdeveloped joints, muscles and brains of a BABY. Why do you think OTTBs and futurity horses are usually lame, have an old injury or are crazy??
Yes there are exceptions, but why would you break a two year old or one year old when there is a large chance of the horse breaking down because of it??
I have no problem with lightly lunging and ground driving babies to get them used to tack, people and a little bit of work, but a human should not be on their back until 3.
Well said!
     
    03-31-2009, 03:25 PM
  #30
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
If it looks like a baby, it's a baby so DON'T RIDE IT.
IMO breaking a horse before it's three is putting WAY too much strain on the underdeveloped joints, muscles and brains of a BABY. Why do you think OTTBs and futurity horses are usually lame, have an old injury or are crazy??
Yes there are exceptions, but why would you break a two year old or one year old when there is a large chance of the horse breaking down because of it??
I have no problem with lightly lunging and ground driving babies to get them used to tack, people and a little bit of work, but a human should not be on their back until 3.
ditto!
     

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