Here is Spidey's first ride.
He is 15.1 hands, strings to 16.2 and I think he'll hit it. He is a futurity horse, I am hoping to have him ready for the 2 year old HUS class at the world show this November.
He has been ridden about 10 times now ... about 20 minute each ride and the majority of it walking, giving body parts, and just being comfortable with me on his back. All our work his yearling year really paid off as he is very mellow about the whole thing. We won't ask for much until the summer - just keep it slow and easy.
And I know most on this board don't ride two year olds and so, before this thread devolves into "a 2 year old shouldn't be ridden" - Let me say - I get it, it's a good policy that helps a horse mature soundly .... However, I have started and shown many two year olds that have gone on to have long and productive careers, so am fine with it - if the horse has the strength and maturity. Many of my show buddies are already loping their prospects - I believe there is a balance.
I look forward to seeing the now two year old's in this thread as they grow, and yes, as they are started under saddle.
There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. - Nelson Mandela