Originally Posted by EveningShadows
This was my thought as well...typically, horses aren't mentally ready for this sort of training until at least age 3 and their bodies, although she LOOKS solid enough, aren't either. I worry about her knees and back when she's 10 if she's in hard training like this at 2.
As for that being how a horse *should* stand at the end of a session...I disagree...she looks COMPLETELY exhausted. There's no spark left in her and I think a session should end before they're so tired they can't hold their head up.
Alrighty, I will explain yet again. She is a FUTURITY HORSE! Meaning, she is being trained to compete in the reining futurities NEXT YEAR! I didn't buy her has a trail, or open show horse, I bought her as a futurity horse.
It is my choice to futurity my horse, not yours, not my neighbors, not my mothers etc. If I choose for her to be a futurity horse and have her training at two, then hey, that's my choice. She is by no means in danger, or being abused. Acutally, this little one is more than spoiled! She gets pampered.
Now as far as she how she was standing; she was ridden for a total of about 25 mins. She was nowhere near exhausted. She had barely started to sweat under her saddle, and to top it all off she was in the indoor which is cooking. And FYI the picture was taking about 8 mins into the ride when we were talking about her training, and as I have already said she holds her head like this all the time she is lazy type horse.
And another thing, since you seem to have to know. Yes she does know everything else. Reining horses are prepared for this, they aren't just thrown into futurity training without knowing anythings. Theses horses are handled extensivily since day one.
And FYI she sees a Massage Therapist (myself) weekly, the Chiro every 8 weeks and the vet and farrier every 6 weeks. She has had no issues at all with her body, and if she does she will have a break. But she is by no means WORKING HARD, she is simply being conditioned for full training at the moment.
If there is anything else that you need to know, please let me know. I would be more than happy to explain why I do things the way I do with MY horse!