Originally Posted by Twitch2008
it is very easy for people to bark orders and opinions on a forum and not practice what they preach.
We start our horses under saddle the summer they turn two. We have quarter horses - eligible for futurity purses. I put about 15-20 rides (walk/trot) on my husbands 2 year old last summer. Few nice walking trail rides. Then she was turned out for the winter. We just started her again two weeks ago.
Three rides on her by my husband. She very willingly walks, trots and lopes under saddle. No balks, no bucks, no rears. The third ride she was tracking cattle.
Tracking was 100% her idea. Cattle were cooling off after we had worked them and the intent was just to work the filly in the arena NEAR them to see her reaction.