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    11-25-2010, 02:40 AM
Originally Posted by LittleFish    
Most TB's are started before they even turn two. My horse is smaller and thus does not take as long to grow as your typical Hunter/Jumper Warmblood Monsters. Those are big horses and need more time to develope than my little 15.2 hand Paint. I would prob just be starting to break this horse to a rider if she was going to be 17 hands, but she's not.

We have Vet approval to be riding this horse, and he knows exactly how much and how hard she is being ridden. The gaps in her knees are almost gone.
I'm sorry, but I absolutely had to respond to this part of your post. No matter how big the horse is full bone fusion does not occur until at the very earliest 4 year old and even longer in male horse.

Here's a really good article about starting horses too early
Weber Training Stables - Riding Young

Luckily it doesn't sound like you horse is worked overly hard, but I still think it might be worth it to check out the article.
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    11-26-2010, 06:22 AM
Tinylily, some Thoroughbreds start training as yearlings if they're born at the end of the year.
You might have also noticed that Thoroughbreds are prone to injury. At 1 year especially, but also at 2 years, most horses have not yet had their growth plates fuse. Which means an enormous potential for injury!

Beyond that, I just think that riding at 2 years old is terrible for their mental health. When do they get to just be horses?

    11-26-2010, 11:26 AM
Originally Posted by Clementine    

You might have also noticed that Thoroughbreds are prone to injury. At 1 year especially, but also at 2 years, most horses have not yet had their growth plates fuse. Which means an enormous potential for injury!

Beyond that, I just think that riding at 2 years old is terrible for their mental health. When do they get to just be horses?
They are still horses. It's not like just cause they are being ridden they stop being horses. She is only ridden 3 times a week, not everyday. And she's not locked into a stall 24-7, she goes out with a whole herd of horses. I'm asking for a total of 9 hours a week from her, roughly, including trailering.

How is that keeping her from being a horse? As for mental health, this is the most mentally mature horse that I have ever seen for her age. If she wasn't mentally ready for the work, I wouldn't be working her like I am.

I have another horse of mine that we started when she was 3, but after 60 days we turned her back out for another year till she was mentally ready to go into work.

Yes, I am aware that TB's are prone to injury. But my horse is not worked nearly that hard and she wasn't started till she was two and a half. And the TB's that are injured the most are the ones that are started early then raced into the ground.

Every 4-6 monthes my horses get a month off of hard work. They still get ridden, but it's nothing concentrated and it's only once a week instead of 3 times a week. This is the time when I work on a lot of Liberty and bonding stuff with my horses.
    11-26-2010, 12:11 PM
She gets to be a horse the three or four days a week she is not worked, and 22 to 23 hours a day on the days she is worked. The OP was looking for critique on her videos, not criticism about what age she starts her horses. As for comparing this work to training of racehorses; that is apples and oranges. I work in racehorses and can tell you, there is no comparrison between what the OP is doing with her horse and what the racehorses do.

OP, you were asking about suggestions to get her shoulders up and maybe her head up a little. Maybe try riding in a square rather than a circle. Think about straight lines and ride corners off of your outside aids. Ride across the arena on a diagonal to get her off the rail so she doen't lean on it. Serpentines are great for lifting shoulders. Always ride the turns off of the outside aids. It will help to elevate the shoulders and engage from behind more consistently. I do agree with some of the PP's who say maybe try ditching the spurs and work on transitions. She does a fair bit of tail swishing in upwards transitions, so maybe this will help. Not saying spurs don't have their place, or that you overuse them, but it's good to go without sometimes.
    11-26-2010, 12:28 PM
Shesinthebarn: Thank you! *Smacks Head* Why didn't I think of that! That's a great idea! I am doing that with my Western mare, don't know why I didn't ever think of doing it with Jazz.

Ok, I will try to lay off the spurs next lesson and see how it goes. I just started using them in late Sept.

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