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.