That makes me sad, too. I had an old friend visiting last weekend, who used to work in the racing world. I showed him my horses and said I was just starting to ride the 3 yr old. He said it was a bit old to "just be starting him", and I had to explain that they aren't racehorses so aren't started at 1 1/2, we want them to be around (and useful) for more than 2 or 3 yrs. He didn't seem to understand until I pointed out all the leg injuries, fractures, etc that occur on the track. He really didn't know that it was because of their age.