Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
I am confused. Has a real, licensed VET been out to check his teeth/age?
Because of how drastically you can affect a young horse, I would not EVER get on a horse without a birth date on papers until it was estimated at 5 or 6, so I could be 100% for sure positive that he could handle it.
I am not a vet, and I don't pretend to be one, but his build strongly suggests awkward barely two-year old. Just because you think by his calm demeanor that someone started him before you got him doesn't mean that he was started, or that you should just continue because "I wasn't the first one on him." I got my little one as a weanling. I KNEW no one had been on her before our first ride, and I just got on, walked around, stopped and turned without her batting an eyelash. Some horses are just COOL. It would be a **** shame if you ruined your cool horse because you are pushing him too hard too soon. Think about it this way; nothing bad will happen if you wait too long to start riding him, but something bad can, and often does, happen when you start riding too early.
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