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        07-06-2014, 08:25 PM
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    Green Broke
    Being started as a four year old doesn't guarantee a sound future. Starting a two year old doesn't mean they will be crippled. There are so many factors that go into making and keeping a sound horse. Age is just a fraction of that. How much weight do they carry? What's their conformation? Breed? How long and they being ridden? What kind of riding are they doing?
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        07-06-2014, 08:29 PM
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    Yearling
    There is a couple up here worked too hard too young that have gone lame and had to retire, like I said it isn't common place to work them too young but it happens. Could you just imagine how much longer these amazing horses you both are talking about could compete at the top level if they had just 2 more years to mature. Everyone's entitled to their own opinion but I have yet to hear a good enough reason for not waiting a couple of years before starting them. Just because it is the done thing doesn't mean it is the right thing to do. And BTW just because they look sound and healthy from the outside doesn't mean their skeleton says the same thing.
         
        07-06-2014, 08:33 PM
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    There is a couple up here worked too hard too young that have gone lame and had to retire, like I said it isn't common place to work them too young but it happens. Could you just imagine how much longer these amazing horses you both are talking about could compete at the top level if they had just 2 more years to mature. Everyone's entitled to their own opinion but I have yet to hear a good enough reason for not waiting a couple of years before starting them. Just because it is the done thing doesn't mean it is the right thing to do. And BTW just because they look sound and healthy from the outside doesn't mean their skeleton says the same thing.

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        07-06-2014, 08:34 PM
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    Green Broke
    There is a difference between "too hard too young" and starting a 2-year-old ..... imo
         
        07-06-2014, 08:35 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    I base it all off their mentality, knees (I won't get on until knees are closed), height/build, and how they seem to take everything. I'm looking at a long 2 year old colt right now if he's still available when my mare sells for another project. For him, I'm figuring on a relatively simple plan (not in stone, it'll depend on him entirely, I have other horses to ride). Two/three months groundwork and then get on and do short trail rides (about a half hour, an hour max if it's an all slow, all flat trail), winter off (maybe a ride here and there at shows in the warm up ring), and continue trail rides all next year, going to shows for experience. He won't be worked hard until his late four year old year, but he'll be well broke walk/trot by then and probably still working on the canter. I doubt he'll be crippled by the time he's 20 as long as he has no underlying issues.
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        07-06-2014, 08:36 PM
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    Yearling
    2 IMO is too young and like I said not waiting the couple of extra years is too great of a risk to be worth it.
         
        07-06-2014, 08:37 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    How about... Because every day a horse sits out in a trainers pasture they are costing them money, not making any. They start them as young as possible because otherwise it' would be impossible to turn a profit.
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        07-06-2014, 08:39 PM
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    Yearling
    If its a case of not wanting to wit the extra couple of years for either impatience or money they buy an older horse simple really.
         
        07-06-2014, 08:40 PM
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    Weanling
    I have never myself raised a foal and started it myslef but in the real world horses ate started early so they turn a bigger profit its how it goes can it damage the horses yes there is a possibility of that.. but can the same things happen to a 6 year old?? Absolutely yes if its un there genetics to have sound problems they will no matter what age
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        07-06-2014, 08:40 PM
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    Green Broke
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    If its a case of not wanting to wit the extra couple of years for either impatience or money they buy an older horse simple really.
    And if they breed horses too?
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