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        07-06-2014, 09:07 PM
      #31
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by rbarlo32    
    Delete I would more then happily go and yell at then if I thought it would make the blindest bit of difference. I don't understand the notion that just because it is done at the top levels doesn't mean it is right. Here's a couple of examples extreme but they prove a point take the big lick horses for example for a while the winning most horses were trained by trainers using spring and platform shoes yes I am sure they are most brilliant for the horse, then look at Edward Gal he is one of the top dressage riders in the world yet he uses Rolkar doesn't make it right.
    Also, just because you read a few articles and saw a couple "awful" videos doesn't make your opinion right. Like I said, it all depends on the horse.

    Horses have been started at 2 successfully for many many years.
         
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        07-06-2014, 09:11 PM
      #32
    Yearling
    Ringburner I'm not talking about immediate effects of riding them young we well I am anyway are trying to look at the bigger picture and the longer turn effects on the horse and again all horse physically mature at roughly the same speed regardless of breed or height. And as for experience my yearling has probably seen and done more then most ridden horses, she has already got the been there done that got the teashirt temperament without e er having some one on her back. For the show world it really seems to come down to money on the most part and the rest just because it is the done thing but there is absolutely no reason in the world to start a pleasure horse at 2 not that I agree with any 2 year old being started obviously.
         
        07-06-2014, 09:13 PM
      #33
    Green Broke
    We could be talking breed differences also. I come from the land of ranch horses, started at 2 and built to do the job well into their teens and 20's. If a person has a slower maturing breed, then maybe they don't understand.

    On the other hand, just because you know a COUPLE of horses that were worked "too hard too young" shouldn't make you judgemental of everyone that starts a 2-year-old..

    If they are worked too hard, the horse and the owner will pay the price..
         
        07-06-2014, 09:14 PM
      #34
    Yearling
    Where did you get the idea of my opinion on things being formed on a few awful videos, trust me I wouldn't do my self the discredit of forming my opinion of things based on just a couple of videos I am not an idiot.
         
        07-06-2014, 09:18 PM
      #35
    Yearling
    Taxesgirl I am not basing my judgement if horses bring startedat 2 on those few horses like I said I would not do my self the disservice of having such a poorly formed opinion. It has been proven by scientists that all horses mature physically all the roughly the same time and they have also shown the possible side effects of working horses too young so that their growth plates aren't fused yet and thus leading to damage no matter how microscopic. It is not worth the risk IMO, plus I asked for reasons for backing a horse at 2 I've yet to hear one good enough to risk a horses health.
         
        07-06-2014, 09:18 PM
      #36
    Trained
    Sorry



    I couldn't



    Hear you



    Over the sound



    Of all my



    Sound and happy horses




    Who were started



    At two years old




    By competent professionals



    And not people who sit about on forums.



    Don't mind me, just got done gathering cows minus a bridle.






    (I can be allowed to be a little snarky, I've got two broken bones and am laid up on the couch for several more weeks.)
         
        07-06-2014, 09:21 PM
      #37
    Green Broke
    It's texasgal, and your scientists obviously don't spend much time with ranch horses.

    The reason I back my horses at 2 is because they are mine, and I've always done it, and I've never had an issue doing it.
         
        07-06-2014, 09:22 PM
      #38
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by rbarlo32    
    Taxesgirl I am not basing my judgement if horses bring startedat 2 on those few horses like I said I would not do my self the disservice of having such a poorly formed opinion. It has been proven by scientists that all horses mature physically all the roughly the same time and they have also shown the possible side effects of working horses too young so that their growth plates aren't fused yet and thus leading to damage no matter how microscopic. It is not worth the risk IMO, plus I asked for reasons for backing a horse at 2 I've yet to hear one good enough to risk a horses health.
    Because the horses are physically and mentally ready. That's why.
         
        07-06-2014, 09:23 PM
      #39
    Yearling
    Sorral horse what makes you think I sit around on forums the whole time? Just because I'm on now when it is dark out and the middle of the night? And like I said my proof about backing a horse at 2 being bad for them has been compiled by experienced bets that put a lot of time into the research and study yep I'm sure they don't know what they re talking about either.
         
        07-06-2014, 09:24 PM
      #40
    Green Broke
    Rbarlo32, back YOUR horses at whatver age you wish...
         

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