I guess I just don't understand why waiting is so hard, when in the long run it's usually healthiest. I've started my fair share of horses... And though 2 seems to be the magic moment for most people, I don't back them till 4 years old. I get the horses PERFECT with verbal cues, clipping, bathing, lungeing, sacking out, trailering, ponying, bridling, ground driving, etc. By the time I get on their backs, it is pretty uneventful... I also would rather ride a slightly more mature horse, mentally, than a 2 year old. I turn them out with a herd to they can learn how to be a horse, and save the strenuous stuff for later... It's worked pretty well so far, but I know everyone has their own way of doing things! There are plenty of things to teach a horse before you ever get on their back though :)
Last edited by tbcrazy; 02-20-2013 at 11:28 PM.