Originally Posted by horsecrazygirl13
Because I'm dying to do it
I'm going to agree with JustDressageIt. Many of the futurity horses are pushed at a VERY young age. They usually start backing them at 1.5 years old and by 2-2 1/2 they are pretty much doing everything. However it does depend on the individual horse. I know a futurity reiner who was backed at 1.5 and by 2 she was doing spins, rollbacks, and sliding stops and doing shows professionally. She will be 19 this year, still sound, still does shows and reining.
I've also known some OTTBs who were racing at 2, one I know is in his late 20's and still going strong...However I will never recommend
riding anything under 2. Even if its just sitting there. To me I would not do any work until at least 2. Then go from there.
That being said, I started my horse at 2.5. Just riding around for about 10 minutes every so often. If you take your time and don't rush anything I think you can start at 2. When is your horse officially 2? Have you thought of taken x-rays on your horse's knees and back to see where they are?