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post #1 of 19 Old 09-11-2010, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Question Is 2 to young?

I have heard a lot of different opinions on the subject. Is 2 too young to begin riding a horse? If so what is a good age to start riding? Please give your opinion

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post #2 of 19 Old 09-11-2010, 10:14 PM
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What I got off of this forum is:
For my 2yr old Arab do the basics, saddle, bit, take a rider, etc. If you do start to ride make sure its light, no running or anything that would mess with her/ his joints.

I haven't gotten to the riding part yet but my old man used to race TBs, he would race 2yr olds... they were fine. I am kinda skidish about things like that, just walk for now if you do ride.

I see so many people jump their 1yr old horses... I doubt that you will BUT don't do it!... please.
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post #3 of 19 Old 09-11-2010, 10:34 PM
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Its not too young to start, no (depending on the size of your horse). I wouldnt do too much, just back him a couple times, maybe be led around & if you're confident, you can take him out but i wouldn't go for very long. As Just Ruthiey said i wouldnt do too much trotting/ running.

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post #4 of 19 Old 09-11-2010, 10:57 PM
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I see so many people jump their 1yr old horses... I doubt that you will BUT don't do it!... please.
Jumping a yearling? With a rider? Are you serious? I don't know where you live, but I have NEVER seen someone jump a yearling, let alone ride it.(with the exception off long-yearling TBs for racing)
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I think 2 is still a tad young to do too much. Its easy to get them started but hard to stop when you need to. Learning the basics is one thing. Saddling, bridleling and even some backing should be fine. I would say walking and light trotting only. No more than 20 minutes on though.

Young bones need time to grow. Even though people will tell you your horses legs are 'closed' their back grows until they are 6.

This is my opinion. I know there are others on the board who start horses at 2 and are competing soon after. I prefer to wait.

ETA: Sunny...at our local horsepark there is a woman who lets her kids trail ride on a yearling. No joke. A real yearling. Like just a year old yearling.
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I wouldn't start backing a horse until it was a 3 year old, and wouldn't do anything 'serious' with it until it was 4 years old.

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I think light work, no long rides or jumping with a rider. Their body and mind are not quite ready for full fledged training at this age.
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post #8 of 19 Old 09-12-2010, 07:11 AM
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I wouldn't start backing a horse until it was a 3 year old, and wouldn't do anything 'serious' with it until it was 4 years old.
Same here. If I had a heavier horse (who mature longer) I'd give it even a bit more.

Kimber, you're not saying what breed your horse it. Sometimes it is a very important information to decide when to start working with a horse.

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post #10 of 19 Old 09-12-2010, 08:40 AM
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I would never get on a two year old. I like to let them grow up a bit. I like working with them, getting them used to a saddle and maybe ponying them around but no riding!
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