Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southeastern PA
Ah Loosie, it wouldn't be HoFo if we agreed. :)
I wouldn't be jumping the horse, but I would turn it out 24/7 and then ride it as normal.
Manners, I expect that from day 1 whether that's a foal or a 3 yr old. Obviously you'd expect more blips along that road with a younger horse, but the expectation remains the same.
As an OTTB owner, who is not yet really jumping my own horse despite my goals because my horse cannot collect. If my horse could collect, and was 5, I would jump.
I don't believe that your average OTTB owner is attempting the piaffe with a horse, and I think it's all pretty much easy riding.
Yup horses need to mature mentally, but is regular riding asking too much of them? I wish OTTBs were not ridden so hard so young, but they are. Heck western riders are breaking their horses at 2, I wouldn't do that til 4 if it were my horse.
I firmly believe that your average OTTB owner with regular vet care, normal human being (not abusive) is going to damage the horse any more than has already been done on the track - and that can't be undone.
Edit to add, I agree no high impact work, that's not what I was saying, just normal riding.
Last edited by AlexS; 10-07-2012 at 03:09 AM.