Age for lunging an APHA?
I have a filly who turned 1 in August. She is an APHA registered, solid red roan.
The barn owner breeds paints, and she gave her to me because I've done a lot of work for her (I'm 16). She used to show paints all over, and she's done really well.
I've heard a lot about lunging. The barn owner says I should start lunging her, and they have classes for 2 & Under lunging at most of the shows I go to, and the APHA world show.
But I've heard that it can be damaging to their legs when you lunge them so young. My goal is to eventually jump her, and obviously I don't want to hurt her.
I don't really have an opinion either way on lunging so young, but I want to know if this could cause problems down the road.
I can see where it would be damaging, but I also know that Paints and QH's develop fast in comparison to a lot of breeds.
What do you think?
Riders aren't 16 and pregnant. Riders are 16 and arthritic.