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        10-01-2009, 01:30 PM
    18 months is WAY to young for a horse to be carrying the weight of a person, it's like asking a 10 year old to run in a marathon.

    I don't even like riding 2 year olds, and would rather wait until the horse is atleast 3 years old; unfortunately alot of people like to train that early. I'd rather do the training and know it's done right, than have someone else ruin the horse. Even then, I will not work a 2 year old hard...w\t and basically working on the basics of being ridden. I can work them a little more on the ground, rather than making them carry weight for harder work at that age. And if a horse isn't built well enough at that age, I will not even think about getting on until he can mature more.
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        10-01-2009, 01:40 PM
    Are you freaking serious??
    Jeez, I thought we had almost stopped breeding these idiotic people.
    Tell her neighbour I said he's the biggest peice of cow crap in the history of the world and if he's HONESTLY that stupid to think that a year and a half of baby should be ridden, he needs to sell his horses.

    If you're breeding Futurity horses and they're going to a reputable breeder, start them at 2, 2 1/2.
    Generally speaking, I don't start mine until they are three. Sometimes they mature later and I won't start them until they are 4.
    Their knees have to closed, their spinal system and muscles formed completely, their leg ligaments and tendons strong enough to withstand work.

    Your neighbours horse has barely STARTED to grow, let alone be old to ride.
    Good lord, he needs a serious slap upside the head.
        10-01-2009, 01:43 PM
    Also, please don't send your husband over there again.
    You're only helping to destroy this horse. Really. If this is continued, by the time this horse is three years old he's going to be wrecked.
    Please don't help this stupid moron, unless you're taking a whip to him.
        10-02-2009, 11:03 PM
    Good news! The owner of the little gelding bought a 3 1/2 year old, broke horse today. Apparently he doesn't want to wait until the younger one is old enough to really ride. Yeah! He had no business buying an unbroke horse anyway.. He'll probably sell the younger one soon (he won't spend the money to take care of two horses - its better that he sell). Let's just hope whoever he sells him to will have more sense than he does.
    If we had room, I'd buy him myself. That would give me a lovely pair of palominos and I could keep the boys off of him until he's at least 3. Maybe I could board him down the road for a while. Hmm....
        10-03-2009, 06:34 PM
    I'm bummed. He already sold the little colt off, so I can't buy him. I'm just going to hope he goes to someone with more sense than his last owner.

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