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        02-03-2013, 12:55 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    Started slowly and smartly I have never seen a horse go unsound from being started at two. And I've seen a lot of babies started at two, that I have watched grow up and get sold on to new homes. Many, if not all, are still in those homes and competing or trail riding heavily in their 20's. Generally in spring of their two year old year we start getting them used to tack, with light lunging maybe twice a week or so. I will also start leaning over the saddle and sitting on them, maybe getting led around a few times. By early/mid summer they are getting "ridden" a few times a week in the ring, mainly to install steering and brakes. When fall comes, they've been ridden maybe 30-40 light w/t rides, with a lope thrown in down the long side here and there. Then we give them the winter off, maybe with a few bareback rides here and there. Spring of their three year old year I "re-back them", and start some real training. By the end of their three year old year they've been ridden probably 2-3 times a week and been on some short trail rides. Again, they get the winter off. The four year old year we get real serious, and from there the training progresses.

    My grandmother used to do things differently, basically her 2-2 1/2 year olds got trail ridden all over the place almost every day, and sold by the time they were 3-4. Most of those horses are still in the same homes, some are in their 20's and still going strong.
         
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        02-03-2013, 01:35 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    The very good trainer you are referring to is NOT a very GOOD trainer if she is putting weight on 2 yr olds.

    The 2 year old has never existed and never will that's ready to bear weight as a 2 yr old. Most 3 yr olds are not ready.

    I hear all kinds of stories trying to convince themself that it doesn't hurt them, but I can show you 1000's that it does hurt for every one it doesn't.

    No way would I take a horse to this trainer. She should be turned in for cruelty to animals.
         
        02-03-2013, 01:53 PM
      #13
    Started
    I have seen alot of horses backed at 2 go on with no problems well into their 20's. Alot has to do with what kind of riding they get at a young age{2-5 yrs}.Higher impact sports,long rides,unbalanced rider,carrying too much weight,weak conformation,poor nutrition & farrier etc all play a role.
         
        02-03-2013, 02:09 PM
      #14
    Trained
    We broke my draft cross gelding at 2.5, but he was ready and we have NEVER done anything strenuous. He was mentally very mature and picks things up extremely quickly (was working off leg pressure alone on his first ride). We've only done maybe eighteen rides in the year and a half he's been broke, mostly walking with a little trotting after he turned three, and a few trail rides. He'll be four in May and this summer I hope to put him to work and do a few W/T classes at a couple of local shows.

    There was a 2yo QH gelding that was started at the same time Aires was. He wasn't mentally or physically ready, but his owner insisted he be started. He was extremely difficult to work with and had soundness issues from the get-go. Don't take this the wrong way, but your filly reminds me a lot of Bo in her build, expression and look. She looks like a baby.
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        02-03-2013, 02:44 PM
      #15
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by bbsmfg3    
    The very good trainer you are referring to is NOT a very GOOD trainer if she is putting weight on 2 yr olds.

    The 2 year old has never existed and never will that's ready to bear weight as a 2 yr old. Most 3 yr olds are not ready.

    I hear all kinds of stories trying to convince themself that it doesn't hurt them, but I can show you 1000's that it does hurt for every one it doesn't.

    No way would I take a horse to this trainer. She should be turned in for cruelty to animals.
    She is a very good trainer and a lot of the horses, if not all, have and still are going into their 20's and still showing in reining and barrel racing. She is not cruel to animals, she does what needs to be done and all her horses and the horses she has sold, are all still healthy and fine.
         
        02-03-2013, 02:47 PM
      #16
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
    Don't take this the wrong way, but your filly reminds me a lot of Bo in her build, expression and look. She looks like a baby.
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    A lot of the pictures I have posted are from when I first got her. She has grown a lot and if you look at her in person, she looks a lot like a full grown matured horse. Breeze has a lot of growing to do yet, but if I do break her, it will be slow and we will take our time. We will probably only ride 10-15 minutes every few days, or like 2 times a week if that. Only walking a trotting, then occasionally a short lope, to see how her transitions are.
         
        02-03-2013, 05:55 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    Who is this trainer? I'd like to speak with her on the phone.
         
        02-03-2013, 07:14 PM
      #18
    Yearling
    If you don't want a horse to be trained that young by her, then you can bring it in anytime before it turns 4. She will not take any horse after the age of 4 to be started.

    She doesn't break them right when they turn 2, it is when they are 2 and a half, or the summer of there 2yr old year.

    She is not a bad trainer. She is a really good trainer. She doesn't break all her horses at that age, but if she is showing them in futurities and stuff, they will be broke at that age, her broodmares do not get broke at that age, unless they show and then become broodmares. Her studs were broke at that age, one is over 10 years old (I am not sure how old her is) and he is still perfectly healthy with no problems what so ever.

    I think it all has to do with the horse itself. Every horse is different.
         
        02-03-2013, 07:20 PM
      #19
    Started
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by bbsmfg3    
    Who is this trainer? I'd like to speak with her on the phone.
    You want to set her straight?? Well why stop at her,Starting 2 yr olds IS common practice of most western stock horse trainers & racehorse folk,agree with it or not.....
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        02-03-2013, 07:25 PM
      #20
    Yearling
    There are a lot of people around here that start at 2.Exactly what paintedpastures said, agree with it, or don't.
         

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