Alright - I know there are tons of opinions and methods out there. I'm aware of that. But I'm finding myself in the middle of all these opinions lately - thus, confused.
I have a little paint mare, Kylie. She's adorable. She'll be 4 in the spring, and our training program is based on reining technique. I sat on her back at about 2. Didn't start working her until she was about 3. And even at that, it was light work, with lots of vacation days. She only really started working hard this winter. She's a great little mare, loose, smooth, she just flows into everything I ask her.
My trouble arrived yesterday. I had an equine massage therapist in for a session with Kylie. The EMT found a bit of fluid in her front right and left hind, and a bit of tension. We proceeded by doing a flex test on her left hock, which resulted in a slight lameness. At a normal gait, she's great, you can't detect any soreness. The EMT in question then told me straight up I started her too early and pushed her too hard too fast.
I know it's hard for you guys to judge my situation fairly, you don't know me, and have never seen me or my horse haha. But I'm just asking what other people's experiences are, and if you think this EMT was out of line immediately putting the blame on me?
What do you guys think?