Getting a two year old started on riding?
I know what you are thinking, “Don’t get on a two year old, you will kill them, ruin them, hurt them, and so on.” Just hold on until I fully explain everything.
I have a two year old that has already been use to carrying a saddle while lunging and ground work. I’ve spent a ton of time researching and asking people on their opinion on getting a two year old broke to ride. Please do not attempt to go after me on this subject; I’ve had my fair share of both sides. I’ve read and heard that it can go either way, to do or not to do. According to what I found it is fine to start them under certain conditions, like breed, build, height, weight of rider, mental ability, their bone structure, body structure and others factors. I also read that Quarter Horses have no issues being broke at two and do fine.
Now, don’t worry I’m not planning on going out tomorrow and jumping on him and saying “Yee-haw” and take him out trail riding.
I’m curious as to how others would start out, slow and steady. He already is use to a saddle on him and I just started working on taking a bit. Yes, I have got on him once, but it was for about 30 seconds and he was being held. I’m hoping to do that once a week or less, extending the time. Then after several training sessions of both being mounted and taking a bit, adding the two together and start having the person that holds him, lead him around.
Beside the fact that most would not agree on starting him at two, is this a good method to go about, if not what would you change? (Besides his age)
He is two years old according to the odd rule of all horses celebrate their birthday January 1st, but his real date of birth is not even a month from now. He is a Quarter Horse and stands about 15 hands tall. I myself am only a measly 120 pounds.
Again, please no comments on his age, he is a big boned horse and definitely ready for this next step in his training.