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    01-27-2013, 06:29 PM
  #11
Yearling
How to start riding a horse at 2?
You don't.
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    01-27-2013, 08:42 PM
  #12
Yearling
I guess I should have said he was a four year old?
     
    01-27-2013, 08:47 PM
  #13
Started
I guess I just don't get what the big hurry is. Why not wait? Is a year worth ANY potential risk to your horse?
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    01-27-2013, 09:16 PM
  #14
Yearling
I can honestly say that I don't know a single horse that has gone lame from being started at two. I know and have helped start several two year olds. You just have to judge the individual horse. There are some that I would not touch as a two year old. Most of the horses my grandmother has started as two year olds are still in the homes she sold them to, and most, if not all of them are still competing(barrel racing) and trail riding heavily. Some are in their teens, 20's and even a few in their 30's.
     
    02-04-2013, 12:09 PM
  #15
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Originally Posted by bbsmfg3    
If you don't want to be told the truth, then don't post about riding a 2 year. The 2 year old does NOT, and has NEVER, existed, in any breed, that is developed enough to be ridden. PERIOD. Including the race horses. That' s the major reason so many of them are permanently injured. It is cruelty to the horse to be riding them as 2 year olds.

If he is big boned and 15 hds as a 2 year old, he will develop slower than the more refined smaller boned horse. The bigger they are, the more prone they are to injury. He may need to be a 4 or 5 year old before regular weight is put on his back. If you don't know how to check, then find someone that does and stay off of his back until he matures.

Fortunately, we are having more and more Human Societies recognize this and stopping the ones they catch. Some of them are even confiscating the horse.

If you don't want to be turned in, keep it to yourself, OR better yet, respect the animal, and let it grow up.
You really are living in your own little dream world. There is no Human Society stopping anyone from riding a 2yo. Heck most HS do not have the ability to stop someone from starving a horse little lone stop them from riding one.

Starting a 2yo under saddle properly and properly is the key term here does no harm to them at all. If it did I would have a whole barn fill a lame horses and I do not. There where all started CORRECTLY as 2yo and then shown for quite a few years before retiring to the breeding shed. Not to mantion all the other horses I know who where started as 2yo and the geldings are still showing to this day mares and stallions retired to breeding duties. Which can be quite hard on a stallions hocks and back. Yet they are all sound and enjoying life.
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    02-04-2013, 12:30 PM
  #16
Yearling
I have a 2 year old quarter horse filly too, I have no clue when her birthday is, so I am going by January 1st. I am wanting to start her myself too this summer.

You should, if you haven't already, get her vet checked, make her her knees are closed and her teeth are good and her back is good. I am going to wait for the vets OK to start my filly. My filly is only 14hh though, the last time I measured 1-2 months ago, but she is growing fast, and will be having a growth spurt soon.

You want your horse to be physically and mentally ready.
     
    02-04-2013, 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Breezy2011    
I have a 2 year old quarter horse filly too, I have no clue when her birthday is, so I am going by January 1st. I am wanting to start her myself too this summer.

You should, if you haven't already, get her vet checked, make her her knees are closed and her teeth are good and her back is good. I am going to wait for the vets OK to start my filly. My filly is only 14hh though, the last time I measured 1-2 months ago, but she is growing fast, and will be having a growth spurt soon.

You want your horse to be physically and mentally ready.
Breezy keep an eye one her teeth at around 2 and a half she will loose her two central bottom teeth (central incisors) and you'll see her adult teeth erupting. You can make a decent guestimation from teeth
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    02-04-2013, 01:19 PM
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Breezy keep an eye one her teeth at around 2 and a half she will loose her two central bottom teeth (central incisors) and you'll see her adult teeth erupting. You can make a decent guestimation from teeth
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Personally I believe he is physically and mentally but apparently a big boned horse will break easier.

Good luck with your filly Breezy
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    02-04-2013, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Ladybug2001    
Personally I believe he is physically and mentally but apparently a big boned horse will break easier.

Good luck with your filly Breezy
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I can agree with that. I was giving her a way to figure out her birthday
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    02-04-2013, 01:52 PM
  #20
Yearling
I think the way your going about is right. Usually I will work on steering from the ground with a bit as well and stopping an backing. Ground driving is good to work on. When I get on I have someone lead me the first time for maybe five minutes. Then still with the lead on work on steering while still attached to get it down before your on your own. The main key is to not over do it, keep it short and always end on a good note. I don't like pushing them either, I don't go to another gait until they break into it. Just keep it light and enjoyable for the horse.
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