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post #11 of 48 Old 01-12-2013, 07:28 PM
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I wonder whether it's actually becoming more common...or whether the availability of internet (particularly Craigslist) in every home just makes the knowledge of the incidents more widespread.

After all, just a few years ago, I would have never heard about some dumb-butt in Kentucky that was riding his 13 month old Belgian filly...but that didn't mean that it didn't happen.

As for it actually happening, I've never seen it in my area. There are a handful of folks around here that will start their 2 year olds, but most tend to wait until they are at least 3 before doing any kind of real training on them.

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post #12 of 48 Old 01-12-2013, 07:37 PM
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IMO, there is NO excuse for putting that kind of strain on a baby.

I personally can't stand horse racing for the fact that these trainers are asking 2 year olds, whose bodies, joints, tendons, and minds are still developing, to run hell bent for leather for a mile or more. I don't care HOW much you "condition" your 2 year old, this is simply too much, and this is why you see such tragic breakdowns on the track. One more year and these colts will be much better suited to handling the stresses of racing and might have a chance at a longer career...I also have issue with their so called "training", but I will save that for another rant.
Similarly, I have issue with these "big time" show people who are forcing their babies into training way too young, and to perform long before they are physically or MENTALLY ready for such demands, all for the sake of the that shiny buckle, trophy saddle, name in lights, and/or the $$$ they might get....
There is no excuse for this. None. If you're more concerned with getting to the pay window, than what you're ultimately doing to the young horse that you MUST start as a long yearling to make it to the futurities, then you need to find something else to do that doesn't involve pushing a living, breathing being into the dirt to get there.

*stepping off my soap box now*
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post #13 of 48 Old 01-12-2013, 07:38 PM
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Agreed. I'm still really iffy about whether we'll start our coming 3 yr old this summer. I think it would be okay to get the very basics and do a little bit of trail riding at the walk for no more than 30 minutes... right?

I get so paranoid about when to start him -- but at the same time I can hardly wait to start hitting the trails with him!!
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post #14 of 48 Old 01-12-2013, 07:48 PM
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If that's the 'in' thing......then I'm 'out'......
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post #15 of 48 Old 01-12-2013, 07:49 PM
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I was reading for sale ads, and saw a shire filly advertised... born in May 2012 and broke to ride. Doing great on trails. WHAT!!! Couldn't believe it until I saw the accompanying photo. It was a baby alright.
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post #16 of 48 Old 01-12-2013, 08:02 PM
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When I found out Fayde (who was just coming 4 and already had an 8 month old colt on her side when I got her) wasn't even actually "green broke" as she was advertised, I just plain stopped and went back to the begining and let her have time to grow up a bit and recuperate from having a baby so young.

She is filling out nicely and I'm looking forward to starting her all over again this spring!

I really hate that the big shows and races still have futurity events. If they would stop demanding babies show at that level, people wouldn't have an excuse to continue to push them that hard. But as long as the money is there, there will be trainers and owners who do it.

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post #17 of 48 Old 01-12-2013, 08:31 PM
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It's one of my biggest peeves of all time. It's not fair to the horse, and there's NEVER a good reason to do it. I don't believe in breaking horses a day younger than 3, regardless of breed or gender.

I once saw a 2-year-old paint who was ridden so hard that all 4 legs were swollen to twice their normal size from hoof to elbow. I happened to know her owner fairly well, and I'd thought the world of him. I lost all respect for him after that.
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post #18 of 48 Old 01-12-2013, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Basically, where there is money there are 'trainers'.
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post #19 of 48 Old 01-12-2013, 08:59 PM
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It's also the breed association promoting the early start...most money is in the futurities/ early races. Actually, it is a good thing in their eyes....if horses break down, more are needed, more are being bred and registered......promotes the " industry".........
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post #20 of 48 Old 01-12-2013, 10:51 PM
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Yes it's usually all about money, and then there's some who are so uneducated and ignorant they shouldn't even own horses that back them for fun and because they look big enough. I know people who start their 18 month olds and I hate it. My youngster is 3 1/2 right now and believe me I had pressure to start him at 2 and even just before three I still didn't think that he had grown into himself enough so I waited. When I introduce him to uneducated non-horsey people and explain that he has not been "ridden" I always explain to them why. I want my horse to be physically and mentally ready and I explain joints, muscle development, etc. In one month he will be going in for training and I have been on him a few times for short periods.
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