Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The Bluegrass State
My old trainer started jumping her youngest at 2. He was cantering by 1 1/2 years. She started him at 10 months. I hated watching Rowdy put under that pressure ...
And what I found was, the more she rode him, the worse he got. We had gone to a show in Oklahoma, so we were gone for a week, therefore Rowdy had a break. When we got back, and she rode him, he did great! She was quite proud of him, and 'took it easy' on him... Which was going through all gaits and riding for about half an hour. I was disgusted.
The day after, she rode him again. He was worse, she rode him harder. This continued for the whole week. By the 5th or so day, he was bucking, and she was riding him for 1 1/2 hours+. How is this helping him? It's not! They just get frustrated, and put into pain because of it. It's ridiculously uneccasary, and I promise Rowdy likely won't be sound at 10 years of age. It's just sad.
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