Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
if he is sick, stunted, slow maturing or under weight, I would wait until he is in good health. From my stand point, unless you have a reason to start them young, leave them till their 3. I got on my filly a total of 4 times as a 2 year old, just before she turned 3. I also did all the groundwork before hand, so as a late two year old she ground drove, got used to a saddle, bridle and person on her back at a walk, as well as loading, lunging and bathing. I then kicked her out to be a horse. As a 3.5 year old (this fall) I will put 30 days of light riding on her, just w/t and a smidgen of canter towards the end, and some light trail experience, then she will be kicked out again until she is 4, when she'll get some more serious miles w/t/c.