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post #1 of 25 Old 07-10-2013, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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is it ok to sit on a two-year-old?

HI My gelding just turned two a few months ago and I was wondering if it was safe to just sit on him for a few minutes once or twice a week. He's healthy, but a little underweight and he's 14 hh. I'm 5' 9" and weigh 137lbs(if that helps). Thanks.
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HI My gelding just turned two a few months ago and I was wondering if it was safe to just sit on him for a few minutes once or twice a week. He's healthy, but a little underweight and he's 14 hh. I'm 5' 9" and weigh 137lbs(if that helps). Thanks.
probably not if he is underweight, no.
At least I wouldn't.

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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.
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It won't kill him. Clearly, you are concerned or you wouldn't have posted this thread. Why not finish the other ground training and wait a good year? If he spooks and damages his legs with you aboard you'll never forgive yourself. My OTTB had bent cannon bones from the starting gate and many people believe that TB's mature faster than other breeds.

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HI My gelding just turned two a few months ago and I was wondering if it was safe to just sit on him for a few minutes once or twice a week. He's healthy, but a little underweight and he's 14 hh. I'm 5' 9" and weigh 137lbs(if that helps). Thanks.
Normally I would say its not an issue, but he really isn't very tall and you're a bit bigger(not fat!), and you say he is underweight.
I would wait a few more months on him. Do you have any recent pictures?
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People train futurity horses at two and show them-- I've seen two year olds barrel racing!! Is it safe? No- but people do it..

if he can support you with out hollowing out his back or straining and is healthy its OK to sit on him- if you feel his back hollow hop off!

Don't work him like a mature horse but light riding is OK too.
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I was just thinking of getting on him a few times a month between now and fall, just sitting for 2-5 min, turn him out all winter to be a horse until March 2014, and then start riding him again(just walking, with a little trotting). When he's about 3.5 I want to be riding him regularly(2-3 rides/week) and canter a little.
I'll just head out into the pasture to take a more recent pic of him and I'll post it here as soon as possible.
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Horses growth plates are not fully formed until they are around 5. This is correct for all breeds. There is a myth in the TB industry that TB's mature faster... they don't people just tell themselves that so they can justify racing 2 and 3 year olds.

Why rush your horse into being ridden? Waiting a year or so longer is not going to hurt you or your horse. It will actually benefit him. He will be more mature both physically and mentally. Let him get used to being saddled up and having boots and a bridle on by all means, do ground work... but don't ride a baby. Because at barely 2 he is still just that, a baby.
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Horses growth plates are not fully formed until they are around 5. This is correct for all breeds. There is a myth in the TB industry that TB's mature faster... they don't people just tell themselves that so they can justify racing 2 and 3 year olds.

Why rush your horse into being ridden? Waiting a year or so longer is not going to hurt you or your horse. It will actually benefit him. He will be more mature both physically and mentally. Let him get used to being saddled up and having boots and a bridle on by all means, do ground work... but don't ride a baby. Because at barely 2 he is still just that, a baby.
I did all of his groundwork with him so far.
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I understand when you say you've done all the groundwork and just want to do a tiny bit of the next step. I had one that was 2 1/2 and I did sit on him a couple of times, and if it was up to some of my barnmates at the time, I would have been riding him at that time. He was not physically developed enough though and I didn't. After sitting onn him walking a couple of times for a minute or two I stopped as I didn't want to hurt him as I knew he had a lot more developing and growing to do. I continued the ground work a little more, but basically just let him be a horse until this spring when I had him professionally started. The fact that everything had bee done on the ground and he took a saddle and bit made it so much easier for the trainer to just get down to the saddle work. I honestly would wait, don't rush it.
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