Well bit of random thread but I have a 4 year old gyspy cob mare and my sister has a just turned 3 year old welsh sec d gelding..
The main point of my thread is to find other peoples opinions and see if im wrong...
To me a 3 year old should be introduced to tack, lead on roads, light hacks and not much more then turned away... My sister is w/t/c her boy everyday as well as lunging before, hacking out for quite long distances again at w/t/c, using side reins and spurs on him, and teaching him to jump/poles, and schooling quite a lot.
He's a very good boy and takes everything in his stride but to me she's pushing him way too far and Im trying to make her see.. She may not get the repurcusions as she'll sell him on but im sure it can't be doing him any good and its not people I care about. I don't want to see him injured He's mentally very immature and he still mouths etc.
I am only w/t my mare on hacks and only just starting to canter and teahcing her poles etc. She knows how to school w/t/ on a circle and halt to trot etc and im just teaching her to canter on a circle. She doesnt have much muscle so struggles to canter on a circle. My sisters 3 year old is just as not muscled but if he falls back into trot she sees that as him being naughty. Yes he may be being naughty but surely he may just be struggling to keep canter on a circle?
Id just like to see other peoples opinions. Whether im being way too overprotective or she's doing too much!