I don't have any pictures but I have ridden horses that where NRHA top winning horses in their 3yr old year that are now between the ages of 15-20 that are still sound. The horse that is around 15-16 still shows in reining in NRHA and ORHA. The 20yr old was a school horse up until a few years ago when she was sold and I beleive she is still being ridden as a beginner horse.
I know tons that are sound and old in the pasture. I have never seen a derby horse break down, nor a futurity horse. And trust me, there are tons of them around here. Many have never been lame in their lives. Jester was a derby colt. He's been lame before but not from young working. His injuries came seperately.
I don't see a problem if you do it right. It just depends on how you do it. Posted via Mobile Device
I have a whole barn full of reiners who where started at 2 and are all sound. One is 20. Keep in mind that when properly started at 2 they do very well. Also they are not doing sliding stops and such at 2 either. There is SO MUCH that goes into training a reining horse. The first year is spent getting them broke and moving off leg and seat.
If the trainer is good they don't do reining moves at any type of speed until their 3yr old year. At 2 the horse is trained to be a western pleasure horse. They are given the basics of the movements. IE. Turn on the haunches, circles, a good whoa, and leads. They also work on leg yeilds and side passes, shoulder in/out, hip in/out.
The real hard core training comes at 3 when they are asked to spin correctly and faster. They are then also trained to lead change and the stop is more refined. It isn't until most everything else is set up that they start asking for sliding stops and they don't do them all the time.
Also with those lead changes....You can totally tell he hasn't been doing them long. They are so awkward he couldn't of been very practiced. Still good don't get me wrong, but just like when you look at a young dressage horse and they have awkward flying changes. They only become perfected with practice. Posted via Mobile Device