Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
It's funny because I always think about these year old babies being run into the ground, and if they survive their 2 and 3 year old years, they're probably running as cheap claimers up into as old as 7 years old. And yet, we still turn out a LOT of sound horses that go on to other careers.
It kind of makes me wonder how damaging it REALLY can be to do light work on a 2-3 year old horse. And I mean the kind of horse you're really not likely to see much attitude or buck out of - a horse that's worked in light sessions, no tight circles, not long periods of time, only a couple of times a week.
I know it's PREFERENTIAL if we all waited until horses were 6 years old to be ridden, but any 2-3 year old horse I know that was started good has never had problems. The only problems I ever hear about are when people start riding long yearlings, either racehorses or stock horses for example and really riding them into the ground before they've even BEGUN to fuse.
As long as you take it slow and easy, and have a good head on your shoulders, I don't see a ton of harm being done in riding the average, well matured 2-3 year old horse for the first time.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.