Originally Posted by Tina
It is in my opinion that starting 2yr olds under saddle is a good idea depending on the horse of course : ) Some have the build for it and can handle bearing weight for a few minutes at a time. I do not agree with running the legs off these baby TB's though.......it's such a waste and in my opinion abuse.
Yes of course, starting some 2 year olds is a great idea, at 2 most horses are getting to that horrible cheeky stage haha! They need something to think about, learn to occupy their head space. But only very light, gentle work. Taking things slowly.
Race horse are more often than not fully broken. They are taught to have a saddle thrown on their back, accept a bridle and a bit in their mouth. And then to just run as fast as they possibly can.
Hence the reason any horse I take ott I like to basically re-break. They get a let down period of AT LEAST a month in the paddock with a friend of two and I don't touch them.
After then, back to total basics, getting backed, lunging etc. I find they are like any typical babies when you do that, they just don't understand.