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post #1 of 21 Old 12-15-2009, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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Riding the 2.5 yr old??

I generally don't even get on my horses til their at least 3 yrs old because I'm worried for their joints although I don't work them hard at all. I rarely bring them to a trot when I first start riding. What do you guys think? The Breeds I'd be riding is a APHA filly, she's about 14.2-.3 hhs right now. and the other filly is an app x arab cross about 14.1-.2hhs. The paint is medium built while the app is fairly stocky. I wouldnt be trotting them at all but just to walk around to get them used to it. what do you think?
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post #2 of 21 Old 12-15-2009, 05:14 PM
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not to be rude but it also depends on how much you weight and what the horses weigh.
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post #3 of 21 Old 12-15-2009, 05:48 PM
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I started light rides on my 2.5 year old Paint filly this fall. She'll be 3 years old in about 3 months and I've put maybe a dozen rides on her so far. She seems to be coping well. Between groundwork and round pen work, I'm probably only on her for about 10-15 minutes in total each session. We've only worked on brief amounts of jogging maybe half a dozen times. I'm more concerned with her learning her cues and responding to the bit.

It also depends on the temperment of your horse I think - light rides on a 2.5 year old isn't harmful, but if they decide to throw a temper tantrum and buck you out, then you DO have to consider the damage being done when you're slamming into an undeveloped spine in a bucking fit. Hence why I keep my rides so short and sweet with Jynx - she's totally laid back, and level headed enough that the chance of it happening is slim to none at this point.

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post #4 of 21 Old 12-15-2009, 06:15 PM
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It depends on the horse, if I was to start one. Personally, I won't get on any horse until they're at least three. But one also has to consider the size and breed of the horse. The bigger/heavier the horse, the longer it takes for their bones to finish fusing; a 17 hand thoroughbred may not finish growing until eight! The vertibrae are the last thing to fuse as well, so it's especially appalling for me when I see really young horses jumping, let alone just trotting and walking.
I also take into consideration the horse's temperment and *ahem* intelligence level. It's a true fact that some horses just aren't mature enough in the mind to understand having a rider on their back.

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post #5 of 21 Old 12-15-2009, 08:39 PM
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i usually get on them as a 2yo before they get huge. ride them for a few weeks & throw them out for a few months to grow.

also keep it mind that walking with a rider is hard for a youngster. i would rather w/t/c for 20-30 min than walk for an hour.

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post #6 of 21 Old 12-15-2009, 11:02 PM
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I personally will not get on any horse until they are at least 4.
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post #7 of 21 Old 12-16-2009, 01:03 AM Thread Starter
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Not rude at all, if it were my brother I would rather him wait til their 3.5-4 some of them. I'm 155 pounds. The riding I'm talking about is hopefully just walking around, starts and stops, turns and backs, prolly less then 15 mins each Cause I try to keep it short and end on a good note.
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post #8 of 21 Old 12-16-2009, 09:14 AM
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I just put about 20 rides on my 2 yr old APHA gelding this fall. (He was 2 1/2 yrs at the time.) During our rides we did walk, jog, trot, canter, forehand pivots, hindquarter pivots, sidepassing, backing, stopping, steering, and even started on some lateral work. We went out on trail rides in the woods. We rode down the road with cars & trucks whizzing by. We rode out alone through the fields down to the pond. I even took him to a show for the walk-trot classes and we ended up placing. I don't feel I pushed him too fast or too hard. All of these events took place over the course of 5 months & I never rode him more than 2x a week or longer than 1 hr. at a time.

I think the more you can expose your horse to during the initial starting under saddle process, the better the horse will be. If you take it slow and avoid progressing, the horse seems to regress. I've started horses both ways & I much prefer the results I get when I treat the young horse as I would expect him to be if he were a trained horse.


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post #9 of 21 Old 12-16-2009, 09:36 AM
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it depends on the horse. they mature at different rates. ill start a horse at 18 months if their mature enough. just light work though.
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post #10 of 21 Old 12-16-2009, 09:54 AM
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My friend has a 14.2 hand qh he's pretty stocky 850-900lbs, but shes around 200lbs. So she asked me to break him for her sometimes soon. We'll see how that goes. I think hes around 2 1/2 or 3.

My qh probably wont get over 15 hh (knock on wood.) I have no problems riding him in a year or so when hes two, for a few rides a month. Hes going to be stock and Im about 115lbs so he can handle it. If I were to ride him a few times a week I would wait till he's three. I personally want to do more then a walk, so I'll wait till hes three, for more regular riding.

Do you know how much the horse weighs?
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