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post #1 of 25 Old 12-11-2008, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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Riding a horse at 1 and 1/2 years old!!!=/

so I ran into an old friend today and we got to talking and she started telling me about her horse's baby who is two now and she sold the baby and the new owners are riding him. The new owner started riding him when he was a year and a half old!!! I couldnt believe it. My gelding is almost two and I am going to wait at least another year to even think about getting on his back!

Whats your opinion on this? I mean with them riding him at 1 and a half years old. And they are working him she said like walk trot canter and they are even showing him in 3 gait classes.
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post #2 of 25 Old 12-11-2008, 09:14 PM
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At the farm I used to work at they hired a trainer who was supposed to do some basic ground stuff Ie tying, trailer loading bathing you know simple stuff and then do things under saddle with the older horses so I catch her riding one of the 14 month old horses freak out and tell her to get off and reminder the age she simply said to me " Well as big as she is there is no harm in riding her at this age " I said to her one is still one no matter the breed and I went to our boss and she was fired right then. As hard as it is to believe some people who think they know what they are doing really don't have a clue!
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post #3 of 25 Old 12-11-2008, 09:15 PM
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They'll learn when the horse is dead lame and mentally unstable at 5. Or not.
It's happened to a lot of horses I know. I think a horse shouldn't be show until 4, or broken until 3. Just like people, they need time to grow up and be kids.
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Exactly! I mean my gelding is almost two and he is mentally and physically not ready to begin to be broke and although I think it depends on horse to horse 2 and a half at the LEAST I would even hesitate then because they still have at least another year of growing.
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post #5 of 25 Old 12-11-2008, 09:25 PM
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People who ride anything under two years are just plain ignorant or careless. Both which never cease to make me mad. I don't even think about getting on a horse until its two, and if they are ready to go at two the most I ask them to do is light trotting around 2.5 yrs and even then it's only if they are ready. Horses are definitely not even close to being physically mature and 1.5 yrs, still huge gaps in the knees some bones are still soft. To have them going at w/t/l at that young is frightening.
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post #6 of 25 Old 12-11-2008, 09:29 PM
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Unfortunately those people won't realise it was the early riding that ruined their horses. They will think of a million other reasons! They just don't seem to make the connection.
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post #7 of 25 Old 12-11-2008, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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Yea I know and tonight I saw them riding him and they were working him I mean walk trot lope for like an hour and a half! I wanted to say something soooo bad but I didnt think it was my place to say something but now I wish I would have said something
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post #8 of 25 Old 12-11-2008, 09:32 PM
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I'm starting some light saddle work at a walk in the next week or two and my gelding will be 3 in april. The vet told me that everything looks good and his plates are great. He has a bit of filling out to go, but probably not getting any taller. I watched a video of someone "cowboy-ing" a yearling and it grossed me out so badly I wanted to cry :(
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post #9 of 25 Old 12-11-2008, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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That is just sad! And disgusting!
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post #10 of 25 Old 12-11-2008, 10:32 PM
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Actually getting on a hrose's back at that age, is unacceptable.
At that age, they should be doing ground work, working on manners, basic commands, NOT RIDING...thats terrible

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