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        12-17-2008, 12:23 PM
    Unfortunately with the cost of breeding a show or race horse, the cost of training, and the cost of upkeep, that is their life.

    Until the industries change their rules and not start Futurities etc for 3 year olds, it will perpetuate.

    The cutting horse industry has been talking about making the Futurity age 4. This has been discussed for years with nothing changing in the foreseeable future.

    Backyard breeders who do that are just plain ignorant.
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        12-17-2008, 01:01 PM
    Iridehorses...were did you hear that they are changing it to 4 years for the cutting Futurity...ive never heard a things of this...i would love it if that happened!
        12-17-2008, 01:13 PM
    Nicole, they have been talking about it for some time but nothing has ever come of it.
        12-17-2008, 01:43 PM
    Originally Posted by Curly_Horse_CMT    
    That is rediculous, honestly. I would never do that. I don't think horses should be seriously "started" till the age of three, and then they can start being ridden more consistantly with harder workouts at the age of four and five. They need times to be kids, just like some of the other posts said. Look at the Lippizaners: they arent taken from the fields till they are around four or five. They wait until they are mature enough to take the training that is about to be taught to them, since it requires strength and maturity to perform all the acrobatics above the ground. When the Lippizaners are just being started under saddle, the Thoughbreds are finnishing up their training as racehorses and going to stud and breeding farms as brood animals. Some breeds are started at different times in their training. The Tennesee Walkers are started quite young sometimes, I think around one and a half even in some cases. I may be wrong though shock:
    Okie dokie then. No one's suggesting that YOU do that. That's what opinions are for right? Which is why I was just sharing mine.
        12-17-2008, 05:04 PM
    My family owns a fourish year old mare who was broke to ride at a year and a half (we didn't own her back then). No one can even get near her now and if you can catch her, it's dangerous to mess with her because she's nuts... We're trying to get rid of her before one of the little kids gets hurt trying to ride her because she's very short... Her filly, who s a very sweet horse and is a year and a half is already trained to ride and pull wagons full of about three hundred pounds. I hate the fact that she was broken so young and I'm always saying to her owner that when she's a nutcase like her dam at four years and kills someone, all I'm going to say is 'I told you so'.

    My colt, who is two and a half, is currently trained in the most basic of the basics... All he knows right now is walk, trot, canter, and stop. I'm doing his training and I'm the only person who is training im, though, if I didn't think he was physically and mentally mature enough to handle it, I wouldn't have already been on him a few times... As it is, he's not being messed with until his third birthday, then we'll do some more basics for the next year and start the harder stuff the next year when he's four.

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