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    06-26-2012, 10:10 PM
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Riding my 2 year old - 5th ride!

Some of you may remember my pics from the first ride, well, we've progressed from there to our first ride without a pony horse to start us off for the first few minutes!

We've tried out trotting, and she's alright with it, kind of a pain to get her there and keep her there, but oh well! It will come... I mean... it should... she's bred completely for running.

So, without further ado:









     
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    06-26-2012, 10:57 PM
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Weanling
I am amazed that she s working so well! You did a great job starting her.
Though I am a little concerned that you are riding and trotting when she's two...
     
    06-26-2012, 11:13 PM
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She looks good but I agree, I wouldn't be doing more then sitting on her at this age, so much growing with that young of a horse. You can still do tons of ground work and some lunge line work. I know it can be super hard to wait with a young horse, I got my last orse as a 2 1/2 year old and still waited a year till I really started riding her.

Good luck! She is very very pretty! Looks like my little boy!

Oh also with that young of a horse no matter how much you trust her, I would wear a helmet to be on the safe side.
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    06-26-2012, 11:35 PM
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Showing
She's a very nice looking little filly and it looks like you've got a good start on her.

One question though....




How in the world can you stand to work outside with your horse and leave your hair down?! LOL. Do you not end up with big old nasty knots that you have to work out at the end of the day?
     
    06-26-2012, 11:41 PM
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
She's a very nice looking little filly and it looks like you've got a good start on her.

One question though....




How in the world can you stand to work outside with your horse and leave your hair down?! LOL. Do you not end up with big old nasty knots that you have to work out at the end of the day?
It wasn't windy AT ALL. Most of the time I need it twisted up in a bun or braid or else it gets so nasty that I want to just cut it all off!
     
    06-26-2012, 11:43 PM
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I don't see any problems with my riding her at two, especially when horses are being shown under saddle at her age.

Plus, my rides have all been 20 minutes or less (depending on how long I free lunge her prior to riding.).

And the trotting has been worked up to one lap around the roundpen and then stopping.

I'm fully confident that it wont be hurting her.
     
    06-27-2012, 12:04 AM
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Trained
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Originally Posted by QHriderKE    
I don't see any problems with my riding her at two, especially when horses are being shown under saddle at her age.
....I'm fully confident that it wont be hurting her.
I too don't think that *a little, very light* riding is *necessarily* harmful to a 2yo, *depending on specifics*. But I don't think the fact that many people do ride babies is any justification, let alone evidence of lack of harm, as evidence shows the contrary actually. Many horses are 'washed up' by the time they're only teenagers after all... horses such as racers & futurity prospects are often out the game much younger.

Dr Deb Bennett's studies on development and maturity of horses(& physical problems of racehorses in this regard) is one good source you can look into to learn more, if you think it important.
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    06-27-2012, 12:08 AM
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The reason why I think I and another poster pointed our our worry was it wasn't stated that the rides where only 20 minutes, this being I don't see any issue...this should have been stated in the orginal post.
Good luck with your adorable horse.!
     
    06-27-2012, 12:10 AM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by goingnowhere1    
I am amazed that she s working so well! You did a great job starting her.
Though I am a little concerned that you are riding and trotting when she's two...
i partly agree, but if you feel her knees and they are closed then she will be fine if she isnt running or slide stopiing
     
    06-27-2012, 12:13 AM
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Yearling
She's gorgeous and looks quiet too! I'd stick to the light work for now.

I love the ranger piece! I learnt more from reading that then pretty much everything else.

Also be aware about how you're free lunging. Circles are HARD on joints. Slow stuff fine just watch how much canter you do.

I second the helmet on a youngster!
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