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    01-26-2012, 04:53 AM
Riding under 2 years old!! :O

I was browsing youtube when I came across this video:

Is it just me, or is it absolutely crazy to be riding a horse that isn't even two yet? I am against starting a horse any age under 3, but even to those who start their horses at 2, isn`t this a bit extreme? Already cantering too... maybe just MAYBE it would be okay (but I still disagree with it) if they just did small walking sessions under saddle at that age, but cantering is way too much.

Maybe I have my age calculations wrong? If the horse was born in 2010, wouldn`t that make it one, then turns two this spring?
Could have been born early, but there are two different videos with different horses being ridden at under 2 yr old...
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    01-26-2012, 05:09 AM
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I started riding charlie at 16 months....he was HUGE even back than and was more than capable of carrying me...granted it wasnt competition riding it was just goofin around bareback in the arena but yeah.
    01-26-2012, 05:16 AM
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Huge or not huge - I hold to the opinion that a horse is not ready for riding until he is at least four (some sitting and a bit of walking maybe acceptable at 3-3,5), because their joints, tendons and sceletal structure as such are not ready for carrying anything - no matter, be it a pony of a draft! They may have the strength even as little youngsters, but it's like making kids do adult's work. It doesn't stay without consequences in the long run.
    01-26-2012, 05:18 AM
^^ I agree. When I first saw the video I thought I misread the age.. but no. Poor horses. It really bothers me when someone is too impatient to care about the well being of their animals... :[
    01-26-2012, 05:24 AM
Green Broke
Im not saying I was hurting charlie...he was vet checked at 16 months and the vet said he was maturing insanely fast...all I did was walk around bareback on him in the arena for 30 min max just for him to get used to me....and only 2-3 times a week. Its a horse by horse basis...now charlie may have just been a freak case where he's completely fine but im not sayin go jump on every yearling or less than 2 yr old you see. I don't take on any horse for somebody unless theyre 3 and only for the basics. I don't rush them into any hard core riding....
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    01-26-2012, 05:28 AM
^^ You probably weren't hurting him, and he was probably fine for just a tiny little ride. But, I just don't get why someone even feels the need to get on them at that age, when there is SOO much groundwork one can do to prepare for riding when they are much much older. (not directed at you, just in general)
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    01-26-2012, 05:32 AM
I agree, it leads to problems later on in life. They are not developed enough at that age. That is why I have such an issue with horse racing. My OTTB is RETIRED from his racing career at 4 years old! And some are even younger and retire from racing at 3 :( It takes its toll on them later on

This horse looks either uncomfortable in her front feet or is very resistent to the work. Maybe imbalance too at that age to be doing that kind of circle work and canter work :( Shame :(
    01-26-2012, 05:33 AM
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Exactly, horseluver. I'm not saying you were hurting him on purpose, Roper, and it is just natural that you trust in what your vet says. It's just not acceptable for me and is a thing I wouldn't do with a young horse, if I was responsible for one, that's all.
I've got a light draft myself and his breed matures very slowly, so, even with him being already 6yo, I still don't ask him to work in full capacity. I can wait for those joints and vertebrae to mature fully until I start serious jumping and such. But that's just me.
    01-26-2012, 05:33 AM
Green Broke
I understand that and I agree....charlie was just a very special case...he just speeds through all his training and learns so fast. We figured we would try it out....but we didnt do any kind of serious riding with him till he was 3....
But yea like I said except for charlie I don't ride any babies till theyre 3.
    01-26-2012, 05:35 AM
Green Broke
I completely agree with you mystic...but theyre pushing a horse into a full career at 2 theyre riding them by 1....its different than charlie

Im not saying what I did with charlie is standard though,,,just what I did with one of my kids.

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