I do not want this to start an argument on whats a good age to start. That's not really what I am asking. Some people I am around a lot recently purchased a yearling paint (turns 2 officially at the end of the month) as a present for an 11 year old girl with very, very, VERY limited horse experience. He was a cryptorchid, they took him down for surgery about 2 weeks ago now. I went over there about 2 days ago to find the man leading the little girl around on the horse, bareback!!
Now he isnt some big, bulky boy. My guess is that he hands 13 hands IF that. Late bloomer, straggly and imho still looks like a yearling. No matter what I tell them they don't believe that breaking him to ride would create issues. Now if he was solid and not such a little guy I would let them do as they please. However, this bothers me. Does anyone have any information on the dangers of starting horses too early? I know if they see actual information about the dangers of it they will rethink this. They do love him, just arent trainers.