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post #11 of 218 Old 06-27-2012, 11:10 AM
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I have no desire these days to push futurity horses. I started out that way and have the arthritic mare in my pasture to show for it, winning isn't that important to me anymore. I like to start mine as long 2's, slow & easy walk/a bit of trot through fall/winter and then start into more work as 3's in the spring. By the time spring rolls around they've got a great neck rein, understand leg pressure and have control over every part independently. Makes for an easy finish as 3 yo's.

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post #12 of 218 Old 06-27-2012, 11:17 AM
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Thought this was interesting.

I have a two year old. I might get on her a couple times, but I ride hard, and she wont be ready for that till 5, so why rush?
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ive personally known several 6-8 year olds that were put down because of degenerative joint issues that vets believed were most likely from heavy use/training as young hroses. These horses competed in futurities at 2 years old and were ridden pretty hard as yearlings. I'd never do it to mine personally.

I breed mares at 3 and break at 4. My stud colts dont start under saddle until a minimum of three years old.
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post #14 of 218 Old 06-27-2012, 11:28 AM
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From what I have observed it seems to be somewhat cultural.
It seems that Western riders start them at about 2. English at about 3.

It's more common in England to wait until 4, at least in my experience.
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post #15 of 218 Old 06-27-2012, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by texasgal View Post
Who said twelve months?
Nobody on this thread specifically but I have seen it both done in person and mentioned on here in another thread.
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Oh, OK .. I thought I missed something...

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post #17 of 218 Old 06-27-2012, 11:34 AM
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Sorry about that. Sometimes I don't manage to type out everything that is going through my head.
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post #18 of 218 Old 06-27-2012, 11:38 AM
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Ugh, I couldn't imagine breaking a long yearling... there's so much training you can do with them at that stage that DOESN'T involve riding that will make their training just as good, if not better, once they mature. =/ I just don't see the point in breaking them down like that.
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post #19 of 218 Old 06-27-2012, 11:50 AM
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I hate saying this, but I do personally know a person that started their baby undersaddle, at a w/t at about 14 months. Riding at a w/t, not just leading around.

They started cantering the baby 3 months before it turned 2. Trail riding, arena work, you name it, pony has done it. And he's just turned 2 in May.

I don't think it's right. In fact, I think it's horrible. I don't even jump my 4 year old but twice a week, 3 or 4 times a day. He's mentally ready, but physically? I'm not taking the chance.

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post #20 of 218 Old 06-27-2012, 11:55 AM
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that is your oppinion. but professionals have more experiance than us. If a horse is matured,which they can be with a very sertain amount of protein and excercize,then they can be rode lightly.if there knees are closed on the inside they are fne some horses mature at 4 some at 1. they know wat they are doing,especially if alot of them r doing it.
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