My question is that I'm not sure what is appropriate to do with him and what is not. I've never started anything under 3 because I specialize in taking in problem/older horses that need retrained or started so I'm not sure where the line is with a 2 yr old, and I've heard conflicting stories about draft crosses and how they mature.
He is not a hot house flower and has been in 24/7 turnout with a rowdy group of geldings/colts ranging in ages from 1-5. He is well proportioned, a good weight and has great feet and legs. The owners tended to not cut them until they started them and they didn't usually start them until 3-4 because they easily had them separated and it was an extra expense/hassle they didn't want to deal with until they had to. None of their colts or geldings are studdish or even realize that they are intact, as we walked him past mares in heat and he had not a care in the world when I went to look at him. I plan to start him lightly under saddle this summer/fall and work on some in hand things to strengthen his muscles and coordination then turn him out for the winter to grow up some more. I'm curious what other people do with their babies to keep them interested, learning and motivated while not pounding them into the ground. Also any info on things that might be different in starting a draft cross baby versus a TB/QH baby and/or things that they can and can't handle physically would be greatly appreciated. He's my first unbroke 2 yr old and draft cross so I look forward to the challenge. I attached a picture of him, not very good but I will get better ones this weekend so you could put a face to the post =) His name is Ozzy.