The thing people think about with two year olds is that they are going to be ridden hard and broken down....Futurity and derby people breed that aspect.
As far as I'm concerned, my horses get started at two, and if I feel they need time off or weren't ready they'll get turned back out. If they do great, I don't push but I keep poking away at them. If they are ready to be shown in the derby/futurities, fantastic, we'll do it. If not? Oh well, they can show in the older crowd. Whatever. However, you get some people who just ride and ride and push their babies hard to meet the timeframe that end up breaking their horse down. I don't believe in that.
Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.