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View Poll Results: What age should you start a horse?
1yr 1 5.00%
1 1/2yrs 1 5.00%
2yrs 5 25.00%
2 1/2yrs 4 20.00%
3yrs 6 30.00%
3 1/2yrs 2 10.00%
4yrs 1 5.00%
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post #51 of 57 Old 02-06-2008, 03:02 AM
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I have a question along these lines...

Those involved in QH or Paint futurities...are there ridden classes for 2 year olds or is it just halter at that age (I am referring to competitive showing).

If there are 2 year old ridden futurities, I can see why so many QH and Paint people start their babies so young...I would think that the associations are putting the pressure on there - I think that is a bit crazy to be competing at that age. :) That is a lot of physical and mental stress on a not at all mature horse.

Please someone let me know if I have my facts mixed up...I have a vague memory about it.
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post #52 of 57 Old 02-06-2008, 06:08 PM
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most people around here just introduce their horses to the stuff through years 3,4,and5 and sometimes start racing at 5 and in the 2 year age they just teach them the basics.
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post #53 of 57 Old 02-06-2008, 06:11 PM
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I have a question along these lines...

Those involved in qh or Paint futurities...are there ridden classes for 2 year olds or is it just halter at that age (I am referring to competitive showing).

If there are 2 year old ridden futurities, I can see why so many qh and Paint people start their babies so young...I would think that the associations are putting the pressure on there - I think that is a bit crazy to be competing at that age. :) That is a lot of physical and mental stress on a not at all mature horse.

Please someone let me know if I have my facts mixed up...I have a vague memory about it.
There is a HUGE amount of money on offer for 2yo ridden Futurities. I myself DO show 2yo under saddle and after 17years of doing so am yet to have one break down or not continue on to have a successful show career.

I am not trying to say that I think they are fully mature at 2 but I myself after breaking and training more the 250 2yo have never had a problem with them physically. The problem that I do find with about 1/3 of them is that they are mentally still babies and are not ready for the pressure that is involved with prepairing for futurities.

If I have no intention of showing them I would wait to break them until later in there 2yo year but as I said - I have not had a physical problem wih any legs or backs and I have broken a high number of EARLY 2yos over the years. :)

I do see the problem with the breed associations encouraging early training, however the reward far out weighs the risk in the large amount of experience that I have with riding 2yos - This is not a greed matter in my opinion but a matter of being able to find what horses are mentally ready and what horses need a bit more time for their brain to grow.......

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post #54 of 57 Old 02-06-2008, 06:15 PM
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A friend of mine told me a horse doesn't grow a brain till they are 12 yo.


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post #55 of 57 Old 02-06-2008, 07:13 PM
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A friend of mine told me a horse doesn't grow a brain till they are 12 yo.
that's interesting :) would explain all jarreds problems lol

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post #56 of 57 Old 02-06-2008, 09:13 PM
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Lane,

With the futurities, I can see the mental readiness (or lack of) as being a much bigger problem for 2 year olds than the physical aspect of being ridden at two. How do you get a 2 year old ready to compete?? That is a lot of training to get done by that age! It seems very high stress for them!?!

Also, Lane, of those 2 year olds that you started, what age have see been able to observe them to? (if that makes sense)

I have been feeling really bad starting my stallion when he was 2 (not that I have seen any adverse affects, but he is only 6 now). From what I am reading about development, it makes sense that starting later would be safer, but starting at 2 is such a big thing also...I am so confused! :)
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post #57 of 57 Old 02-06-2008, 10:29 PM
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Lane,

With the futurities, I can see the mental readiness (or lack of) as being a much bigger problem for 2 year olds than the physical aspect of being ridden at two. How do you get a 2 year old ready to compete?? That is a lot of training to get done by that age! It seems very high stress for them!?!

Also, Lane, of those 2 year olds that you started, what age have see been able to observe them to? (if that makes sense)

I have been feeling really bad starting my stallion when he was 2 (not that I have seen any adverse affects, but he is only 6 now). From what I am reading about development, it makes sense that starting later would be safer, but starting at 2 is such a big thing also...I am so confused! :)
With the mental readiness there is not really much you can do to change their mind set, it is really like small children going to school for the first time - some are ready and others cry for a week.

As far as training them- it really depends on the horse, most that are going to be shown heavily as a 2yo will have shown as a yearling and will be familiar with being away from home in a show environment. Teaching a horse usually only takes 6-8 weeks but the final result can take much longer. I find that by the time they are under saddle solidly for 4 months they are pretty ready for any challenge that comes their way show wise. Surly they will have the occassional brain explosion, but so can a more experienced and much older horse.

I find the younger they are started, the less traumatic it is for them as they haven't had years to get used to the idea that they don't get ridden.

As for the 2yos that I have started still being around - some are youth horses, some are amatuer horses some still show only in open. I obviously have lost contact with a good number of them but the ones that I am aware of are all doing great.

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