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post #11 of 18 Old 12-08-2009, 03:43 PM
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That's not true. If that was the case then breeders would shoot for Sept, Oct, or Nov. giving their horses an advantage in an age event. I was just talking about this very thing with a cutting horse trainer friend in TX last week. There have been times when breeders shot for a birth during the 1st week in January but end up in the last week of December thus having their foal "turning" 1 in one week or so. Many breeders shoot for foals that are born during the last week of January, or February or March.

The January 1st birthdate only counts for performance horses in age required events. I've had horses that were born in April, May, and as late as September. As long as there isn't an age requirement at a show, it doesn't matter. As for training, since I don't worry about age requirements, I go by actual age, not January 1st.
Really? That's insane. Whoever made up this rule was, in my opinion, very stupid. Who would take a two week old foal into a halter class for yearlings?

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That is why most breeders breed to have foals early in the year.
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Yeah as far as I know all breeds calculate as of Jan 1st. My horse is born in June 2003 and he's the same age as a horse born in Jan 2003 and Dec 2003. They are 2003 horses.
It's the same with people's ages. I'm born in Nov so I got the short stick. Despite being nearly a year younger than some competitors, I'm considered the same age which really sucked when I was a junior and they had restrictive age categories.
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Really? That's insane. Whoever made up this rule was, in my opinion, very stupid. Who would take a two week old foal into a halter class for yearlings?
No one that I know, because who would pin a runty little guy?
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Its not that im triing to ride him at one and a half but if i were to put him in a age restricted show i would like to know what the requirements are.
and as for him maturity level he is way beyound his age already and i think he would make an excellent western pleasure prospect, if i were to go that route with him.
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Really? That's insane. Whoever made up this rule was, in my opinion, very stupid. Who would take a two week old foal into a halter class for yearlings?
You wouldn't. That's why people aim for the earliest possible foaling in racing breeds. If a foal is born in late December, some breeders register it's B-day as January 1st so as to not be at a huge disadvantage

It's not stupid by any means. It prevents any debate over a horses age, an 28 month and 32 month can be raced without problems. That way their are no debates/conflicts about "older" colts racing younger ones. a 2000 birth date is a 2000 birthdate, January or December, it's the same age.
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Its not that im triing to ride him at one and a half but if i were to put him in a age restricted show i would like to know what the requirements are.
and as for him maturity level he is way beyound his age already and i think he would make an excellent western pleasure prospect, if i were to go that route with him.

Oh, so you've had your vet x-ray his neck, back, and legs and he told you he was "way beyond his age"?

Or are you just saying that because he looks mature?
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if i were to put him in a age restricted show i would like to know what the requirements are.
Then it works like has been described.

He was born in 2008 so January 1st of 2010 he will be 2yo and will qualify to show in 2yo classes and has aged out of yearling classes.
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