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post #1 of 8 Old 02-23-2014, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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post #2 of 8 Old 02-23-2014, 07:23 PM
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It's the year that an breed or show association has dedicated to the first year a horse will show. They specify age.

I raise reining horses, they futurity at three years old, then they derby and four, five and six.

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It's 'futurity' & IMO it means reduced future for horses! Futurities are competitions - usually racing or western/reining - for 2yo babies. If they're viable competition prospects at 2yo, don't like to imagine the age they were started under saddle.
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It's 'futurity' & IMO it means reduced future for horses! Futurities are competitions - usually racing or western/reining - for 2yo babies. If they're viable competition prospects at 2yo, don't like to imagine the age they were started under saddle.
No western event has 2 yr old futurities.

I believe barrel racing can be futurity at either 3 or 4? I could be wrong tho.

Reining and Cutting is 3yr olds.

There is also halter futurities.

And while it can mean a "reduced future" I know a lot of futurity horses that are still sound and happy at an old age. My stallion was a futurity horse and other than some arthritis from a broken bone (that had NOTHING to do with being a futurity horse, just a pasture accident) he is perfectly sound and happy at the ripe old age of 21. A good trainer, owner and program can keep a futurity horse sound and healthy. Although I don't agree with the early futurity age for reining I can't change it, and changing it wouldn't stop the horses from being started at the same age, they would just have more riding before the futurity. Regardless, we all have our own opinion of it, and this isn't the place for a debate about it.
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No western event has 2 yr old futurities. ... at the ripe old age of 21. .... and changing it wouldn't stop the horses from being started at the same age, .... Regardless, we all have our own opinion of it, and this isn't the place for a debate about it.
Good that they're not doing it till 3 then, that's marginally better. 21yo isn't 'ripe old age' - it's just past middle age! Changing ages of competition won't stop horses being started too early, but it would take some of the pressure off trainers/horses & if the Powers That Be publicised the reasons for the changes, people ignorant to the damage that can be done, thinking it must be OK because it's the Done Thing, would consider it more objectively, so I reckon what age they compete would indeed make a difference to welfare.

& I thought this forum was indeed a place to discuss opinions??
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No western event has 2 yr old futurities.

I believe barrel racing can be futurity at either 3 or 4? I could be wrong tho.

Reining and Cutting is 3yr olds.

There is also halter futurities.

And while it can mean a "reduced future" I know a lot of futurity horses that are still sound and happy at an old age. My stallion was a futurity horse and other than some arthritis from a broken bone (that had NOTHING to do with being a futurity horse, just a pasture accident) he is perfectly sound and happy at the ripe old age of 21. A good trainer, owner and program can keep a futurity horse sound and healthy. Although I don't agree with the early futurity age for reining I can't change it, and changing it wouldn't stop the horses from being started at the same age, they would just have more riding before the futurity. Regardless, we all have our own opinion of it, and this isn't the place for a debate about it.
Actually, the Congress has 2 YO WP futurities. In AQHA you can't show a 2 YO under saddle until July of it's 2 YO year....so you'll see some of them doing the 2 YO classes late in the summer to get ready for the Congress 2 YO futurities in October.

But any futurity, with AQHA anyway, is for horses under the age of 6. Once they hit 6, they have Maturities. I LOVE Maturities...gives those senior horses a place to strut their stuff. And the Maturities are more popular and have been for a few years now.

At regular AQHA shows.....the futurities have fell about the wayside; instead Maturities and Ammy jackpots are popular. I have not seen too many futurities at regional AQHA shows the last few years. But NSBA has them....the Southern Belle being one of them.
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Good that they're not doing it till 3 then, that's marginally better. 21yo isn't 'ripe old age' - it's just past middle age! Changing ages of competition won't stop horses being started too early, but it would take some of the pressure off trainers/horses & if the Powers That Be publicised the reasons for the changes, people ignorant to the damage that can be done, thinking it must be OK because it's the Done Thing, would consider it more objectively, so I reckon what age they compete would indeed make a difference to welfare.

& I thought this forum was indeed a place to discuss opinions??
I am totally good for discussing it but I wasn't gonna spam her thread with a debate either.

Sorry I wasn't thinking about WP, for some reason I just had cutting and reining in my head
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