Originally Posted by loosie
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.