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        09-05-2011, 06:17 PM
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    Foal
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    I have a 21 year old trail and western pleasure horse that I am going to compete with in 2012 and then retire to trails.And I have a nine year old that is being trained.So when can I start showing this nine year old is nine to young to start wp.Also for encouragement tell me about the youngest wp horse you ride or have heard of.(I have always ridden older horses so I am a little nervous).P.s I NEED help
         
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        09-06-2011, 04:04 PM
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    Foal
    Usually, they start a lot sooner than 9, most of the wp horses that are big time into it started when their around 2-3. I plan on getting a baby soon and we will be doing halter as a yearling to get it out and hopefully show 2 and 3 year olds. However, depending on how serious you are, 9 would be a fine age to start.
         
        09-06-2011, 10:49 PM
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    Trained
    There is 2 year old futurities. Personally I don't like this, because these horses appear dead broke to me, so I am thinking they were started as long yearlings. In my opinion, 2 yr olds are too young. I think 3 is good time to start a WP horse, even 4.
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        09-12-2011, 05:42 PM
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    Weanling
    I started mine when I bought him as a green-broke 4 year old. He's now 8 and I would definitely say he was really mature enough for WP and showing as about a 6 year old. You are definitely fine working with a 9 year old for WP.
         

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