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post #1 of 16 Old 08-20-2013, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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Question Problems with buying an already ridden 2 yr old?

Hi, Im looking at a two year old and My trainer has actually had this guy since he was a baby and I remember him riding him only at 1 years old and now, as a two year old, he's almost broke. So basically what I'm asking is,

will there be any problems with this horse because of being rode so early, if so what may there be?

I just lost my other amazing show horse to a deep digital flexor tendon tear and I just don't want to fall in love with another horse that may end up the same way as my last guy.

Oh and I'm not sure if this matters but he's about 15.2 now and he has just been working on the western pleasure right now and eventually all around (horsemanship, trail, pleasure, english pleasure, equitation).
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post #2 of 16 Old 08-20-2013, 06:48 PM
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O.O I don't like that at ALL. If you're going to buy go full out with the PPE - X-rays, lameness check, maybe even have someone out to check his back. Riding that young can cause major issues with the soft bones still growing and putting too much stress on the joints and tendons, and it can cause damage that will lame them very early.

think long and hard about it.
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If I had a trainer that was riding a 1 yr old, I'd find me another trainer like yesterday. But, that's just me and my old fashion ways.
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O.O I don't like that at ALL. If you're going to buy go full out with the PPE - X-rays, lameness check, maybe even have someone out to check his back. Riding that young can cause major issues with the soft bones still growing and putting too much stress on the joints and tendons, and it can cause damage that will lame them very early.

think long and hard about it.
Yeah, that sounds like a good idea! I definitely did want to get him checked but I especially like the idea of getting his back checked.
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If I had a trainer that was riding a 1 yr old, I'd find me another trainer like yesterday. But, that's just me and my old fashion ways.
I understand, but no trainer is perfect, thats for sure! But, this is why I'm asking
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OP-Agree-no PERSON is perfect. However, a person being called a "trainer" should know better than to ride anything at one. Worst case I have seen is the trainers who break reiners in January when they may not quite be 2. Even a PPE may not show damage from riding so young. It may not show up until the horse has arthritis at an unusually young age.

Regarding not wanting something bad to happen to the horse you love again-I think we ALL feel that way. But you have to understand that you can find the perfect horse and it can get hurt tomorrow. There are no guarantees. All you can do is your best to insure that the horse has the best chance to be healthy and sound. Riding at 1 goes against that.

I also would be looking for a new trainer. I find it scary that they see nothing wrong with that, and would wonder what else they think is OK.

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post #7 of 16 Old 08-20-2013, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much for your help :)
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Are you SURE the horse was only 1 when it was started? Perhaps YOU misunderstood or YOUR remembering wrong.

I just find that hard to believe.

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post #9 of 16 Old 08-20-2013, 10:19 PM
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I wouldnt touch a horse that had been sat on at 1...never mind broke at 1. In my "discipline of hunters and eq", of which I am mioving away from, we dont jump the warmbloods until 5 at the earliest. they are sat on at 3 at the earliest and not ridden regulalrly until 4. some of the ponies are started earlier, but not before 3 and it is light riding.

i would also find a new trainer.
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post #10 of 16 Old 08-20-2013, 10:38 PM
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Are you sure he was 1? One year olds still LOOK like babies, thats just a bit young to train under saddle.

Is he worth the expense of a full PPE? Do you like him enough to take the risk?

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