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    08-21-2013, 01:26 AM
  #11
Showing
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Originally Posted by xmariax415    
will there be any problems with this horse because of being rode so early, if so what may there be?
Short answer is, yes, there will most likely be problems. Early onset arthritis is the most common result of a horse being ridden too early. It can also cause a horse to develop a sway back or end up with a weak back.

I would not buy a horse that had been started as a yearling. I simply wouldn't do it.
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    08-21-2013, 05:09 PM
  #12
Foal
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
Short answer is, yes, there will most likely be problems. Early onset arthritis is the most common result of a horse being ridden too early. It can also cause a horse to develop a sway back or end up with a weak back.

I would not buy a horse that had been started as a yearling. I simply wouldn't do it.
Thank you for your post, it seems that you are the only one who gave me a actual answer to my question.
     
    08-21-2013, 06:01 PM
  #13
Started
Yes, as smrobs stated, the potential for future soundess issues is there.

That said, I've been around numerous western pleasure horses who were started Nov/Dec before, or more often Jan/Feb of their 2 yr old year in order to be ready for late summer/early fall shows, and who did not have lameness issues. That does not mean I condone starting them early, just stating what I have experienced personally. I've ridden and worked with many horses well into their teens & 20s who had zero lameness or back issues, despite being started early.
     
    08-21-2013, 06:11 PM
  #14
Foal
Thank you!
     
    08-22-2013, 06:06 PM
  #15
Yearling
I know quite a few people that start long yearlings (in other words, approachng a 2 YO). Horses are considered another year older on January 1st, even if they were born later in the year. That being said....this was probably a horse ready to turn 2 and not a horse that JUST turned a year old. I'm not a proponent of starting long yearlings, but I know people that do. They get them used to the saddle, some very light riding, walking, turning and stuff....then turn them out again. Then there are the ones that will ride the snot out of them as a long yearling...those are the ones you need to worry about.
     
    08-27-2013, 04:55 PM
  #16
Foal
Hi there!
I think its unfair to train a one year old. Here in Europe we give them a chance to grow a little more and in Germany we show them at 3y the first time.
     



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