Originally Posted by tanya
I have hear many different ages and was wondering when I can start riding our TB/Clydes. I heard 2 yrs is that correct and why do you wait so long? Is that how long it takes them to finish growing? Our colt is 6 months old now and I think by the time he is a year old he will be bigger than our mustang
He is a big boy and such a sweetheart we go out there and he follows us around like a big dog.
Why do we wait until age 16 to let our kids drive, or 18 to vote, or 21 to drink? Aren't they big enough when they're younger?
Two years of age is actually considered, by most conscientious horsepeople, to be too young to seriously start a horse. Three is much more accepted. And in some English circles, a horse won't be sat on until age four or five.
Height has absolutely nothing to do with it. It's about physical maturity (and honestly, most horses aren't physically mature until age six). They are not designed for weight-bearing at such a young age, nor are they ready for the athletic pounding of riding. Pushing them too hard, too fast, can and will cause breakdowns and severe soundness issues later in life, like arthritis or severe lordosis.
And beyond that, they aren't mentally ready or mature enough for the training process....think of them as children, which, really, they are.