Originally Posted by BuckOff41570
I agree. Totally. Granted I have run a 3 year old on the pattern. I think you really need to know what your doing. Its risky and I'd,personally, much rather wait until 4 to do it. (owner was pushing for futurities) On the other hand I followed the methods of a local futurity trainer who has had numerous horses go on to be successful NBHA and rodeo horses that are still running 1D at 18-19 soundly and happy. Although her methods had very little to do with the pattern and far more to do with a good broke horse.
Either way, I agree in that 3 is young and I wouldnt be running mine at 3. For those who do...I sure hope you had your baby x-rayed and approved by a certified vet...as well as know what the horse can handle mentally. Some things just arent worth those 15-16 seconds.
Bandit has the ok from my vet at Oregon State University. I don't run him COMPETITIVELY. I'm just getting him patterned. I won't be using him competitively until the summer after next probably. I'm just getting him started out. I wouldn't dream of competing with him yet. That level is too harsh on his young body.
I started racing when I was 8 for fun, and have been racing semi-competitively since I was 12. I've ridden some great horses but I've also got on some that I thought for sure were going to kill me. All hyped up, rearing, kicking, throwing their head, etc. I swore to myself if I had a horse, I would never do that to them.
I don't know what you mean by "mentally" however. Could you enlighten me? Are you talking about temperment? Or respect? Or what?
Some of you (especially Spastic Dove) may have seen my post a while back in response to a question about what I do to start out a barrel horse. My reply seemed to shock a couple people as I had said that repetition is key and I had mentioned far more reps than others thought necessary. I'm just going by what I have been exposed to and learned from other ladies who have been in the business way longer than I have. Everyone has their own ideas of how to do things. There are many barrel ladies on here that comment on these kind of posts frequently. But I could almost guarantee that if you asked 10 of them the same question you would get 10 different answers. Its all based on personal preference and experience. I agree that green riders should not ride green horses. But who's going to tell them not to? Its a difficult thing to try to control.....