Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
He wasn't necessarily stunted if he's growing now. Some breeds, and specific 'families' of horses do seem to tend to wait a while before they get that real big growth spurt at the very end of their one year old, or even as late as the middle of their two year old year. Heck, my mini mare is still growing, and she's almost five! I thought she had stopped as a 19 month old but she stayed butt high until she turned 3, when she shot up another inch (a lot for a mini!). Her four year old year she's put on a 1/2 inch to make her 34.5 inches, and she was never stunted at any point in her life or given poor feed. She's just now coming 'into' herself IMO though, and gaining muscle/width!
I'd give this little boy at least two or three more seasons before even trying to start him, and even then maybe only for a short walk or trot to nail the basics, then throw him out to grow a little more. If at all possible, I'd even wait until late next spring or early summer to try starting him but I know that not all people agree with starting a horse as a three or four year old rather than a two year old. I don't think he'll end up too terrible, he's just growing like a weed right now! Keep us updated, I want to know how he turns out!
Anyways, I'm pretty sure if you tried to get on him now, you'd be liable to nosedive off of his face. Young ones can be pretty aweful rides at first when they're learning to balance a rider and themselves, and the fact that he looks like a slide right now wouldn't help at ALL!
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