Oh Derrygirl, what some do to horses in America is just beyond crazy! Makes we want to scream! They are racing them at 2 already, (so how young are do they have to start them to have them racing at that age?) I used to show Western Pleasure, and there is a 2 year old futurity circuit that the "top named breeders and trainers" show on and if your showing your horse as a 2 year old again, at what age are you starting them? I once bought a horse who after I had her a while found out she was a top contender in the circuit, at 10 years old she had arthritis so bad in her knees that she couldn't really be ridden anymore. Just my humble opinion, but a lot of these breeders and trainers only care about the buck they can make when they sell the horse. Its cheaper to sell a well broke 2 year old then a well broke 4 year old (the age I start riding) You know that's 2 years of feed and care that they are saving. It doesn't matter to them if the horse is broke down by the time its 10 years old!