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post #1 of 33 Old 08-08-2013, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Would you even consider

A 2 year old (may 2011) colt that had already had 40+ rides on him? He does not look ready to be under saddle, hes still quite small and butt high. He is already doing w/t/c under saddle.
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post #2 of 33 Old 08-08-2013, 09:48 AM
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It wouldnt be a deal breaker, but it would be a huge deterrent. If I was truly interested, I would go look and see how the horse really is; however, I wouldnt get my hopes up upon going.

Edit to add: Upon going, I would be asking the current owners tons of questions about how hard the horse has actually worked. I would look the horse over with a fine toothed comb. If it turns out those 40 rides are a short walk among the flowers, I wouldnt be so concerned. Just do you homework and get as much history as you can

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post #3 of 33 Old 08-08-2013, 09:49 AM
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What are we considering? ... Purchasing this horse? I'd go with no.
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Yes purchasing the horse. I watched the video of him being ridden, nice little horse and is trying his best... but I sure do want to just rip the rider off him sit on him and spur him and yank a bit in his mouth lol. He absolutely would need to be restarted correctly.
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Since I've been breaking/training horses all my life, I would consider him just to get him out of where he is, provided he could pass a PPE.

I would then give him 18 months off from saddle time and start him back very slow.

I have other horses to ride, that would be the key. If this little guy is supposed to be your main horse, IMHO he's too young to ride -- way too young.

I own Tennessee Walking Horses but I am not one "of those people" that thinks a horse needs somebody on its back when it's only 18 - 24 months old.

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post #6 of 33 Old 08-08-2013, 10:08 AM
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Maybe as a project horse and to get him out of that situation - if he is sound and he otherwise has things that I am looking for. Give him some time off to mature more and then restart as a 3 - 3.5 year old.

To keep as my own horse? Probably not.

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I just watched the video again and checked when it was uploaded, march, so he wasn't even 2 yet. Poor little guy.
Yes I thought he was waaaay to young too, why I was asking if he should even be considered at all or if they are already done too much damage.
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post #8 of 33 Old 08-08-2013, 10:37 AM
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Assuming he passes a PPE and fits your needs, absolutely! I've ridden plenty of horses well into their 20s who were perfectly sound after being started at 2.
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post #10 of 33 Old 08-08-2013, 10:48 AM
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I wouldn't. I find it so sad that people are always in such a hurry to ride a horse. If one is lucky you can ride for the next 25 years or more, why rush it and break them down so quickly? Very sad really.

This is why I cringe when people want to get a baby to "grow up with." This especially when it is their only horse, as history shows they tend to rush the riding along.

There is a girl here that just HAD to get a baby so that "no damage has been done to the horse already" Then when the horse turned a year she kept going on about how mature the colt was, how big he was. Sure enough, the yearling had a heavy saddle on it and was being lunged in small circles daily. By 2 the colt had big splints in both front legs etc.... Long story short, she damaged the horse, big time.

I suggest you keep looking for one that hasn't been rushed along.
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