About a week ago I put a post on rec.eq about my QH mare with size
00 feet hoping that I would get some medical advice. But instead what
I found was that the majority of posts back to me on how I was just
plain cruel for having my mare being broke to ride at age two.
My mare is not being ridden for hours on end sweat covered til
she drops. She is ridden six days a week for no longer than 20 min. at
a time. She spends a minimum of five hours per day outside in her large
paddock and the rest of the time in a 12 X 14 stall.
The mare has shown not only the physical attributes of being ready
to start under saddle but also the mental attributes. She is very calm
and level headed and has shown a tremendous will to learn every thing she
can. Not all two year olds are ready to start under saddle, my trainer
had to turn away six two year olds this year, all were from big name
Pleasure an d Reining sires.They were simply too immature to handle even
a small workload.
Believe it or not western pleasure is not a bone smashing event, and
is no harder on a horses bones than trail riding. Unless the horse is not
bred or does not have the disposition for it. My mare is naturally a very
relaxed easy going mare, she has no desire to move any faster than a slow
jog, (and no it is not because she is malnourished, or too tired to work.)
If there is any abuse of two year olds in the equine world, it is
in racing, nothing makes me more sick than watching a two year old QH
or TB race. Nothing under the age of four should be made to take abuse like t
So please, stop telling me that I abuse my horse. This mare has one
of the best learning enviroments, that will allow her to reach my goals
and hers. She has the best available Vet care should she ever need it,
and I, unlike alot of other people have not just picked a trainer at
random, or because I know of a guy that will do it cheap.
The training that she receives now will be what stays with her the
rest of her life. These are her formative years, and I am making sure
that she gets a solid, well rounded and fair education, because she is not
only a large investment, but is one of my dearest friends.
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