> > I took on the BO's two year old as a "project" horse in January when
> > no one else would. ?He is not a bad guy but the BO didn't have time
> > and no one else stepped up.
> > Cree turned two on April 15. ?We did a clinic in April, all ground
> > work. ?We rode him in July (I think?) for the first time. ?He was a
> > superstar, no dirt. ?He has been ridden maybe 8 times in the last few
> > months. ?No more then 20 minutes at a time. ?Just to test for
> > compliance and that the verbal cues are solid. ?At only a walk and
> > jog.
> > The intent is to put him on pasture for winter and start serious
> > training next year in his third year.
> > But dang if other two year old's Cree's age are being ridden locally
> > and for much longer and being demanded much more of.
> > What's up with that? ?Cree is a QH. ?I've NEVER bought that they
> > "mature" earlier than the average horse.
> > While the BO's and myself are content to let Cree mature another year
> > I AM curious?
> > What do you all think about rushing training on two year olds? ?There
> > are no "Futurity" classes locally. ?What's the rush?
> > Am I being old fashioned?
> > Splash
> Rushing those two year olds along often results in lame seven year olds
> on a double deck trailer heading north or south of the border..You
> aren't old fashioned, they push them too hard too early and wind up
> dumping them when they amass too many vet bills treating lameness issues
> brought on by early stress. This is the downside of our disposable society..- Hide quoted text -
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LoL, I knew you guys would reassure me.
My first moment of doubt came while ring stewarding a VERY small local
show. One of the competitors rode a three year old from off-Island.
He exhibited a perfect WP lope (that crippled looking, four beat
thing). He showed like a star and I was caught between amazement and
disgust. He was only 5 months older then Cree.
Last nite a barn rat confided in me she was being "courted" from a
barn up the road to continue training on a colt Cree's same age. She
said she watched them school the colt for an HOUR and when he didn't
pick up the right lead they resorted to spurring him.
I very warned her they would use her to train the colt but the minute
they had a buyer they'd sell him out from under her.
Thankfully Cree's owners are in complete agreement with me. He'll be
put out on pasture until next summer then we'll bring him along
I am rather amazed that folks can demand balance from a ***high two
year old and get it!
Maybe I'm better off NOT knowing how they do it??? :-(