Ok so what do you all make of this? I am a bit perplexed by what I hear/read/see in the colt starting/training front about when is the best/preferred way/time to start a young horse.
A bit of background: Im currently at a training barn with my young prospect, which shows/trains for the breed shows (pleasure, hus, etc).
Am I insane, or is there some hypocrisy happening here:
- I see lots of sale ads for young QH’s/APHA’s that read something like this: “didn’t rush this one” “put 30 days on him and sent him out to pasture to grow! He’s a big boy!” “Took it nice and slow on this one”.
But then I’m told by trainers/hear them telling others: you need to start your horse immediately/don’t wait/that’s a big horse start them now.
- This mare has a great mind, super easy to train (started as a 5 year old) vs;
This mare is a ton of work and spooky and taking a really long time (started as a 2 year old, and when pressed “then why didn’t y’all wait till she was 5”, no answer can be given).
So what is it? I’m not crazy, I know each horse has its own temperament, abilities, personality, but when I see things that seem to support the idea of waiting till older to start, but simultaneously support the idea to start younger with no consideration to growth/development factors that can make the job harder, I’m just plum confused.