|Massachusetts 3 year old Rocky Mt. Horse with
Professional Training ridden in short shank snaffle and trooper saddle
in pasture by intermediate rider.
Question: We have no problem - my horse is fantastic. One question concerns me - I have heard within RM breed association discussions that the young horse should not be trained until the knees are closed. My horse has been broke for about 10 months - since he was about 2 1/2 - and his knees still haven't fully closed. He hasn't been used very much at all until I got him, now we try and go out trail riding 4-5 times a wwek for 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
I'm trying to build up his fitness level but we don't do hard
riding - just enjoyable pleasure rides...should I be worried about his
knees and might he experience trouble later on in
From Panelist Lee
Yours would be a rare horse indeed if his knees are not closed
by this age.
As to future problems -- his conformation, his general health, and his
nutrition levels as a youngster will all play a part in whether on not
there are soundness issues. Certainly plenty of horses are ridden
at 2 1/2 and even younger without obvious trouble later in life.
Then there are the others which do exhibit soundness problems due to stress
on immature bones
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