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  • IHF question

    I'm looking for information on the two year old under saddle class. I'd love to hear from people who have participated in it or have first hand knowledge about it. Pros and cons would be great. Thanks!

  • #2
    Check your PMs.


    • #3
      I have participated and won multiple IHF 2 year old regionals and done well at finals. I generally start the babies from Feb to May depending on maturity, size, and our show schedule. They will need 60-90 days to prepare, depending on the horse. Most of ours will work 3-4 days a week...lightly and have turn out on non working days. If they are hard or show signs of any stress of fatigue, we back off. Most of ours are or were line horses and we are very sensitive to leg issues. For whatever reason most of ours are also naturally balanced and have natural changes (this makes it much easier as does a natural "frame"). Once they do their time, steer and pick up both leads, they are turned back out and brought back 30 days before the show. The barn routine, saddling, crosstieng, clipping, washing is as much a part of this as anything, especially since mine live at home in my back yard. They get used to traffic, hauling and mane pulling and blanketing by people don't let them get away with shenanigans. I have not had any problems with long term issues, provided you are careful, not lunging (this is a huge issue for me). It is important to have someone who really understands horses do the work. Babies are easy to break. A good facility and good footing is essential.

      This all being said, this program is NOT for every horse. Horses that are hot and need lunging, that resist training (I would expect that there could be an underlying issue) and people who do not have access to a good trainer should not do this. This year is the first year I broke one as a three year old and she was a stubborn obstinate pig. I will never do that again! The two year olds have less of an opinion. Also, I am not a huge fan of forcing a frame on them so young. Natural head carriages are a huge help!
      Lisa Coletto
      Standing Elite Hanoverian stallion, Cabalito


      • #4
        Very Well Put Rubs!
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        • #5
          Rubs, that is almost exactly our program, and for the same reasons. Two year olds are MUCH easier to deal with.

          Our horses tell US if they will be suitable for the IHF u/s. Natural balance, a good mind, good work ethic, easy to teach, natural carriage and good movement all MUST be there before we will consider it. We've won two regionals in a row and 2nd and 1st at the finals.

          It is fun if you have the perfect horse. But I would never try to force one into it.


          • #6
            Thanks for the thumbs up Bill, but I was perhaps thinking it was another finger? Hope you are feeling better.
            Laurie, what do you have 2 year old wise for next year? I only have one(Disczo Lemonade by Alla Czar). She is nice and well developed but I am having a tough time talking myself into the line stuff, since I have so many needing riding. It's kinda a shame but I think she will have to wait for her performance career.
            Lisa Coletto
            Standing Elite Hanoverian stallion, Cabalito