I think we are finally getting this right, it’s taken 4 years of humiliating marks and dismissive comments.
I have never owned a horse this height before, at 4 he was 16.1 now, at 8 he is 18hh. It has taught me that patience is essential, we know that young horses have short attention spans but if they are still out of balance and their limbs are not yet developed; time is the only answer and I can honestly say it has paid off.
Too many promising youngsters are ruined competing in young horse classes, breaking down at 10, larger horses need the time to develop physically and mentally. All I can do is thank the advice of my dressage trainer, when 3 years ago he took one look and said “he’s going to be huge, you wont be doing any lateral work on him until he’s 7”. It’s this advice which has left me with a sound horse who now takes every thing in his stride.
No jump too big no situation too stressful.