Poor Pirate (arghhh matey!)
Another prime example of some stupid asshat starting a horse long before it’s ready.
“Pirate has alot going for him: manners, color, lots of bone, nice comfortable movement, looks, & etc. He is turning 3 years old and very sensible. He is well started on his basics under saddle. He is sweet and willing and has a very level head. utd on vacc/worming. sound with good feet.”
How the ad should read:
“Pirate is a broke-too-soon two year old who is so underdeveloped he almost looks malnourished. He’s very sensible! You never have to worry about him tossing his rider because he is no where near coordinated enough to do so. UTD on vacc./worming. Sound for now!”
Ugh. This is a two year old with a (tightly fitted) standing martingale on! Sure, Friesians have naturally high head carriage, but this one’s exaggerated by the fact that he’s going around with his back hollowed – this “well started” horse needs to learn to stretch through his topline and build up his back muscles. To the woman in the photo: those are the muscles that help him to carry the weight of a rider. Another point of interest is that your stirrups are so short you’re sitting on his kidneys. Perhaps that’s part of the reason he drops his back and brings his head up? You know, ’cause he’s in pain? Oh, and in case you’re interested, riding a horse before it is physically developed enough to properly carry a rider’s weight (which this one clearly is not) can contribute to conformational issues such as a sway back.
Oh gosh. There was one more thing we wanted to mention. Whatever could it have been? OH YES! Who in their right minds doesn’t wear a helmet when riding a young horse?! Especially one just started under saddle?! Forget any attitude issues (bucking, etc.); what if he trips!? Young horses, especially ones this underdeveloped, are not balanced. They’re more likely to lean around corners and also to misstep because they’re still learning where their feet go! You know what, never mind. We hope you do fall. Maybe that way this guy will actually get some time to grow before his next ride, so that all these things are no longer issues.