Mozzie Man will officially be two in April.
It is amazing how the time flies, and even though I can't wait to get on him I am waiting until he 3. And even then he will be started very lightly and not ridden a lot until his 4th year.
I am waiting because of research like this:
Timing and Rate of Skeletal Maturation in Horses
Looking at Moz and the horses offered for sale I see gangly awkward tweenagers.
And that is what they are.
Starting a 2 year old is like expecting a 12 year old to play college level football.
At 2 years of age very little of a horse's skeleton is mature and by waiting 1 extra year over 50% of the skeleton and joints will be mature.
Considering that I've already spent 3 years growing him up (in the womb, and on the ground) it seems silly to not wait just a little while longer for a horse that I hope to have, enjoy, and be physically sound the next 25+ years.
If more people were willing to take the time and just wait one extra year I think the world would have a lot more sound (without supplementation and medical intervention) horses at 6, 12, 20, and 25 years of age.