I NEED TO FIND A GOOD HOME FOR MY 2 YEARS OLD HORSE!
HE IS A GREAT HORSE!
HE WILL BE A GREAT HORSE FOR KIDS!
HE WAS TRAINED BUT JUST DOESNT GET RIDDEN SO HE WILL NEED SOME TUNING!
NEED TO FIND A GOOD HOME !
Wait, WTF? Let’s break this down.
The horse is two now. Most horses are born in the spring. Presuming the best of the owner, let’s say the colt probably turned two in March, the earliest that it’s really likely anything but a racing Thoroughbred was born. If he was trained but doesn’t get ridden anymore and now needs tuning up, that means he’s probably not been ridden in at least two months. And for even an idiot to consider him “trained,” not “started,” he’d probably need at least 60 days under saddle. So even thinking magnanimously, we’re looking at a horse who likely was ridden before he turned two.
For the non-equestrians in the audience, horses’ joints don’t mature fully until at least age four. You can start a horse at two if you absolutely must, preferably with a vet’s approval. Some racehorses are started as “long yearlings” (almost two) with a very light rider, and they aren’t expected to stay sound for more than at most a couple years of racing. But from that dished face (see below) this horse looks like he might be part Arabian–a breed that most experienced trainers won’t start under saddle until at least age three.
Bottom line: Not only is this an immature horse with very little training being advertised as a horse for children, but he’s also been ridden at such a young age that it’s likely he will not remain sound for riding for very long, if he’s even sound now. He also looks slightly underweight.
Congratulations, anonymous Craigslist poster. I’m sure that whoever eventually eats your horses’s flesh after he’s auctioned off to a kill buyer is very glad that someone (probably you) bred this poorly built horse, rode the poor thing as a yearling, and then you sold it to some poor sap who thought a two year old (probably intact) colt would be safe for their kids. I just hope that a child isn’t seriously injured or killed along the way.