Cutting prospect Melting Snow was one of two 2-year-olds that sold for $280,000 in 2015. The Metallic Cat daughter, pictured with Hayden Upton, is a full or half-sister to four money-earners. • Photo by Stacy Pigott
Sale 2-year-olds, whether started under saddle or not, have the potential to give buyers a quicker return on investment than sale yearlings. Those that are previewed under saddle offer a glimpse of what their future potential in the show pen might be. Because of that, fewer 2-year-olds go through public auction than yearlings. In 2015, 462 2-year-olds went though sales rings at the major cutting, reining and reined cow horse sales, compared to 1,008 yearlings. But they were also more expensive overall than their younger counterparts.