Originally Posted by Kyani
I'd advise you to rethink sitting on this horse until she is AT LEAST 3 years old. I know it is common practice in the US to back much earlier, but it is genrally accepted here that it is harmful to expect a horse to carry a rider under 3yrs or to do any serious riding before it is 4yrs (jumping, if desired, usually comes at 5 yrs if the horse is brought on at a decent pace).
It is not her legs you will be doing the most damage to, but her spine. The vertebrae are some of the last bones in the body to fuse.
you can ride ur horse if its 2 yrs old its depends on how ur horse has developed if its all tanky and muscular and you no that it can hold you no probs then y not strat slow training, im not talkin about ful work or hour rides just basic things to get ur horse use to everything.
It all depends on ur horses development in not sayin that she should ride her horse now, not at 16 mth but I can see that this horse is already muscular and tanky and I don't see any harm in puttin a saddle on her with her 3 yr old daughter that weight what 13.
As I said its depends on the horses development.