Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Southern California
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I have no hands on experience with that cross, but believe that regardless of breed, 2 years old is too soon to start riding them. They are still just babies. You have many years to work with him under saddle, so why rush things and risk the physical and/or psychological damage? I would not even sit on a 2 year old, but maybe that is just me (though I know many others will agree). I currently own a 3 year old TB, and the only reason I ride him is because he is an OTTB and has already been under saddle (unfortunately). Even at that, I am taking things slow with him. We are working on walking and trotting under saddle to work on relaxing, bending, contact, etc. Once his trot is better, we will go back to the canter. He will be 4 years old in February and I am not even thinking of having him go over any type of fence until then, and at that, I am talking small crossrails once in a while. I know of somebody who has a 4 year old jumping over 3 feet on a consistent basis, which I don't agree with. At a young age, give the horse a chance to be exactly that... a horse.
Also, yes, you may be light in weight, but balance is also an issue. A 2 year old needs to work on balancing themself, and not having to worry about balancing an extra 110 pounds in which they have no control over the movement of that extra weight.