Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Central Missouri
You are less likely to hurt him while he is underweight. Remember the weight the horse carries on it's back is the sum of your weight, plus his main body weight. If you want to ride him for 30 to 40 minutes per day, I'd keep him thin and do a lot of conditioning in a straight line. Avoid, sharp turns and steep climbs and/ steep down hills. Avoid the slow doggie walking, that's harder on them than a brisk walk. The trot is the toughest on them, more so than the canter. Nothing wrong with a slow canter for a few minutes. Trot very little.
And that's very mild compared to what the race horses do, and a lot of others.
I don't agree with a lot of riding as a 2 yr old, but they can do just fine, as long as you don't over do it, and/or get them obese. The fatter they are the older they need to be.