Alrighty, let me begin be explaining my situation. I work for an older endurance rider, and he bought a 20 month old egyptian arabian mare for me back in november (ish). So months go by, and I work with the mare, she's quiet on the ground, almost unflappable, indepentent, and sweet. She takes a small, light saddle, and will accept a bit. I am currently teaching her to stop/steer via the bit from the ground. (she is in a loose ring french link snaffle)
my boss owns the horse, but he will not sell her to anyone but myself. Im not sure if many of you will understand our set up. He purchases horses for his workers to train and -eventually- do endurance racing with, and after that, the horse is often purchased from my boss for the original price. Its not like im training to sell, you know what I mean? Its just easier to have him own her, pay the expensices, and I just work off my debt.
Anyway, I was feeding her the other day, and my boss comes in and he and I where chatting. He was talking about the training I have done with her, and I tell him all she has acomplished. Tarps, bells, walks on the trail. (short and on flat land), cars, ect. He wants me to start riding her. Mind you that now she is 2 years and 3 months old.
Now he wants me to do just walking, nothing to hard. Just walking in the round pen, stoping, turning ect. I am 5'4'' and about 123lb, she is 2 years and 3 months old, and is about 14.1/14.2 hands.
I don't want to hurt her, or cause serious damage to her. What do you suggest I do? Can this cause serious damage that will plauge her -and i- with vet visits? Thank you all for your imput.