I rode horses with my cousins two days ago and we had fun, but we had to quit riding early and put my two horses up for reasons I'll not divulge.
We kept my uncle's mare Buttercup out and my cousin Whitney went and got ''her'' one and a half year old filly Nugget (the filly isn't really hers, but she's claimed her as hers and my uncle has said that the filly is considered hers). Nugget is only about twenty months old... she'll be two years old in May.
We played around with Nugget and Buttercup for a bit and Whitney picked up Nuggets hooves and led her around for a bit. We were all getting ready to put the horses back up when my uncle David came by and saw that we had Nugget out. He decided to stop by and ''help''.
He put a saddle on Nugget and a bridle and had Whitney get up on her and led them around for a bit, then he gave Whitney the reins and had her make Nugget ride up and down the road for a while. We measured Nugget's weight the other day and it came up as barely making it above 650 lbs... Whitney weighs around 80 lbs... and the saddle was fairly heavy. Nugget is extremely small, too. She's a Racking Horse /x/ Quarter horse and is only about 13.2 hands (if that). Her dam is barely 14.1 hands.
Nugget's very fine boned and is just teensy... It made me mad that they were riding her with her being so small... but I couldn't say anything because she's not my horse and they wouldn't listen anyway. Whitney has, in the past, asked me to help her train Nugget when she gets old enough, but I was planning on waiting until she was closer to three or possibly even four before starting much because she's so little.
Sorry, it just annoys me that they're messing Nugget up so early...