Originally Posted by Army wife
I didn't put a saddle on my filly till she was 2 1/2. She'll be 3 in May, so I started doing my research on when growth plates fuse. Apparently, it's commonly believed that horses develop at different rates. Based on whatever...breed, size etc. That has been proven FALSE!! All horses develop at the same speed regardless, except for their backs. I would wait on your horse, it won't hurt him. I might consider light riding at 2 1/2...being 15 min rides at a walk and a small amount of trot. Then let him sit for a while.
Yup, commonly held belief but incorrect. I think people might have got confused at some point between physical and mental maturity - certainly some breeds and some horses are mentally ready for training sooner than others, but their joints all fuse at roughly the same time.
I'd not back a horse til it was 3 myself, there's so much time in a horse's life it makes little sense to rush them. And there's heaps else that you can perfect on the ground that so many horses don't have down pat (to their owner's frustration) like loading, spending time away from the herd, ground tying, picking up feet politely and other stuff that those of us who have adult horses would have loved their original trainer to put in before they weighed 550kg... Posted via Mobile Device