Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
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Unless a stock horse is pushed for maximum growth/maturity, as in ah alter horse, they do not reach final growth until,age 5, which is fine, and better than being pushed, but there is a balance
A young growing horse needs enough protein, minerals and movement, in order to build strong bones, joints and well developed hooves
Weight alone means nothing. look at the general components that demonstrate a healthy horse, which includes how that weight is distributed, whether it consists of just fat or muscle, tendon , joint and bone health
Think of building a body, versus just a maintaining it.
One of the worst things you can do for a young growing horse, is to confine it, and not allow it to play and run with it';s peers in age
Dr Robert Bowker did extensive research on hoof health , with a great deal of focus on the back of the foot. Young horses that are confined, have lack of development of the back of the foot, with digital cushion being in a maturation arrest, along with under developed lateral cartilages. This in turn sets the stage for future problems like navicular syndrome
It is not so much the size and weight of that horse, compared to you, but rather how sound that structure is.
There are many examples of ponies, with basic good body structure and bones, carrying full sized adult riders without a problem. Iclantic horses are a good example