Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Central Hill Country Texas
^^^^Not to stir the puddin' but....We have a Caspian x QH about 12.hh.He was broke but needed a refresher and some additional rides before I felt comfortable putting my daughter on him.
I talked to the vet about how much weight he could safely carry without doing damage.
He said that at 800 lbs (he is quite stocky), he could carry, 160 lbs at full tack.So 180 -20saddle -120 rider put us at 140 so within the safe zone for me to ride him even after a bowl of ice cream…….
HOWEVER, he added that because of the horse’s young age (2.5yo) and the fact that the spine and leg growth plates were still not fused, if I was going to do more than a walk for a short time, he suggested that I find a rider that weighed no more than 100 lbs fully tacked, 12% of his weight.
He also suggested waiting at least two more years, preferably 3, before I got on him for anything more than a short hack and no hard riding by me (or someone my weight) until he was about 7 which is when the spine would be mature.
So from the veterinary advice I got, it would seem you are both correct.
“You spend your whole life with horses and just about the time you think you have them figured out, a horse comes along that tells you otherwise.” –quote from my very wizened trainer