Well I have been around horses my whole life. My riding level would be about intermediate. I would like to ride in cross country and or show in dressage. I am about 5'5'' and weight 240 pounds but hopefully going down. I am 16 so I want a horse I can kiknd of grow with.
Hi Crosscountry. I don't know a lot about dressage because I ride western, but I do know that my Morab, 15.1 hands, has no trouble carrying me, AND a vintage western saddle about 35lbs and I just dropped 20 lbs down to 200. Actually in 3 years I've only once ever worked up a sweat on her, and it was a freakish hot day here in VT. With very high humidity on Easter. She would have been sweating standing still, as we all were. If I were you I'd find a horse I liked, 5 or older so they have their full growth, and that appear to have the ability to do dressage. I don't think there's a specific breed of horse considered a dressage horse is there? Just try and make sure their conformation is as correct as possible for the breed. If they have bad legs or feet it's not going to matter if you are 90 lbs soaking wet, they won't make you a good horse. How 'bout posting us some pictures on here of the horses you look at? That would be fun for us I think. Cheryl
Do you have a trainer/instructor you work with? It might be best to discuss with them that you are wanting a horse so they can help you find something that fits you and will do what you want it to do safely.
No, often horses can show in either, the same horse. I didn't read we were in the draft section, LOL or I would've suggested a draft, but not because of your weight. I have a friend with a black Percheron Mare that has some beautiful moves. My horse just for some reason has touchy withers and since English saddles lay flat on their withers, she has a fit at the canter. And where are your pics? Would love to see them.