I am new to the forum. Heres my story.
I used to ride when I was 14-16yrs old. Back then I was under 200lbs obviously and able to ride anything. Once I got into high school and my friend stopped boarding her horse at the barn we went to, things died down and I didnt ride after that.
Its been 13+ years and I am married now and have a 6 yr old little girl. We just recently moved onto 16 acres with a 100x50 ft barn with 7 stalls in it. Its always been my dream to get back into the horses. I recently bought my daughter a small pony that is GREAT! He has been wonderful for her and we are starting 4H with them together.
Throughout all this I have been dying to get back on a horse. Problem is, I am now considered a LARGE rider. I am too big to ride an average quarter horse or any other "normal size" horse.
Before I get people telling me to lose weight and yada yada---I want advice about the horse, not advice telling me to lose weight. I saw a forum post once on a diff forum and people totally ripped on this woman because he husband was 350lbs and wanted to learn to ride.
The horse I have found is a 14 yr old Belgian Quarter Horse. 17Hands bout 1800lbs. I met him today for the first time. He is beautiful. I have to say I was extremely intimidated. Kind of shakey in the knees about it, I got up on the back of a 4wheeler and climbed on him (took me about 20 minutes to convince myself that I could do it). It felt "right" but being that he is so large I really want to know PROS and CONS of this type of horse. I have been learning a lot with the pony, but that's like childs play compared to a big horse like this.
Is someone more or less likely to fall off such a large horse? Is there anything I need to know about owning a larger horse other than a normal size horse. Other than the obvious costs of feeding, costs of tack.
Are vet bills MORE on a bigger horse simply because of the size?
Is there a health problem associated with these types of horses?
See where im going---I am just looking for any input on this horse.
OH OH OH---AND---does anyone know of any super great websites to buy draft horse stuff and does anyone know where I can buy a MOUNTING RAMP that can be tall enough for someone 5'4 to mount a 17H horse.
I appreciate all the help and look forward to meeting you all!