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post #1 of 8 Old 02-05-2011, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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Hubby wants to ride!

Ok, this is a bit of a weird question..
My husband wants to start taking lessons - he's really only interested in learning the basics (as he puts it, "balance and posture and stop and go and different speeds," hehe). I could probably teach these things to him but those of you who are married will probably understand the appeal of leaving it to the professionals! I'm an English rider 99% of the time (actually converted from western) so the barns I'm looking at focus on English disciplines. He's fine with that and is actually interested in learning English- and I think it will be awesome to actually be able to talk to him about riding without having to explain the differences and whatnot. The thing is, he's a big guy (6'2" and maybe ~ 270?). Has anyone actually.. Well.. SEEN a guy that big ride English? He's built like a football player (he was one) with no bum and lots of shoulder. I'm just wondering if he'd be more comfortable in a western saddle? I dunno.. Input anyone?
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post #2 of 8 Old 02-05-2011, 07:43 PM
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Yes, I have, just not very often!!

He may be more comfortable in a Western saddle, especially if he just wants to just be able to master the basics.

How about he tries both English and Western and see which one he gets on better with??
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post #3 of 8 Old 02-05-2011, 07:53 PM
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Hi Cali,
My husband said the same thing this summer, so he bought some basics and took a lesson a week for about 2 months. He learned what he wanted to and now has a whole new appreciation for riding :) He didn't have the same size issues as your man though, (he's 6' 170lbs) so I'm not sure what to say about that. The Western saddle will most likely make him feel more secure, but the horses tend to be a little taller in kind of a catch 22 there. Guess it's really up to him and what his goals are. If he just wants to be competent, Western may be the way to go, just because that's more common in 'casual riding' like trail rides etc. Either way, congrats on having an enthusiastic and adventurous hubby!! <3
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Thank you both!
I'm taking him along to check out a hunter/jumper barn tomorrow (something new for me!) and I'm going to look for a nice western barn as well so he can have his pick. We went to the tack store today and he even sat in a few English saddles, how cute is that! I am very fortunate to have found a supportive guy.
MicKey, which discipline did your husband take lessons in? :)
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270 is a lot of weight when distributed thru English panels. There is a reasonable sounding article here:

Lorien Stable - Carrying Weight and Distribution

If it is correct, the PSI of an English saddle is 1.5-2 times that of a Western saddle, so your husband in a western saddle would give equivalent pressure to having a 150-175 lb rider in an English. I weight 170, and I'm not a good rider, and my horses do NOT like my doing a sitting trot in an English saddle. They are OK with posting in an English or sitting in a western saddle.
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Bsms- this is good to know! Thanks for that link. We will definitely take that into consideration.
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post #7 of 8 Old 02-06-2011, 01:55 AM
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MicKey, which discipline did your husband take lessons in? :)
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He rode English and I think wanted to learn how to jump, but never quite got there. Our training is a stickler for clothing and won't let anyone ride in jeans, so he had to figure out how to get non-skintight pants (easier said than done ) He ended up in polo jeans, and if I do say so myself... YUM!!!
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post #8 of 8 Old 02-06-2011, 07:53 PM
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My other half is 6'4" and probably almost the same build as your husband. He wants to learn to ride but Western only.

The thing is, whatever your husband chooses, be it English or Western, the most important thing that the horse is up for carrying the weight.

Generally speaking, a horse can carry 20% of it's body weight. So for a horse to carry 270lbs plus tack, you'd need to look at a 1400 lb horse.
Having said all that, breeding, conformation and fitness count for a lot too and you put a heavy person on a horse who is a light rider so I am sure that you'll find a horse pretty easily!
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