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        05-31-2010, 02:00 PM
    Originally Posted by dee    
    I don't dare! My daughter rides her very lightly - just a little light trail riding. The mare hadn't been ridden in a very long time before we got her - nearly two years. She pitched a bucking fit when the previous owner got on her, but has never given us any trouble. I've been on her a couple of times, just to sit. The problem is, I'm a short, VERY FAT old lady. I weighed nearly 300 when we first got Dancer. I'm down to about 255 now, but I'm afraid I'm still much too heavy for her, or pretty much any horse. Still working on it.

    I'm really jealous that the daughter can ride her. One thing the previous owner didn't mention about the mare, and it's a pretty important detail IMHO, but Dancer single foots. When she hits that stride, she just floats along. Daughter says it's even more comfortable than her own mare's gaits, and daughter's horse is a Paso Fino. Go figure.
    As a very tall slightly overwieght man I can tell you that she will not have a problem handling your wieght. You'll be fine.
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        05-31-2010, 03:53 PM
    Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
    As a very tall slightly overwieght man I can tell you that she will not have a problem handling your wieght. You'll be fine.
    That's what a lot of people keep telling me, then along comes someone pitching a fit because I'm so fat I have no business riding a horse at all - and I climb off in a hurry. I'm just scared to death I'm going to hurt her. The few times I've sat on her she didn't seem bothered - didn't shift around or fidget like she was uncomfortable.

    Finding the right saddle has been a challenge, too. I finally found one I thought would fit my fat backside, only to find it was too big for the mare - 8" gullet - she's fairly stout, but no draft horse. Thought I was back to square one, till I tried my husband's saddle again. Hadn't used it but once a little over a year and 45 pounds ago. It's still a tad snug for me, but it fits Dancer just fine. It's a 17" saddle. I'm debating looking for an 18", or just another 17".

    By the time I make up my mind, the foal will probably be on the ground. I may try plunking around in the paddock a bit after a couple of months...maybe. Until and unless someone else comes along pitching a hissy fit about my size again...
        05-31-2010, 04:23 PM
    If someone pitches a fit, just tell them that if they don't like it, they can look the other way. You are absolutely not to big to ride a horse, especially one as sturdy as your mare. If she thought you were too heavy, she would have let you know and you would be able to tell pretty easily. And trust me, you won't hurt her. She is a nice solid little horse and should be able to carry you and your daughter both with no trouble.

    As for the saddle, I would probably look for something that was comfortable for you, regardless of the size. However, if you aren't planning to ride for a while, you might go ahead and get a 17", it might be a little more motivation to keep doing the wonderful job you are at dropping the weight. In all honesty, you should be able to ride her within just a few weeks of when she foals. You can start out in the paddock with the foal loose and after the foal learns to lead really well, you can pony the baby out on the trail. That is hard to do for people like me and Kevin that need working horses but for someone who is just interested in riding for the fun of riding, that would be fine. You would just have to be careful about strange horses getting close and not going too far or too fast for the little one though.

    EDIT: I nearly forgot about the first post LOL. I did the color calculator thing with all the information available to me and this is what it came up with.
    24.61% -
    Bay Tobiano
    24.61% -
    Bay Dun Tobiano
    8.20% -
    Grullo Tobiano
    8.20% -
    Black Tobiano
    8.20% -
    Bay Dun
    8.20% -
    4.69% -
    Red Dun Tobiano
    4.69% -
    Chestnut Tobiano
    2.73% -
    2.73% -
    1.56% -
    Red Dun
    1.56% -
        05-31-2010, 04:42 PM
    Thanks Smrobs. It's nice to hear I'm not too big to ride. I can't figure out how people tell me Dancer can carry me, though. I guess her pic in my avatar tells more about her than I thought?

    We are really getting curios about the color of the foal. My older daughter is going to take it for herself. She and her hubby are already working on building a little barn and weanling safe fence. She is threatening to buy a horse just to put in the paddock with the weanling for company when they first bring it home. At least I won't have to worry about weaning, and the stupid son in law has no say in how I choose to do it. He left a colt on the mare until the colt was over a year old and the mare looked like a walking scarecrow. He thinks the colt needs to stay with Mom for at least a full year.

    I'm thinking once the little thing is eating well on it's own it's time to wean. I don't want mama pulled down. Six months should be more than enough. I think... Guess I'll have to wait and see.
        05-31-2010, 04:49 PM
    Yep, that pic is pretty telling, we can see that she has good bone and nice width and that right there would carry anything .
        05-31-2010, 05:02 PM
    Smrobs - you just made my day! (any time someone says something nice about my horse, it's a good day!) Her confirmation isn't great, but as stated earlier, she's not nearly as jugheaded as that pic would makes her look.

    Oldest daughter is hoping that the foal gets the good parts of her confirmation and the good parts of the sire's. He has decent bone structure and a much prettier head than Dancer. He has a really good temperment - especially for a stallion. If he weren't gelding agressive, you'd never realize he was a stud without looking. Once he's gelded (and he will be, trust me) he would make a great riding horse. Nothing spooks him. He'd even be a good kids horse with some miles on him, if he weren't so dang big. (16hh or better.)

    I just hope the foal doesn't turn out small and scrawny like the stallion's other foals. Stupid son in law has a two year old out of him that looks more like a yearling - he eats like a pig but is really skinny and bony. He's only about 12 - 13 hh, but he has a really pretty head. That's the only thing I can really see that's good about him. And yeah, this is the same colt that was left on the dam until he was over a year old.
        05-31-2010, 05:12 PM
    Maybe you'll get lucky like I did. Bessie has less than good conformation and her head is the definition of FUGLY. I was so worried that Rafe would be born and grow up ugly like she is but he must have gotten some of it from his dad.

    I am willing to bet that your baby will be much better looking than that one simply cause you will keep mom and baby healthy. I personally prefer to leave babies for a little longer with mom but I am not set on a particular timeline. If mom is going downhill, then get the baby off them but if both are healthy, just do it whenever. I didn't wean Rafe until he was about 9 months (mainly cause I didn't have a secure place to keep him) and he's none the worse for wear.
        05-31-2010, 05:20 PM
    My timeline was just a "guesstimate." It will depend on a lot of things, mostly on how mom and baby are doing. Nine months isn't much longer than I had anticipated. It may work out better anyway, because it will put baby ready to wean and move to the other daughter's next spring. Although hay isn't a problem (we raise our own), it would minimize the amount she would have to put out at first.

    That baby is going to be so spoiled it's not even funny...Dancer is already rotten.
        05-31-2010, 05:27 PM
    LOL, I know the feeling. Rafe is such a rotten little apple it isn't funny (though it really is LOL). Just remember that you can spoil a baby without having them become disrespectful, just make sure you spoil them on your terms, not theirs. And enjoy the little darling. I expect pictures the instant that he/she is born.
        05-31-2010, 07:47 PM
    Green Broke
    Girl, you need to relax and ignore the masses! I have a 14.3hh ARABIAN and I am 200lbs! And I guaran-friggin-tee you she could not only carry you with ease, she'd give you hell for a good 20 miles to boot! Your mare is MORE then capable of carrying your weight. She's a big sturdy girl, the exact type of horse built for carrying heavier people. Do you ever stop and think that MOST cowboys are over 200lbs? And they ride little Quarter Horses! The short, thick and sturdy horses are the very best for carrying heavier people!

    You're probably in my boat where you may want to think twice about trying to jump a 3'0" course without getting into better shape (for both the sake of your horse AND yourself!), but riding her around the yard isn't going to harm her a bit!

    And on that note, I saw TWO men competing in a jumping competition this weekend, and they were DEFINITELY over 250 pounds - I'd bank money on the one being closer to 300. Just because they're riding 16hh Warmbloods does not make it any different - these animals are leaping 3'0" + obstacles on a daily basis, and they're LESS built to take weight then your mare is!

    And COLOSSAL kudos on losing so much weight already! I start a 13 week weight loss challange tomorrow, my goal is to shed 30lbs by my sisters wedding and my birthday at the end of August!

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