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    06-28-2010, 02:24 PM
Originally Posted by smrobs    
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% -


Little filly does not have any white on her that I have seen, so she's not a paint/tobiano. She's brown with a black mane and tail, but around her eyes and muzzle, she's grayish, leaving me to believe she may have defied the odds and be a grulla? I'll post pics tonight...
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    07-27-2010, 07:16 PM
Never saw any pics of her?? :)

Anyways, she can definitely carry you. I was at 255 at one point and riding 15hh QH's and many others. As long as a horse is in good nutrition and shape they'll be okay. My 14.3hh QH now is my main riding horse. I'm not only 215 though. I think a major portion of things though is balance. The better balanced you are the more comfortable the horse is.
    07-27-2010, 07:40 PM
Originally Posted by mliponoga    
Never saw any pics of her?? :)

She's my avatar. Dancer isn't really rideable at the moment - she foaled 06/28/10 - a beautiful bay filly. And the last few days she's developed a bit of a limp, so we are watching her to see if it gets any worse. Hopefully, she just twisted something when she forgot her age and was playing with her baby.

However - in another month or so (if the limp clears up), I'm determined to throw a saddle on her...
    07-29-2010, 01:46 AM
I am very sure your horse could carry you as well! I have a little 14.2 PH mare and I am 200 lbs and she has held more! My dad was close to 300 at one point and although I wouldn't put him on my mare because I wouldn't trust him, he rode some of our horses around. Horses can hold about 1/3 of there weight is what I ahve heard (don't quote me on that) but I have heard it al ot.
    07-29-2010, 07:50 PM
Here's what I found on weight...

When asking the question, "how much weight can a horse carry?" you often hear a response similar to "it depends on the breed of the horse, its conditioning and conformation, how far and how long you will be traveling, the horse's bone structure, the type of weight the horse will carry (for example live [rider] or dead weight [gear]), weight distribution" and so on. So with this sound advice from your fellow horsemen, surely you now have a much better idea of how much weight your horse can carry. No? Of course not. Though your colleagues are correct in stating all the above factors, you are still left in the dark without any guideline on how much weight a horse can carry. Can my horse only carry 80 pounds, or is he capable of carrying 300 pounds?

Fortunately some very smart horsemen over the years have come up with a few methods for us to calculate a starting point to help determine how much weight a horse can carry. One very simple guide is to take the horse's weight and divide by six to give you the total weight, including rider and tack, the horse can carry. Given this, a 1200 pound horse could carry up to 200 pounds.

Another quick and popular method is to use the 20% rule. You take 20% of your horse's body weight and the result is the amount of total weight your horse can carry. For example, a 1,000 pound horse should easily carry 200 pounds of rider and tack. The 20% rule typically applies to competitive or otherwise "hard" riding. For pleasure riding, many use a 30% rule, so this 1,000 pound horse could carry 300 pounds for shorter pleasure rides.

Measuring a horse's cannon bone is used by some in determining the approximate weight a horse can carry. A measurement is taken around the circumference of the foreleg, just below the knee. Add together the weight of the horse plus the rider and tack, and divide this sum by the cannon bone circumference measurement. Then divide that result by two. A number between 75 and 85 is good. If the number is over 85, you probably need a larger horse. Using this method, I measure the circumference of the horse's cannon bone and get 7.5 inches. The body weight of the horse is 1,150 pounds and the rider and gear weigh 235 pounds for a total combined weight of 1,350 pounds. Divide 1,350 (total combined weight) by 7.5 (cannon bone) and I get roughly 185. Divide 185 in half and my final resulting number is 93. Using this calculating method, I either need to lighten my gear or get a larger horse to get the number down to around 85.

Some horse and rider guidelines where carrying weight is concerned:

Pick a horse with bigger cannon bones, wider loins, shorter back

Avoid using heaving saddles and only carry necessary gear

Make sure the horse is conditioned for the type of riding you doing

Keep proper riding posture and balance

Give the horse a break on longer rides - get off a while and let your horse rest

Avoid riding in areas where footing is not desirable - such as mud, deep sand, asphalt

Avoid letting the horse trot or canter
The maximum weight a horse can safely carry does vary by the breed of the horse and how hard it's worked. There is no absolute rule about how much weight a horse can carry, but generally speaking the lighter-framed the horse the less he can carry. A well conditioned horse or a stout horse can generally carry more. Some breeds are bred to carry heavier weights like the Quarter Horse, Arabian or Icelandic Pony. Riders with good balance also make weight load less of a problem.

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