[quote="Cheval"]Yeah, your not too big to ride. But something says that the rider should be no more than 20% of a horses weight.
Measurement Test |
1. Add up the total weight of the horse, rider and tack. (See TGH Summer 1998, page 37.)
Our example: Damascus, Lady + tack = 1188 pounds.
2. Measure the circumference of the cannon bone midway between the knee and fetlock.
Our example: Damascus, 7.5 inches.
3. Divide this total weight by the circumference.
Our example: 1188 ÷ 7.5 = 158.4
3. Divide the result by two.
Our example: 158.4 ÷ 2 = 79.2
Values near 75 are great, below 75, even better. Values from 75/80 are acceptable. Values over 80 indicate weaker legs and a need to train carefully, especially downhill. Values over 85 suggest you need a horse with more substance.
Damascus rates near the end of the acceptable range, but should still be able to carry Lady in style, comfortably.
I don't know if that helps, but I hope it does. I'm not saying your heavy, because your not. It's just kind of for everyone.
Anyway, breeds would be like Drafts, Draft crosses (IE: Drafts x TBs make great foxhunting/eventing horses), and possibly mules would be great to look into.
But if your showing the horse, remember that most people think that you should look good on a horse. What I mean is that a 5"9' person wouldn't look good riding a 13hh pony!