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  • Horse "recommendations" for heavy riders
  • How large a horse should a 6'2" 220lb. ridr

 
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    01-28-2008, 12:14 AM
  #1
Foal
Any recommendations?

I'm a bit of a tall boy. I'm about 6'2" and around 220lbs.
So far no one that I've talked to has had any recommendations other than. "Don't ride your too heavy for a horse." Killing my hopes.
Anyone have any recommendations as to a couple of breeds to look into?
Thanks for your time.
     
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    01-28-2008, 01:06 AM
  #2
Trained
I would like into breeds like shires, clydesdales etc you certainly arent too heavy to ride horses you just need to find one that will hold a little extra weight. There is a calculator for figuring out what kind of horse would be good for you but im not sure where to find it. Someone else might be able to help you there :)
     
    01-28-2008, 01:18 AM
  #3
Foal
^^ Yes, definitely you are not too big to ride... you just need a bigger horse like a Shire that was mentioned earlier.
     
    01-28-2008, 09:12 AM
  #4
Showing
What a bunch of horse pucky You are not to big to ride I say go for your dream. When looking for a horse you should pay attention to the horses size and conformation. Here is a good article on how much a horse can carry. http://ezinearticles.com/?How-Much-W...rry?&id=341252
     
    01-28-2008, 11:07 AM
  #5
Showing
You're hardly too big to ride. Get a stocky QH, a draft breed (Clydesdale, Clyde cross, Shire, etc.. like everyone else is saying) or a bigger Warmblood.
Go ride! Enjoy!
     
    01-28-2008, 04:23 PM
  #6
Weanling
Haha like said before you are definitely not too big to ride. I say just about any stockyish horse above 15hh will hold you. Go for your dreams like said before
     
    01-29-2008, 08:28 PM
  #7
Weanling
It cracks me up anytime someone posts that they are above 200 lbs.mostly everyone else on this site thinks that the only horse that can hold them is a heavy draft, clydesdale, etc. My husband is in that range and rides the most wonderful Missouri Fox Trotter with no problem. He also rides my Paint/Paso mix who is much smaller with no problems. It's all about what the horse can handle and his build. Now, don't get me wrong, my Paint/paso could not handle him for an endurance ride, but he has been fine on trails for a couple of hours with no soreness at all.

It really depends on what you are looking for in a horse. There are some great Quarter Horses out there that can do the job, as well as, Morgans, Fox Trotters, Kentucky Mountain horse, etc. You just need to look at the horse's build and conditioning.

Hope this helps!
     
    01-29-2008, 08:39 PM
  #8
Foal
You are definilty not to big to ride.I've seen some bigger people ride and their horses do just fine.you just need to find the right size horse I would think a qh would be fine i've also seen some bigger people on some pretty big apps.
     
    01-29-2008, 09:56 PM
  #9
Weanling
Yeah, your not too big to ride. But something says that the rider should be no more than 20% of a horses weight.

Quote:
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![/quote]
     
    01-29-2008, 09:56 PM
  #10
Weanling
[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.

Quote:
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!
     

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