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post #1 of 16 Old 11-15-2007, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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Which breed for a big man

I am 6'3" and I weigh about 350 lbs. I have ridden a few times many years ago and I am considering riding much more with the new availability of land to ride on. My concern is my size I don't want to overload the wrong horse. I will be mostly trail riding in Florida and I'm sure I need a big strong horse and I have no idea what to consider. Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 16 Old 11-15-2007, 07:28 PM
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I used to have a magazine that had basicly this same information in it but I can't seem to find it. This is very good information I hope it helps.

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post #3 of 16 Old 11-16-2007, 07:19 AM
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Hello welcome bk to the horsey world!

What kind of horse did you use to ride? I think Vidaloco's article is a good one. (Hi Vidaloco ) I'm 5'7" and I feel I look strange on anything smaller than 16.2hh. Mind you a lot of people would disagree. I wounldn't put you on anything smaller than 17hh, & 900kg. Not if you are going to be riding it permanatly. Some sort of heavy breed, and they are becoming more versital in looks, can get more leaner eligent looking types now, while still keeping the strenght. I would give this advise to all new buyers, do some reading on conformation it will help you no end. Personally I love heavier breeds! The bigger the better! They are beautiful and usually have wonderful temperaments.
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post #4 of 16 Old 11-16-2007, 07:41 AM
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If I could have 1 more horse it would be a Friesian. The older style was bred to carry a man in armor, check them out.

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post #5 of 16 Old 11-16-2007, 06:32 PM
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I would say a Clydesdale, Fresian, or Belgian. They all are BIG, gentle giants. Clydesdales are big horses that can carry almost any weight (Budweiser Clydesdales Rock!)! Fresians are a little smaller and lighter and may not be the best choice but they are definately the most beautiful. Belgians would probably be the best. They are smaller then most drafts but twice as heavy and sturdy, they could litterly carry about 600 pounds or more! Check out more if you search Belgian Pulling Competitions!
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post #6 of 16 Old 11-22-2007, 01:13 AM
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i would say a Quarter horse, blegian or maybe if you looking for somethin short a haflinger!!
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post #7 of 16 Old 11-22-2007, 11:54 AM
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i would say maybe a qh belgian/percheron cross would be best.
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post #8 of 16 Old 11-22-2007, 10:39 PM
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post #9 of 16 Old 11-22-2007, 11:32 PM
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stock horses are great for carrying weight
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post #10 of 16 Old 11-23-2007, 01:55 AM
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I wouldn't say warmblood, there are too many that don't have a good temperment for pleasure riding (even though I had one) they aren't as good as a stock or draft cross in this situation.

I would suggest a stock and draft cross, probably over 16 hands, with a strong back, good confirmation and large, strong feet, and a lot of bone. You could even consider looking at larger pack horses, or maybe a draft type mule.

Something like this:
16.1 morgan percheron

15.2 paint percheron

16.2 draft mule
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