I'm fat, 5'3" and about 250 pounds. I quit riding because I felt guilty at 240 sitting on a horse. Plus at my weight posting was exhausting. I promised to lose weight before I rode again I miss riding though. I've thought of doing trail riding on a western saddle since those saddles spread the weight out more and I wouldn't have to post. Are their any specific breeds that would be okay for me to ride. My highest weight was about 270 and I'm currently around 250 so I am working on myself but in the meantime I miss riding.
Have you looked in to slightly heavier breeds, or crosses?
I can't give you any info about a western saddle as I ride english; it's always important to make sure you get a saddle that naturally fits your horse, but fits you too for comfort and weight distribution.
A lot of time it is not only weight, but how people ride. If you are a heavier beginner rider you may unintentionally hurt your horses' back, where as if you have more experience you can balace yourself better.
My advice would be to post in some of the weight loss threads on here, if that is your ultimate goal! Everyone supports each other, and I am sure they will be more than happy to help you find a suitable horse and breed and saddle etc :)
Welcome to the forum! Alot of western saddles can be on the heavy side, but there are those that are very light. I'm 5'6" and sometimes it's a pain to set one of my western saddles on my horse and she's only 14.2. So I can imagine it would be a pain for someone 5'3" also! Hope you get back in the saddle soon.
Welcome to the forum! Congratulations on working towards your goal Look for a short backed, stock type horse. I use a Wintec synthetic western saddle, weighs less than 20lbs. Riding is excellent exercise! Posted via Mobile Device
I don't imagine you'd want a taller draft cross being as short as you are, I'd look for something shorter and compact in build. I am 5'4" and my 14.3 hand mare is just about as high as I ever want to have to throw my saddle! A western saddle would distribute your weight better, but as others mentioned they are also heavier. A nice synthetic saddle might be a good option, but correct fit regardless of if its English or western would be more important. There are plenty of horses that would easily be able to carry you, as redpony said look for something short backed and stock type, or maybe even something like a haflinger. My husband is around 220 pounds and rides a 14.3 hand quarter horse. He is a bit longer backed than we'd like but has never had any problem whatsoever carrying my husband even on heavy mountain rides. And my husband uses a big old 42 pound ranch/cutter saddle on him, but it fits him like a glove.
Check out the "plus size forum". You will have others there that are in the same predicament you are in; wanting to ride but feeling too heavy to do so.
Although being able to ride is a great goal to have, you know that you need to lose weight just to LIVE better, even if you never ride again.
I say that from the perspective of someone who is dealing with knees that are really trashed from simply living overweight for too many years.
Anyway, check out that forum and we can continue the conversation there.
I would suggest that you look at things like the gypsy cob and that build, they are small enough to get on easily - you are my height and I am happier to be getting on something that's 15hh or less - and they are really good weight carriers, usually have good willing natures and a comfortable trot to sit at if that's what you decide to do - and you can do sitting trot in an 'english' saddle so I wouldn't worry too much about which option you go for - rather go for the riding style you prefer.
I think (my opinion) that if you are able to get a horse now rather than wait till you lose weight it would actually help you in your dieting program because they give you a reason to have to get out there and do stuff that involves physical exercise and all helps to keep you fit and burn up calories
Speaking as someone who knows - boredom is my worst enemy in any efforts to restrict what I eat.