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        08-13-2013, 01:33 PM
      #21
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    Spotted drafts are shorter and stockier. Like someone else said, you have to factor in your riding ability. Sure, weight is weight, so a heavier rider should have a larger/stronger horse in general. But I have a friend who is similar height/weight as you and she is a very advanced rider with a very light seat. My 17hh narrow TB toats her around no problem, but struggled and tripped a lot with a similar-sized beginner rider. I'd go for a spotted draft, large (17hh+ warmblood), Percheron or Clydesdale.
         
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        08-17-2013, 12:14 AM
      #22
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    I am 5'7" and 240ish so I know what you mean about feeling guilty for making the horse carry you. We have quarter horses and ride western. All of our quarter horses are 16+ hh and my new horse who is a mustang is just over 15hh but stocky and none of them have ever had difficulty with my fat butt. I even go so far sometimes to ride bareback because I feel even worse about tacking on another 50lbs to the weight they already have to carry, but I remind myself that they have never cared before. I would just look for a larger frame horse 15hh and up. I don't believe you need some monster 17hh to carry you I think that is a little over kill. Plus that is just that much further you have to get up on, which is always my hardest part. I have seen some pretty BIG guys on some pretty SMALL horses and they do alright, so I think you will be just fine. Good luck on finding something!
         

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