Please keep this topic civil, but my husband is 280 pounds right now, and when we go places, the weight limit on horses is 250 (except in Tennessee (US) where they didn't care - they just found him a nice big horse in their barn ;))
My husband is not some big fat slob, either. Granted, he could lose a little weight right now, but he is a football player - actually, he played his last year, semi pro last year at age 37. He's 6 foot 2 inches. When he was only into body building, at his best, he was 250 pounds.
So does that mean he shouldn't be allowed to ride a simple trail?
I have two horses - one I would not put him on. She's 15.1 hh and she's a QH/Tenn. Walker mix.... but my new one is a draft/QH mix. She is an "elegant" draft mix though - she's not "drafty". She's only about 15.2 or 15.3 hh. So I should not allow him to take a simple trail ride with me ever?
That would seem so unfair to me. I'm not talking about a three-hour trail ride either... I'm talking just maybe for an hour tops, once a month. Is that bad?
I would have purchased a larger horse but I am only 5 feet, 4 inches, and around 125 pounds, and I to be honest, get scared on really large horses.... and we bought her for me - I'm the primary rider.
Here are two pictures of her... http://jottephotography.typepad.com/...4/01/day1g.jpg
And here's a funky shot of my son riding her - she's got some build, but not really "drafty"... KWIM? http://jottephotography.typepad.com/...4/01/day1f.jpg