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...
And here's a funky shot of my son riding her - she's got some build, but not really "drafty"... KWIM?