Join Date: May 2007
Location: Sweet Home Alabama
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Two years ago, I retired my Arabian because of my weight. I knew I was too heavy for him. I ended up leasing him out to a lady who is PERFECT for him, and uses him to patrol the Bankhead Forrest in AL (she's a deputy sherrif). His side "job" is a "guide horse" for a rescued blind QH.
My QH, who's only 13.2, carries my weight just fine. He might be short, but he's a bulldog in body built - old style, foundation bred "cow pony" (he's a grandson of King and on his 5 gen papers are several other old foundation stock, including Wimpy). I wanted something taller than he is and was considering a warmblood or draft cross. I wanted something that could handle me - not ashamed to say, I am over 200 pounds, but its a little hard to stick on a diet when you're a CHEF!!!!
When I met my Morgan filly, she was just a yearling. I spent the whole day at her breeders farm talking to her. I made it clear that if I was going to buy her, I was going to ride her and I didn't want to harm her if I"m going to be too big. I met her mom and saw pictures of her dad. Both of which are 15.2hh and VERY stocky. Both are Govt. Remount bred Morgans. Kay is now 3 years old and handles me just fine, and she's now 15.1hh and still growing.
It takes the right horse. Make sure that he, and all the gear he uses, are under a third of the horses' body weight. Maybe try getting one of those Pro Choice gel pad saddle pads to help ease any stress on the back? Make sure everything is balanced too. Take it easy on the first several rides and make sure your horse is okay. Being a draft cross, she shouldnt' have too much trouble. The biggest horses I've ever seen (that are not draft crosses) are all Walker/QH crosses.