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post #11 of 17 Old 06-01-2007, 05:06 PM
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once again i have to agree with TX , the cowboys around here aren't little guy's, there ruff tuff and tumble guys , so don't worry
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post #12 of 17 Old 06-02-2007, 11:10 AM
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well i have never heard of this problem, but yeah you should talk to your vet and make sure that the rider and horse are comfortable. Oh and preety horse by the way. There is a horse like that at my barn too.
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post #13 of 17 Old 06-04-2007, 09:15 AM
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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.
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post #14 of 17 Old 06-04-2007, 07:13 PM
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I'm no expert, but to me that horse looks like she could easily carry him. Maybe not every day, but you said he doesn't ride everday.

My Dad was 170 lbs. and rode my little 1/2 arab, 1/2 qh, who was only 14.2 hh. She sprang around like he weighed no more than a feather.

Depends on the horse. They can carry a lot of wt. I second asking the vet, just to be safe, but I don't think this is a problem.

If you just really arn't comfy with him riding that girl, then try for a morgan. They are incredibly strong, stout horses for their size. I have seen 300 lb. man riding a 15.2hh morgan gelding. No problem! (Although that one did make my back hurt! LOL!)

Ask the horse. Is your back sore? How does your neck feel, how about your legs? Run your hand over and around, do a little deep rubing and see what response you get. Ear pinning? Tail swishing? Not good. Head down, deep sigh, going to sleep, very good!
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post #15 of 17 Old 06-11-2007, 02:07 PM
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Its is said that a horse should never carry more then a 1/4-1/3 of thier weight. One of those two but I cant remember which.

I have big men in my family as well and we always had big strong horses. 16 hands 1200lbs but my brother a football player at the time was about 250-260 and all of our horses could carry him just fine. We had one mare a small stocky appy mare about 14 hands maybe 1000lbs. She also could carry him and swim with him and buck him off. If you think your horse is having a problem with weight and you notice the horse lagging in the back end or wanting to lay down then maybe that horse is not the best fit.

A nice tall stocky q horse gelding sounds ood to me. I like them tall.
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post #16 of 17 Old 06-20-2007, 06:38 PM
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:roll: Hello, I actually work at a trail riding facility in Australia, not too good with pounds as we use kg, however we use a lot of draft type clydies at the establishment...Our rule is a horse can carry its weight, for example my horse ways close to half a tone approx 480kgs, she could quite easily carry a 100 kg plus person, she is only 15.4hh. I don't think it would be a issue for your hubby to ride your horse, he might just look a bit big!!! Good luck.
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post #17 of 17 Old 06-22-2007, 01:27 AM
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and when we go places, the weight limit on horses is 250
I'm confused...are you talking about state laws that prohibit a certain weight load on a horse, or rental barns that won't allow more than a certain weight?

I think a rental barn has the right to limit the load on their animals. They're looking out for their horses, and that's good. If you're concerned about your own horse, I don't think there's a real problem. You just need to know that your horse is healthy and fit.
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