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post #1 of 28 Old 07-18-2008, 01:29 AM Thread Starter
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What breed for a larger girl?

Well, I've been thinking about getting a horse (not for another year or two at least though though due to me being one of them art students) but my issue is that I am a larger girl, pretty tall and about 220 pounds. I wouldn't want to have a horse that couldn't carry that weight on a regular basis. So what sort of breed would you all recomend?
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post #2 of 28 Old 07-18-2008, 01:32 AM
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Arabians are popular for heavier riders because they have an extra vertebrae that makes carrying lots of weight easier for them.

Drafts work well too.
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post #3 of 28 Old 07-18-2008, 01:51 AM
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an extra vertebra? You must mean one fewer, and most do. Some do not. I would go with large quarter, 220 isn't that much. I personally would go for a horse 15.2 or above.
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post #4 of 28 Old 07-18-2008, 01:54 AM
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an extra vertebra? You must mean one fewer, and most do. Some do not. I would go with large quarter, 220 isn't that much. I personally would go for a horse 15.2 or above.
yeah, fewer... sorry, it's late and i was thinking that other horses have one more than arabians... i need to go to bed...

but i agree, 220 isn't that much, a large quarter could carry that easily
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Thank you both! I was wondering, though, about rocky mountain horses. Would a larger one be suitable? Though looking around here the draft crosses are really catching my eye!
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I think a rocky would work great as well. Maybe PM Vidaloco I know she has a rocky mountain horse and she probably knows them better than I do
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post #7 of 28 Old 07-18-2008, 03:10 AM
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A Rocky is a good horse, same with Drafts. Draft crosses too! I also have to say, 220 is not really bad, so maybe a large horse (such as a 16hh+) would be fine.

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post #8 of 28 Old 07-18-2008, 12:59 PM
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You are not that big that you have to worry too much. Just look for something with nice solid legs and feet and something around 15.1 or taller.


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post #9 of 28 Old 07-18-2008, 01:40 PM
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DRAFT HORSE I am 5'4 and 3/4 (and 120lbs-ish) and I own a Clyde cross and a full Clyde. Both foals right now but going to be turned into riding horses.

Draft crosses make fantastic riding horses as well as the full drafties. There a few of us on the forums with drafts.






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post #10 of 28 Old 07-18-2008, 01:41 PM
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more food for thought:



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