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post #1 of 12 Old 12-13-2007, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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What large breeds do you recommend?

I'm a curvy plus size woman. I exercise regularly as well as ride and take karate but still seem to stay right around 200-250lbs.

I fear this will keep me from being a good rider/trainer. I'm working on loosing weight but I was wondering about breeds.

What kind of horse would you all recommend to me? I don't want to cause problems for the horses I ride.
In lessons I ride a 17.3hh TB

I love draft horses, but want to improve my jumping and have a versatile mount. My main passion is dressage.

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post #2 of 12 Old 12-13-2007, 11:08 AM
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You could get a draft cross of some kind, like a clyde x tb, or something similar. They can do anything lighter horses can do, I have seen many drafts and draft crosses in hunter/jumper (schooling shows mostly) and also in the dressage ring.
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post #3 of 12 Old 12-13-2007, 12:16 PM
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I'm not sure if height plays that big of a role in how much they can carry. I always look at the bones in the legs and muscle mass of the horse. I am 5'8" and run to the 200 lb. range and I rode a 14.3h draft pony QH mix for several years and lots of miles. She had huge feet and large diameter cannon bones wide short back and trotted like a mack truck but she was always willing. You do want to look at the weight of the horse more than height I posted a link to a site that gave a sort of guide as to how much weight for a horse I will find it and post it here, hope it helps

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post #4 of 12 Old 01-04-2008, 01:08 AM
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Hi! i ride a huge clydy x tbred, but a lot more of the clydy shows, hes got huge dinner plate feet and THE biggest head... im riding him to get me more confident in jumping again, hes got the sweetest nature and he only goes as fast as he has to... but i love dressage too and its to hard for him to get his huge neck to bend and its uncomfortable for him... i think a tbred is the way to go... but i also have a clydy tbred stock horse cross and their beautiful... they have great movement and scope...

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post #5 of 12 Old 01-05-2008, 07:21 PM
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A draft cross would be suitable, or if you have the money, a larger warmblood if that's what you're after. Go for the heavier old type of warmblood though, the modern types tend to be alot more refined.
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post #6 of 12 Old 01-05-2008, 11:08 PM
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A Belgian Draft/Belgian Draft cross would be something to try. I've seen crosses at shows, and they look like nice mounts for larger people.
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post #7 of 12 Old 01-06-2008, 01:36 AM
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A drafty warmblood would be appropriate for you.

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post #8 of 12 Old 01-06-2008, 11:21 AM
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I agree, a drafty/warmblood type would be ideal, you get the size and they are usually dressage-bred horses as well.

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post #9 of 12 Old 01-08-2008, 02:16 PM
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while looking for a horse also keep in mind somthing with a shorter back will be able to support more so stay away from those strech limo typs
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post #10 of 12 Old 01-14-2008, 08:27 PM
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I would recomend a Fresian or maybe a Belgian or Percheron
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