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  • Size of horse to riders size
  • How much weght can a poa pony cary

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    07-15-2011, 11:17 PM
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I've been a little cautious lately and have been thinking that I may be to big for my horse..
What is a healthy size (weight) a horse can carry without causing harm?

I'm 5'7 and I wieght 155 pounds, my horse is a Arab/Saddlebred and is just shy of 15.1hh. He also is 6 years old and quite lean, he weights roughly 950 pounds.

I used to never think to much about this because my rides usually were only 45 minutes, but now he has moved to a new place and there is no arena to work in. Only millions of trails, which can become very hilly! I have a hard time finding a place for flat work... so my rides now are ALOT longer, about 1-2.5 hours.

Am I being to hard on my horse? Or am I just paranoid?

He doesnt seem to mind, but he's the kind of horse that sucks it up, and wont show signs of discomfort with anything. Please help!
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    07-15-2011, 11:37 PM
Green Broke
Well, I think normally a horse would show discomfort if the rider is to heavy. Does it feel like he is easily carrying you? Horses are surprisingly strong, I would say he's definitely fine! But hopefully some of the experts on here help more!
    07-15-2011, 11:38 PM
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My Gosh, your horse could probably carry another 50% of you! I bet he is in no way taxed to carry you. If he is has not done a lot of hill work , then don't do a lot all of a sudden. Work up to it.
Most people don't come anywhere near to what a horse finds "hard" in the level of their riding. I ride 2 hours at a time regularly, with mild hills and such, but Mac is used to it. My friends trailer out to the hills and do 3 or 4 hour rides no problem.
YOu are so NOT to big for your horse.
    07-16-2011, 01:11 AM
Highly doubt it, if you were he would let you know. Being lean doesn't make him weaker, my pony Dante is 14hh like 800, he's got a big peruvian neck and belly, but little refined arabian bones and legs. A few weeks ago my friend who is 5'7" or 5'8" 160lbs got on him and he didnt even seem to notice! He just trotted around like usual. Unless he is shaking, exsessively tripping, or falling down etc. he is carrying you fine
    07-16-2011, 01:16 AM
I have a saddle bred and I weight a bit more then you. My horse is also much older then yours..but I do just fine. You may be just a little too cautious on that. :)
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    07-16-2011, 01:18 AM
Like stated before... as long as your horse isn't struggling to go you are fine :)
    07-16-2011, 01:25 AM
Green Broke
My horse weighs they same as yours and I'm 160 lbs and we high tail it,jump,go up and down steep hills. I heard that if you use a mounting block to get on your horse and your horse lines up to let you on they don't mind you riding but maybe that's an ol' wise tale...try it and see. My horse just stands there. Also the better the rider the easier the horse can carry you.
    07-16-2011, 09:20 AM
At one time we had a POA mare that was right at 13hh. She had a very stocky body and tree trunk bone for legs. We bought her for our Grandkids to ride, but I would occasionly put my approximate 160lbs on her and ride her to keep her sensible for the kids. Even my 200lb husband rode her on several occasions. I always kept an "eagle eye" on her to check her for maybe being over taxed with carrying us heavyweights. She never had a problem with dealing with us, but we never pushed her beyond her limits as for we only did short rides. Heck, she never ever even broke into a sweat.

Here is Holly the POA with my sister and her grandson on board:
    07-16-2011, 09:35 AM
That bottom picture is an add-on I did for my photo album. The picture of interest is the top one.
    07-16-2011, 11:24 AM
Green Broke
That is one nice looking Granny!

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