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  • Horse carrying a person
  • Girth for a 14'2 horse

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    02-23-2011, 06:12 AM
Thanks guys :)
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    02-23-2011, 08:40 AM
Originally Posted by myhorsesonador    
Your a brave woman posting your weight.
I am what I am! Besides, if I don't post what I way now, how can I brag about how much I lose?
    02-23-2011, 08:44 AM
I think your weights fine :)
    02-23-2011, 09:08 AM
Originally Posted by SarahRicoh    
I think your weights fine :)
Thanks! It's really not fine, though - not healthy for either me or my horse. I'm just a pragmatist/realist. And determined to lose a good chunk of it!
    02-23-2011, 09:20 AM
Awww well high five! I decide that all the time but I never loose the weight :(
    02-23-2011, 10:52 AM
Originally Posted by dee    
Thanks! It's really not fine, though - not healthy for either me or my horse. I'm just a pragmatist/realist. And determined to lose a good chunk of it!

All power to you, and good luck on your weight loss journey. It's a great time to be working on it, get your eyes fixed on the summer fun to come.
    02-23-2011, 12:28 PM
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Well I'm not really one to talk since I'm 4'11 and barely 85 pounds, but I think as long as the horse doesnt seem to be under any strain and has a good back, you'll be absolutely fine on a 13-14hh pony- especially a welsh! Man those things are STURDY. And because of their naturally wide girth, you're legs probably won't look overly long ^_^ Like everyones been saying, the 'if your feet are under the girth, you're too tall' theory isn't completely true. Some horses are really narrow! Take these guys for example.

This is a friend of mine who weighs about 135 pounds and is 5'8, and she's riding a dales pony who is 13.2 hands at the very most xD granted, she is in an english saddle so her legs probably ARE longer than at his girth line, and she looks slightly funny on him, but he is obviously VERY capable of carrying her =] they trail ride for miles on end without him even hinting at becoming tired.

And then we look at 4'11"/85 pound me riding a morgan mare of the same height, but WAY different girth size (shes a very narrow build girl ^_^)- and I also seem to fit her snugly. You wouldnt be able to tell that there is a NINE INCH difference between slinky(the girl's nickname) and I when comparing photos.

So just opt for a 'rounder' horse- (a welsh would be absolutely perfect) and you'll look absolutely fine =] don't worry about it!
    02-23-2011, 04:14 PM
Im 5ft3 & ride a 13.3hh pony, im sure you'd look fine on a 14.2hh
    02-23-2011, 05:06 PM
It depends on the horse. I am 5'10 and my horses are about 14'2-15 hh. There are riders taller and heavier then I am riding the same size horses.
    02-24-2011, 10:32 PM
I used to freak out about weighing too much (180lbs) and riding a 1600lbs belgian x percheron. I leased her when I started riding again and she gave me the confidence to feel not too fat for my 1100lbs mustang:)

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