03-15-2010, 10:41 PM
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I have always heard people say, even some of the highend trainers around here, that they would rather put a 300lb rider that is balanced and has a light seat on their horse, then a 120lb rider who bounces all around, the lighter rider will do more damage.
I'm 270 and have ridden horses as little as 15.2 hands and 1100 pounds with no problems. I judge how I ride based on the horse. Say I was riding a 1100 tb, I wouldn't do any jumping, long trail riding etc. But when Im on my 1400lb gelding who I've been riding for 13 years, I know I can do anything I want with him. It really all depends on the horse. I rode a big, but lightly build warmblood once who had trouble with my weight, but on the opposite side I also rode a 14.3 hand spotted draft pony, who could haul me around on trail rides and everything with no problem what-so-ever.