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post #1 of 8 Old 11-21-2013, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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Am I too big for my horse??

So I have a 16 hh Thoroughbred and I feel too big for her. I'm 5' 5" and about 200 lbs. I'm a balanced, advanced rider but I feel too heavy on her. Am I too big?
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-21-2013, 05:57 PM
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Im 5'6 200lbs and ride a range of different size horses the smallest being a 14 hand appy and the largest a 15.2 hand QH and I dont feel too big on any of them.

That being said I am very conscious of saddle fit and am a trail rider. I wouldn't feel comfortable asking the 14hh appy to say take me over jumps but have no issuse trail riding him in sometimes rough terrain for up to 5 hours at a time.
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post #3 of 8 Old 11-21-2013, 10:39 PM
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I'm 200 and I ride a 15 hh arabian
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post #4 of 8 Old 11-21-2013, 10:48 PM
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If your horse is well conditioned, has a well fitting saddle, and you ride balanced, then you are not likely too much.
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20% of their weight is the ideal long-term, high-stress limit... Tho I've seen some strong, empathetic riders heavier and some clunky, rude lighter ones, lol!
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post #6 of 8 Old 11-21-2013, 11:12 PM
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As a general rule, it's 20% of a horses body weight which you should be well under. However you also need to take the horses conformation into account too. Is she stocky, or pretty narrow? Does she have a short or long back? Does she have good bone or spindly little legs? Are her pasterns long and angled or a nice length and slope?

One thing that can make a rider feel too big is if you are riding a narrow horse that's slab slided. You feel like you're riding a 2 x 4 and there's no horse underneath you.
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post #7 of 8 Old 11-22-2013, 02:00 AM
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I'm a balanced, advanced rider but I feel too heavy on her.
Could you better describe what you mean by "feel"? Is she somehow telling you that you're too much of a load, or do you somehow feel off balance, or what?

I'm 6 ft and close to 200 lbs, and I don't feel that I'm too big on my new 16h mare. But on my old girl, who was almost exactly the same size, I did.
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post #8 of 8 Old 11-22-2013, 08:25 AM
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If you feel you are too heavy, it is up to you to change that. Altho a boarder's horse could easily carry her weight, she was much happier with some weight loss. She didn't become slim by any means but the benefits were there, just by losing two sizes.
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