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post #1 of 6 Old 01-01-2009, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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My husband is around 300lbs. I know to ride he will need a larger breed, But will he need something as big as a draft horse?
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-01-2009, 07:46 PM
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I don't think it is a standard that the larger the person, the bigger the horse should be. Instead, it is about the build and weight of the horse. Draft horses are geared for pulling a cart instead of riding, their backs arent necessarily stronger than other horses. You should look for a horse that is not swaybacked, has thick boned legs, and a broader body. Also remember the old adage that a good seat makes the difference. If your husband has a good seat, it will be much more comfortable for the horse than if he is bouncing everywhere. A good seat will distribute weight more evenly acrosss the horses back.

Of course there are percentages that horses should carry on their backs relative to their weights. Obviously, a 14 hand horse with skinny legs shouldnt have that heavy of a rider.

Personally, I am a heavier rider and I ride a Morgan Qtr cross with thick boned legs. He carries me up and down our hills with ease! Don't get discouraged, you will find the right mount for him without having to look for anything special. :o)
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post #3 of 6 Old 01-01-2009, 08:27 PM
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You just need a solid horse. Is he tall? If so you'll want a horse with a fairly large barrel. Generally a horse can carry 20% of his weight WHEN HE IS FIT! Just because a horse is 200lbs over weight doesn't mean he can carry that extra 20% lol

You can go for a solid horse of any breed, but often QH, Standardbred, Draft, or any of those crossed with something else is a good choice.
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post #4 of 6 Old 01-01-2009, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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no he is not tall. He is around 5'8".
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post #5 of 6 Old 01-03-2009, 08:20 PM
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Also, the saddle fit will be extremely important. When buying a saddle, you want the most and even distribution you can get. The more area, the lower the PSI for the horse and the more he can carry. Any area that might not fit right will be magnified with a heavy rider and can cause trouble later.
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post #6 of 6 Old 01-03-2009, 08:52 PM
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I think it depends on the horse (how strong it is & such) rather than how large. However, nothing wrong with a Draft or nicely-built QH!

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