Can a 15.1 hh, 1100 lb quarter horse carry a 300 lb man for a short 1 hr trail ride? - The Horse Forum

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post #1 of 126 Old 03-13-2013, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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Can a 15.1 hh, 1100 lb quarter horse carry a 300 lb man for a short 1 hr trail ride?

My horse is already accustomed to a 5'5'' 250 lb woman, and she takes my horse on trail for two hours at a lazy walk at least twice a week in the summer. Would it be too strenuous for him to take my 6'3'' 300 lb boyfriend on trail for half the time at the same pace? Thanks!
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post #2 of 126 Old 03-13-2013, 10:58 AM
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shouldn't be a problem as long as he doesn't sit like a blob and can ride balanced.
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that's what I figured. Thanks!
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post #4 of 126 Old 03-13-2013, 05:24 PM
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It also depends if the horse is very fit.
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I bought a really lightweight cheap wintec western saddle just for this type of purpose. At least that is one less heavy thing for the horse to carry.
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If the horse is in shape, has good conformation for carrying weight, and no pre-existing physical issues (I'm thinking no with the regular 250 lb rider), it shouldn't be a problem. My 15.3 quarter horse carries me around just fine, and I'm in that range. A nice, well-fitting lightweight saddle is a good plus. And ditto what churumbeque said.
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Depends on the horse. My 15'3 1350 lb horse was very unhappy carrying my 220lb ex boyfriend and he was a pretty decent rider. I'd try a short ride first and see how your horse is acting before and after.
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With saddle this is about 30% of horses weight or better.

I'm sorry but no matter how well someone rides, they are still sitting in a very small space on an area that is not supported directly underneath it.

Be different matter if draped from ears to tail, but they aren't.

To me, this is asking for trouble. And also would not be thrilled about woman who rides already.

Like it or not, weight matters. People can argue all the want about being balanced, or not, bottom line is someone that is heavy is hard on furniture, toilets, floors, beds, so why would it be okay on a living creature?

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With saddle this is about 30% of horses weight or better.

I'm sorry but no matter how well someone rides, they are still sitting in a very small space on an area that is not supported directly underneath it.

Be different matter if draped from ears to tail, but they aren't.

To me, this is asking for trouble. And also would not be thrilled about woman who rides already.

Like it or not, weight matters. People can argue all the want about being balanced, or not, bottom line is someone that is heavy is hard on furniture, toilets, floors, beds, so why would it be okay on a living creature?
and you are basing that little tidbit on what fairy tale ?
Based on ACTUAL scientific studies and historical data, confirmation and condition have way more to do with it than an arbitrary percent plucked out of Lala land.
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Like it or not, weight matters. People can argue all the want about being balanced, or not, bottom line is someone that is heavy is hard on furniture, toilets, floors, beds, so why would it be okay on a living creature?
I have to ask as politely as possible what is your beef with us fat people?

I totally respect your views on larger people riding, and yes at 30% caution should be used.

What gets me is you constant assertion, every time this is mentioned, about the affect of heavy people being hard on furniture toilets and beds, I mean get real.

OK, stopping there because I cannot phrase what I want to say in any polite manner at all. If you have such a thing about large people you had best stay away from us, we may fall on you and squash you.

I really don't know if your horse would be OK or not, the thing to do is ask him, as in try it and see. It sounds way at the top end of what he should be carrying, and I'm sure you don't want to damage him, so take it easy, and if your horse shows any distress then you need to speak for him.
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