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    10-30-2011, 10:25 PM
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To heavy for horse?

I have gained some weight in the last 2 years and up to 176 lbs and I am not big but muscular and I am a guy too. I ride a palomino horse and he is at his head about 5' 11" my height and I don't know if I am pushing the amount of weight he can handle or for a normal horse. I ride medium to larger horses like my aunts American Warmblood. Just worried about the weigh thing.
     
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    10-30-2011, 10:39 PM
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I'm 6'3 160 lbs and the average horse will carry me just fine and the same should hold true for yourself. You can ride a smaller horse as long as your balanced. Often weight isn't the issue, it is how the rider and saddle distribute the weight. If the saddle doesn't fit or the rider rides unbalance then too much weight is put in one spot and causes issues. Here are some clues to let you know there is a problem; White marks from saddle, lameness, horse showing obvious discomfort (throwing head, bucking, etc).
     
    10-30-2011, 10:42 PM
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I highly doubt it . Though I wonder how tall is a horse that is 5' 11" at the head, since horses are usually measured at the wither.
Not to worry.
     
    10-30-2011, 10:49 PM
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
I highly doubt it . Though I wonder how tall is a horse that is 5' 11" at the head, since horses are usually measured at the wither.
Not to worry.
I havent been riding since late July so I havent seen Jack the palomino, so I can't remember exactly how high his withers are, so I used his head for reference.
     
    10-31-2011, 01:08 AM
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Way back when I was a wee little kid I took lessons on a palomino pony named jack. He was awesome!
     
    10-31-2011, 01:12 AM
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This thread has some good info:

Articles on riders weight effecting a horses soundness?
     

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