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post #11 of 22 Old 03-22-2010, 01:53 AM
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Unless the horse is practically collapsing, I would leave the situation alone.
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post #12 of 22 Old 03-22-2010, 02:53 AM
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I was offended. I'm not huge, but my horse is 14.3hh, and I'm a size 12-14.....about 175, but I'm only 5'1". That makes me a "heavier rider". Does that mean I'm abusing my horse? I don't think so.
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post #13 of 22 Old 03-22-2010, 04:25 AM
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I agree with everyone else, keep your nose out of it.

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post #14 of 22 Old 03-22-2010, 09:31 AM
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I can understand why you would be concerned IF the rider is VERY obese, but IME the horse will tell you if they are carrying too much. Cobs especially are sturdy critters.
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post #15 of 22 Old 03-23-2010, 12:24 PM
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I am VERY offended by this. I am about 5' 5-7" and I weigh 244 lbs and I ride a 3 yr old paint mare and she has no probs carrying me http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/photo.php?pid=503687&id=1637795866
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post #16 of 22 Old 03-23-2010, 09:17 PM
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Wow I'm completely offended. I'm 5'10" and a heavier rider. I used to worry that I was hurting my horses back but I have been assured by vets, trainers, and friends that horses can handle alot. Given, you won't see me riding around on an Arab(no offense but most Arabs are short and fine-boned). I've seen some pretty big people ride horses and the horses didn't even seem to mind.

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post #17 of 22 Old 03-23-2010, 11:10 PM
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I am 5'6" and 210. I had two Arabians that carried me great until they colicked and passed away at ages 24 and 26 (I had them about 10-15 years each). They were larger examples of the breed, but still, they were not huge horses. I have a 14.3 stocky little Mustang that takes me everywhere, and a fairly average sized Foxtrotter. While I am not proud of my size and I am constantly struggling with it, the horses actually do seem to carry me fine. Do I wish I was smaller? Of course.
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post #18 of 22 Old 03-25-2010, 12:51 PM
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That IS very offensive! Some of the best riders in the world, reiners, dressage riders, etc arn't the skinny sticks that all of us wished to be. I'm 5'8" and weight around 170. I'm not obbease by any means, but I ain't a stick either. I always felt that I was hurting my horse, but she never showed any pain, because horses can carry alot more weight than you would think. I mean, a mini horse can pull up to like, 300 something pounds I think. If the horse isn't hurt, keep out of it.

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post #19 of 22 Old 03-25-2010, 04:03 PM
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I weigh 140 and I'm 5'2". I'm overweight for my height but you can bet that I work my A$$ off to even stay AT 140! I ride a 14.3hh horse that I always feel like I'm too big for (maybe because I'm used to huge horses) so these kind of comments are hurtful.

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post #20 of 22 Old 03-25-2010, 04:56 PM
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I have to say,,, you made me laugh. Not at the offensive question, but at the ignorant way you went about it. I am not a heavy person but have friends who are and you know what,,,these horses are fine with any weight you put on them. I have a larger pony maybe a little bigger than a shetland and I feel huge on her. She doesnt seem the least bit hindered by my size. She carries me with no problems and rides like a dumptruck. Just tough.
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