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post #1 of 68 Old 05-11-2010, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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just a question

Let me start by saying I love horses! I think they are amazing. I joined this forum to ask some questions to help me on my way to maybe riding a horse someday. I am 6'4" and around 200-230 lbs depends on the hour...does that mean I am to large to ride a horse? I have NEVER seen anyone bigger then me on a horse much less anywhere near my size. I just want to ride a horse like for fun not competition. Just casually maybe on a trail or in a pasture or on the road I don't really know I just would love to be able to ride one. Any input is greatly appreciated. And im sorry for my lack of equine knowledge...
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post #2 of 68 Old 05-11-2010, 09:51 PM
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Oh yeah! You could ride. I'm 200 and I ride a QH. She has no problems carrying my fat butt around!

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post #3 of 68 Old 05-11-2010, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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thank you very much for your prompt reply!!! I am so happy now! You made my day!
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post #4 of 68 Old 05-11-2010, 09:56 PM
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No problem!
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post #5 of 68 Old 05-11-2010, 10:07 PM
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Welcome to the forum! =)
Yes, that will definitely be no problem at all.
Just always be sure not to get too too small of a horse. That's something that applies to everyone who rides.
The general rule of thumb is that a horse can carry 15-20% of his body weight, but it does vary. Things like breed, body type, fitness level, and the condition of a horse's joints and back all need to be taken into account as well.
Here is a website with other ways to calculate how much weight a horse can carry:
Methods to Calculate How Much Weight A Horse Can Carry - horsetype.com - For all types of horse lovers!

Best of luck and happy trails!
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post #6 of 68 Old 05-11-2010, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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thank you very much!! I love this forum
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post #7 of 68 Old 05-11-2010, 10:52 PM
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It really is a great place! It has its issues, but I've tried several other forums and people just weren't quite as helpful or friendly as they are here. It really is a wonderful enviroment to learn and spread knowledge in.
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post #8 of 68 Old 05-12-2010, 08:24 AM Thread Starter
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I just can't picture a horse other then like a draft horse carrying me around for any extended period of time..
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post #9 of 68 Old 05-12-2010, 03:28 PM
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Plenty of options out there for you! :] My uncle is well over 200 pounds and he rides a sturdy Tennessee Walking Horse with no problems! Quarter horses are know for being hardy and stout, but I have seen all sorts of breeds carry people welllllll over 200! Good luck and happy trails. Welcome to the forum! :]
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post #10 of 68 Old 05-12-2010, 03:30 PM
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The stockier horse breeds will lug 300 lbs around! You'll be fine =)
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