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post #21 of 68 Old 05-12-2010, 11:23 PM
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For the record,a question arose in my mind about the 30 lb. fluctuation,(fat, muscle, ??) but I drew no conclusions. I said that the true horseman keeps himself in shape, because a newbie might not know that good riding requires it.

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post #22 of 68 Old 05-13-2010, 12:35 AM
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I don't have a picture at the moment

but a good friend of mine who has trail riding experience but nothing more has asked me to be his teacher and also find him a horse. When we hung out when we were 15 we were eye to eye, now he's 6'6 and makes my 17.3 Clydesdale mare look like a 14 hand pony. He fits her fine but I'm not used to her looking like a normal sized horse.
He has enough horse knowledge now and wants to buy his own horse. He's keeping it at the same barn I board at and my trainer and I have been looking at nothing less than 17.2 hands tall and 1500lbs. Kevin isn't heavy he's actually stick thin and in great shape but he noticed he feels off balance and not centered on anything less than a draft or heavy draft cross.

so no you're not too big or tall to ride a horse but make sure whatever horse you ride you are comfortable riding. and Yes Clydesdales can be ridden. My mare is my English pleasure ride.

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post #23 of 68 Old 05-13-2010, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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I love this place! and for the record I am EXTREMELY athletic..I have no problem with my weight it has taken years of workouts and ridiculous training routines to get myself this way. But thank you everyone for all the help!!! ;) I cant wait to move forward in my pursuit of riding and doing everything involved with the care of a horse.

Northern: I didnt know a good rider had to be in good shape either :)
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post #24 of 68 Old 05-13-2010, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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this may be a stupid question to everyone else here but...does a draft horse mind being ridden? like isnt pleasure riding just a bit out of the scope of what they were bred to do?? Im not trying to make anyone mad or anything
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post #25 of 68 Old 05-13-2010, 09:45 AM
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Buffalo Bill Cody

Here's a picture I call Buffalo Bill Cody....and welcome to the forum! They say a horse comfortably carries 20% of it's own weight. So a 1000 lb horse carries a 200 lb'der. You might want about a 16 hands horse just so's your feet don't drag. My son is only 6 feet and the stirrups are just about not long enough! Hey, but have at er, pard. There are plenty of horses and not enough time!!!

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post #26 of 68 Old 05-13-2010, 02:29 PM
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Drafts will happily carry a rider just as any other breed. They aren't only bred to drive anymore. Tons of people have them for riding horses. :]
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post #27 of 68 Old 05-13-2010, 06:13 PM
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Thank you, WBC! :)
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post #28 of 68 Old 05-15-2010, 02:11 AM
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Trust me, its fine. I know people in the 300's who ride stocky QH's and I've even seen one ride a VERY stocky Welsh. Yeah. Ponies are frikin' strong.

Anyway, Look for something with a longer back and big bones. And taller is probably good too, since you're definately pretty tall.

Get a lightweight saddle too. I used to help my father guide hunting trips and I had this idiot who I was in charge of teaching (Shwing him how to use a gun and saddle his horse and stuff. Eh.) and he went out and bought the HEAVIEST frikkin' saddle he could. An ancient, creaky, slippery leather saddle that I swear was over 150 lbs. And this was an overweight, disgusting looking city slicker who nearly shot my foot because he pointed a LOADED rifle at me after I told him not to. -.-

His horse was a QH, but he was more of a runner than a stocky pack horse. And when you're riding miles a day through rough terrian... Oh, hell no. I saved that horses tail so many times by saying he was lame in his hind end after heating up his leg with my camp oven on low. (Too low to hurt. I wrapped the waffle plate in a towel and held it to his leg for 60 seconds and it was hardly hot but he believed me. Idiot didn't even notice.

Anyway, that's my story on why you SHOULDN't be like him, even though you don't sound anywhere near overweight at all. Just gotta make sure to get the right horse.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #29 of 68 Old 05-15-2010, 03:38 AM
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yeah you can ride!!
here is William Fox Pitt, he is around your hight and is a famous english equestrian.

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post #30 of 68 Old 05-15-2010, 04:32 AM
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You biggest problem is going to be to find a riding centre that will take you on.
You are going to have to learn to sit correctly right from the beginning and to learn properly you'll need a hands on teacher. Most riding centres put a weight limit on their pupils and general speaking 14 stone - say 200lbs is top weight. Then you are 6ft4 - that means you'll need ideally a 16 hand horse at least. But above all you'll need an 'up to weight' fairly placid heavy horse with a kind temperament. Probably a crossbreed with Shire or Percheron in it.

Then go look at yourself naked in the mirror. Now are you a heavy man because you eat too much or are you one of those muscular types we see on American Football pitches? If you are bit flabby, and be honest with yourself, then you are going to have to lose some of the flab. That means exercising especially round the stomach and lower back area. Some folks get the idea that horse riding is for wimps but I can assure you "it ain't" Find yourself a pilates class - that will do wonders for you. (Do Pilates anyway - it is good for your posture)

Finally you'll need a good instructor whom you think you can like and respect. They don't go on trees and you are not exactly the young 12 year old girl they normally get to teach.

One last thing- look in the piggy bank to see how much money you have. If you get hooked on horses then you are going to be short of money for life.

But otherwise feel free to join the club. I have not met a horse yet that belongs to Weight Watchers.

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