With the event of my draft/paint lesson horse POSSIBLY being sold (not set in stone yet), I was wondering what I will do as far as riding goes. Fritz is the only larger horse out at our stable, and with my being a larger rider, I wonder if that leaves me with having to find another stable to take lessons, or what Iím going to do.
Iíve always been told as a rule of thumb, horses can carry 20% of their body weight, which includes tack. So a horse that weighs 1,000 lbs can comfortably carry a 200 lbs person and tack. Well, Iíd give my left eye to be 200 lbs again, and seen how my life changing surgery isnít for another 6-12 mos out, I have to figure out what Iíll do if in fact Fritz will be sold.
I had asked my instructor about me riding other, lighter horses and she says I probably could, considering Iím more knowledgeable about being balanced, and posting and such. Apparently the kind of saddle used is helpful too. An English saddle requires a post, where as a western doesnít, and a western disperses weight a little more evenly vs. an English saddle. Iíve been working more and more at posting at a trot, Iím getting better, and am developing those muscles needed for such an activity. I'd be worried about hurting a lighter horse tho, whereas I'm not so much worried about hurting Fritz.
I would hate to think that my weight is going to hinder me once more. Well, thatís not completely true either, because I havenít let my weight hamper my love for horseback riding as of yet, I just donít want to be deterred.
Anyone have any ideas, comments, advice to share?