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    07-24-2008, 10:39 AM
  #1
Green Broke
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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?
     
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    07-24-2008, 11:04 AM
  #2
Trained
As I understand it a horse with a shorter back can also carry more weight. We are also talking about hour lessons and not trail forging all day either. I am by no means a little girl either. So I understand your concerns. I would just talk to your trainer and see what she has available. Since you have had a few lessons and have the basic ideas of balance and weight distribution down, I don't see any reason why a well built stout horse couldn't continue you along your way to dressage dreams!
     
    07-24-2008, 11:11 AM
  #3
Green Broke
Yup, I was told that too, a horse with a shorter back would be better suited, but how can I tell a horse has a short back, vs. a longer one? I dunno.

I would LOVE to do dressage, but that seems so far off. I'd settle to just go see a show right now.
     
    07-24-2008, 12:36 PM
  #4
Started
My mom isnt a little gal either and she rides my 14.3 hand mare from time to time. Chloe doesnt seem to mind one bit and will trot and lope with her. My mom didnt ride everyday but about a hour or two a week. I think you would be fine riding a smaller horse.

Hope everything goes well with the surgery!!!
     
    07-24-2008, 12:59 PM
  #5
Trained
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Originally Posted by Moxie
Yup, I was told that too, a horse with a shorter back would be better suited, but how can I tell a horse has a short back, vs. a longer one? I dunno.

I would LOVE to do dressage, but that seems so far off. I'd settle to just go see a show right now.
You are a goal person...Don't lose site of that!

As far as knowing which horse is better suited...that's why you are paying for lessons. Let your instructor pick out the horse and ask questions while you are there. It really helps being in person. She can point at trigger and say "long back" then at spot and say "short back" then you can visually see the differences.
     
    07-24-2008, 01:17 PM
  #6
Showing
Moxie, Some breeds are better suited for handling weight then others. A 1,000lb Quarter Horse can carry more weight then the same size Thoroughbred.

You've gotten some good advise in that your instructor should pick the horse for you. (BTW, we do post in a Western saddle if the horse we are riding calls for it.)
     
    07-24-2008, 04:19 PM
  #7
Yearling
Is there anything at the stables with some cob in it? Cobs have big bums and stocky legs; they're used a lot in the UK for larger male riders.
     
    07-24-2008, 04:44 PM
  #8
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by claireauriga
Is there anything at the stables with some cob in it? Cobs have big bums and stocky legs; they're used a lot in the UK for larger male riders.
Nope, the owner breeds and trains QH's so that's the majority of her heard. Fritz is the only draft cross out there that I know of.
     
    07-25-2008, 06:18 PM
  #9
Showing
That is so sad. We know how much you have loved Fritz and all the great things you have shared about him. It's going to be quite sad if he goes. It will be a matter of time before you own your own horse tho, I know it is.
All excellent advice has been given. Have you had the chance to sit down with your trainer regarding choosing another horse at the barn you can ride?
     
    07-25-2008, 09:50 PM
  #10
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by My2Geldings
That is so sad. We know how much you have loved Fritz and all the great things you have shared about him. It's going to be quite sad if he goes. It will be a matter of time before you own your own horse tho, I know it is.
All excellent advice has been given. Have you had the chance to sit down with your trainer regarding choosing another horse at the barn you can ride?
No hun, she has been out of town. I will see her on Monday. With the possible sell of Fritz and my baby boy getting set for preschool, it has thrown me into a depression.

There ISSSSSS a possibility that the woman that told me about the sale could be misinformed, but I highly doubt it.

Like I said.... I'll talk to her on Monday when I go out for my next lesson. Or maybe I'll email her and see what she says.

I've gotten so attached to Fritz... It'll be hard for me to go out and NOT see him, or even worse, see another girl on him. I mean, I know that they use him for other beginners, but still. It's not the same.
     

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