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    01-26-2011, 11:16 AM
Green Broke
Question about weight.

My hubby wants to do a few trail rides with me. He is a big guy (not fat, but very tall/muscular) and I am wondering how much my 15.2hh (he is really just a hair under 15.3) polish arabian (he is pretty thick) can carry without injuring himself.

My hubby is probably about 250lbs.


Here is a few pics of my horse.
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    01-26-2011, 11:24 AM
Green Broke
Here is another few pics. :)
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    01-26-2011, 11:29 AM
Green Broke
A few more pics, I don't have a lot to draw from, as we just got him in January.
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    01-27-2011, 12:16 PM
I'm bumping this up for the OP....
    01-27-2011, 12:22 PM
He looks pretty sturdy. I would just go out for a short ride, maybe with a little bit of climbing in it and see how everyone feels and does by the end of it. Also, I think it depends on what type/weight of saddle you are using, cause you will need to add that to your overall total weight that your horse is carrying.

My little arabian is 14.2 and I'm 5'9" and weigh 148lbs. I use a simco barrel racing saddle that weighs hardly anything or I ride him English. You can see pics of him in my thread Need Opinions, sell or lease. Admiral moves around like I'm a fly on his back. Even though I feel like I'm huge and my feet are almost touching the ground, but we look fine together.
    01-27-2011, 11:58 PM
Yours looks to be about the same size as my mare. 250 would probably be too much for her with an English saddle, but OK with a western one. I weigh 170+ and she barely notices I'm there in a western saddle.

It also depends on what you want to do. Walking on the trail out to be fine. Trotting may or may not work. Try a short distance and work up.
    01-28-2011, 12:14 AM
Folks, I'm confused... Do you suggest western saddle because of the weight distribution (that would be my first guess at least)? Usually western saddles (even the synthetic ones) are way more heavy than english.

I'd think just walk would be OK. But if he's a beginner he'll bounce pretty bad on trot/canter and that may be hard on horse.
    01-28-2011, 12:22 AM
While if you were going to buy him a horse, I would select one a little larger, I think you guys would be okay for leisurely trail rides. Just give it a go and see how the horse does.

My first horse was a 14.3 Arabian, and I weighed about 225, and he carried me fine. But I do feel more comfortable on a heavier boned horse. Not that the Arabians can't carry me fine, but I just feel less self-concious on a bigger horse.

Actually, my current horse is only around 14.3, and I've lost a few pounds (yay!) but he is a Mustang and very stocky for his height.

But for a leisurely trail ride, I would say give it a try and see if they both are comfortable.
    01-28-2011, 09:59 AM
Green Broke
Thanks :)
Apparently according to the rescue, the previous owner was 300lbs!


We were just planning on walking.
    01-28-2011, 10:10 AM
I think that this might be a bit questionable especially if your husband is a beginner rider. I would say no problem if her bone structure was a bit thicker in her legs. Generally to be safe horse's can carry 20% of their body weight NOW that's just a ruff estimate it can go either way depending on horse and rider and the conditions. Also depending on how old she is will make a differenece. I would say be careful and any sign of discomfort I would say you have to change something so she's more comfortable or maybe they will not work together. Also the last owner may have been 300 pounds but you never know if they rode her or if they did and didn't care if they were to big for her. Good luck with her and hope you and your husband enjoy her!

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