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    08-07-2011, 02:34 PM
Too Big for an Arabian?

I am about 5"3' and I weigh in at around 140lbs. I have dreams of one day competing in endurance races with my own arabian horse. I have seen pictures in breed specific magazines of people who are much larger then me riding teeny arabian horses in these races, and I'm wondering if it's totally far-fetched? Should I try to lose weight before getting an arabian horse? I've heard a horse can carry 25% of its weight... for an arabian that's around 200lbs with rider, saddle etc.

I've also heard balance has a lot to do with it but I don't know how good my balance is or how I can really work on it. I suppose just riding helps.

FYI I don't own a horse right now but I am looking into purchasing one in the next year or two. I just lease right now.
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    08-07-2011, 02:40 PM
Short answer, no. You are not too big for most any horse as long as you ride balanced.
    08-07-2011, 02:43 PM
LOL, Arabs are tough, here am I at 5' 9" 180 pounds, on my 15.1hh arab mare

No issues at all
    08-07-2011, 02:45 PM
Green Broke
No way you're too big ;)
    08-07-2011, 02:49 PM
My husband rode a 14.3 HH Arab and he is 6ft, @ 190 lbs. The horse packed him around no problem and looked fine doing it. Arabs have strong short backs and one less rib.
    08-07-2011, 03:24 PM
Nope, you're not to big for anything larger than a pony. A very good friend of mine has been competing and winning endurance races/CTRs for years on her arabs and she is about 5'8 and probably 180.

Here she is on her old stud that is, I think, close to 30 years old.
    08-07-2011, 03:39 PM
Smrobs, that is AWESOME, what I can see of him looks fantastic for an old timer, just another proof that old doesn't have to = skinny
    08-07-2011, 04:04 PM
Yep, he's awesome and such a sweetie. I broke a colt for her last summer that was a grandson of his and she's wanting me to break another as soon as this stinking heat breaks.

BTW, OP, that colt that I broke for her stood maybe 14.3 and weighed maybe 800 pounds... he was rather narrow and gangly for a 3 year old. I am 5'5 and weighed about 145 at the time and he had no problems carrying me and my 45 pound western saddle (and dumping my butt once LOL).
This was his 2nd or 3rd ride.
    08-07-2011, 04:16 PM
Of course not. Horses are a lot stronger than you would think even minis can hold around 50 pounds I think
    08-07-2011, 04:43 PM
I agree with the post that you are not too large if you ride balanced. I have friends who do endurance -- top 20 finish at Tevis. These guys know what they are doing. They have told me riding endurance comes down to you and your horses balance (take dressage lessons), your condition and the horses condition. Last it's about you knowing your limits and that of your horse.

Good luck and stay safe.

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