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.