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        08-19-2012, 12:29 PM
      #11
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by honeyluv    
    Thank you, saddlebag and eclipseranch :) this is the kind of feedback im looking for. I will get some pics up tonight so you guys can see her build. I was told her previous owner was 6ft3in and close to 300lbs. Thanks for the tip on the saddle. Gthis may explain why it keeps shifting to the side while my son is on her. I was told it was the right fit but I think it looks way to big and bulky for her. I will take a much closer look THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
    well now that conjures up a pic ;) ...his knees were probably at the horses barrel !
         
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        08-19-2012, 12:32 PM
      #12
    Started
    Considering the ratio of you and your horse, have you considered driving this one as a way to enjoy each other?

    It is apparent you have the horse's well-being at heart, which is commendable. And I can certainly understand wanting to take your time together to another level. I think your horse is lucky to have you as an owner. Very fortunate.

    Harness and carts don't have to crash your horse budget, and many riding horses make the transition to driving with little problem.
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        08-19-2012, 12:37 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    I personally think you would be fine. I have a horse about the same size, and I am about 200 lbs but about the time you add my roping type saddle, My horse is still doing fine. We can go out a run barrels and he's fine, so I think as long as you're not riding her too hard ( climbing steep hills, etc) you'll be fine. But I heard once that a horse is able to carry more than it's own body weight for short periods of time...?
         
        08-19-2012, 12:44 PM
      #14
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by jinxremoving    
    You must be new here. Some people on the forum seem to think that owning a horse is like owning a gold fish... not a whole lot of research goes into the process and it's more of a buy now, worry later type of thing.

    WOW, judgmental or what, *shakes head* for the first time I wish we had a dislike button.
         
        08-19-2012, 12:48 PM
      #15
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
    WOW, judgmental or what, *shakes head* for the first time I wish we had a dislike button.
    that would be a great feature on this & many other sites!
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        08-19-2012, 12:49 PM
      #16
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
    WOW, judgmental or what, *shakes head* for the first time I wish we had a dislike button.
    What kind of person buys a horse without riding it because they aren't sure they would be a good fit physically? This is pure madness and the fact that you have a problem with me and not the OP who made such a foolish decision, is a perfect example of what's wrong with the horse world.

    I know where I ride, horses come first and a 250 lb rider would NEVER be allowed on a horse that size. Then again, we're not backwoods trained riders... no offence.
         
        08-19-2012, 12:56 PM
      #17
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by honeyluv    
    Hello everyone I weigh 250lbs and my horse Honey is 14.2 HH and wieghs 980lbs. I have not yet rode her because im afraid that I will hurt her.
    Unfortunately, you are too heavy for that horse. If you follow the common 20% rule as in you should be no more than 20% of the horses weight, then you are definitely over the limit when you add in a saddle. Don't listen to anyone who says otherwise, some riders on this forum put their enjoyment over the health of the horse. We see it all the time, whether it's someone jumping a 2 year old horse or a 300 lb man riding a 900lb horse, it's cruelty anyway you look at it.

    Google: "horse 20% weight"

    You'll find a lot of discussion about the subject on various forums and websites. My advise would be to sell the horse and get a larger one.
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        08-19-2012, 01:05 PM
      #18
    Banned
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    Originally Posted by jinxremoving    
    Then again, we're not backwoods trained riders... no offence.
    Seriously?
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        08-19-2012, 01:11 PM
      #19
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Tianimalz    
    Seriously?
    Absolutely. You look at the questions on HF from people doing all kinds of dangerous things and you know what MOST of them have in common? No instructor. No lessons. NOTHING. You know the only people who encourage those users? Other backwoods trained riders without instructors. I can build a LONG list of threads if you want as proof... :P

    I don't know a single person who rides either english or western with certified instructors in a reputable facility who would ever, ever condone a 250lb rider on such a small horse. In fact, my reining friend texted me back when I asked what she thought regarding the OP's weight being too much for the horse and her exact words were: "uhm, hell yea"
         
        08-19-2012, 01:13 PM
      #20
    Banned
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    Originally Posted by jinxremoving    
    Absolutely. You look at the questions on HF from people doing all kinds of dangerous things and you know what MOST of them have in common? No instructor. No lessons. NOTHING. You know the only people who encourage those users? Other backwoods trained riders without instructors. I can build a LONG list of threads if you want as proof... :P
    It's good to know you judge people not by how they ride or care for their horses, but how many lessons they took. Very shallow, wish I had the kind of money to judge people like you do. I ride barefoot with no helmet, and usually no saddle, I must be a horrible "backwoods" rider.
         

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