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    02-05-2010, 11:32 AM
Thank you MacabreMikolaj! You are exactly right!
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    02-05-2010, 02:09 PM
Green Broke
I'm 5'1" 110 lbs and ride a 900-lb 14.1hh Quarter horse

I've heard that horses can support 20% or so of their own body weight, as a general rule, so at 120 lbs, so assuming your horse is around the same weight as mine, you could weigh 180 lbs and still be more than fine
    02-05-2010, 02:15 PM
Green Broke
Macabre I just saw your post about the 20% weight rule, VERY good points!! It is meant as a very general rule and there are quite a few exceptions, as you mentioned!
    02-05-2010, 02:29 PM
I'm 5'6, 9 1/2 stone and I ride a chunky 14.2hh.

It all depends on the horse, really. Two horses of the same height may not be able to carry the same weight.
    02-05-2010, 02:58 PM
Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
Unless you're a 6'0"+ freak of nature...
(Sigh) Freak of nature or not, I am 6', and close to 200 lbs. (And most of the "excess" weight is upper body muscle, so I'm not going to be losing much.)

Also (though I'm certainly no expert) I'd think that how much weight a horse can be expected to carry depends on what you are doing. That is, a horse might be ok carrying my weight around a level field or a show ring for half an hour at a time, but very much not ok carrying my weight* for a long day's ride on mountain trails.

*Before getting Ellie, I'd often go on trail "rides" with my horsey friends (women), with me walking or running along while they ride. Usually they'd make me carry the lunch too, to spare the horses
    02-05-2010, 03:11 PM
Green Broke
Sorry hun, I was refering to the female audience on that one. I always forget we have a few men lurking around.

You worry far to much. Visit the rodeo - 90% of those cowboys are closing in at 6'0" tall and a minimum of 200lbs, especially the steer wrestlers. A good sturdy QH or Mustang type horse should have zero problems carrying you, regardless of terrain. You may look silly riding something around 15hh, which is where I was originally going with the height thing, but even then, my sister's boyfriend rides Dove who's 15hh and he's over 6'0" and he fits her fine. I probably should have said unless you're a 7'0" freak of nature, because really, nobody can look ridiculous on a horse 15hh and taller (well, unless you're 4'8" and riding a 19hh Draft, that may look silly, haha).

If it's any consolation, I ride a 14.3hh Arabian mare who's 900lbs when she's fat. I am a big girl, and with my saddle and me, my Arab is packing roughly 200 pounds easily. And we do EVERYTHING from jumping to racing, to endurance and interval training on hills. I've had her for 11 years, since she was born, and not a single problem yet. I'm pretty sure a 15hh 1200lb horse like I pictured above is going to have NO problems carrying you.
    02-05-2010, 03:27 PM
People always have to look twice when they see me.

I'm 5'1", and I weigh 90 pounds on a good day. Freddy is 17.2 hands, and probably around 1200 pounds.
But I think I have more trouble riding little ponies than big horses. I don't really like to ride anything less than 16 hands.
    02-05-2010, 03:39 PM
I'm 5'8" 140 lbs with a 36" inseam. All of my riding horses are between 13.3 and 15.3. I was working a paso for my trainer when I was a teenager and could link my ankles under her heart girth. We looked funny, but I was only about 115 lbs at the time and she had no problems carrying me.

My 13.3 pony still looks pretty funny with me on her back, but she is my favorite for cow work. My husband is 6'2", and he has ridden a 14.1 draft cross mare for years now, she had no problems with him on her back, she's a stout little thing, but they make a funny looking pair, especially considering she is a black/white paint with a "fairy tale" white mane. I recently got him a 15.3 sabino gelding, and they are much easier on the eyes together!

For me to actually look normal on a horse, they have to be really fat or really tall. Drafts and warmbloods look alright, but they aren't exactly the best for what we do.
    02-06-2010, 12:56 AM
Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj sister's boyfriend rides Dove who's 15hh and he's over 6'0" and he fits her fine.
In your picture, Dove may be carrying the guy, but s/he does not look real happy about it

And carrying someone around flat land like that is probably a bit easier than for instance here.
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    02-06-2010, 01:51 AM
Green Broke
Dove never looks happy about anything, that's her standard look.

And I doubt it. Alberta is full of land like that, and a LOT of ranchers. I don't think those 200lb cowboys give much thought when they need their 15hh cow pony to run up the side of a mountain to grab stray calves.

Horses have been getting along just fine since the dawn of time with men as their main riders. You forget it was only more recently that women were really permitted to ride in open society. And horses are bigger now. The equine species has evolved carrying heavier men through it's entire evolution.

Stop worrying!

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