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