Originally Posted by krikitlove45
Thanks for all of the help! Would it hurt to put them on her? I'm fat and probably a little too big for her (working on losing weight though! Down 10lbs!) and I'm just really worried about stressing her legs out. My mom bought me a pair of the SMBs for my birthday (when I mentioned maybe buying a pair she caved and told me that she'd already bought them lol). I don't want to hurt her feelings and take them back, so if it won't hurt her to wear them I'll probably just keep them. Thanks again for everyones help!
I believe you said she is 4 years old.
Whether you are too heavy of a rider for your horse depends on a few things. Breed of horse (a stockier horse is going to handle more weight than a finer horse), height and weight of horse, physical condition of horse, and in part, age of horse. Plus, it also depends how good of a rider you are. A 300-pound rider who always stays well-positioned and balanced in the saddle is actually better for a horse than a 100-pound rider whose butt is banging the seat of the saddle, they are off-balance, and moving their weight all over the place. So it make a difference on how good of a rider you are, when dealing with weight.
However, if you are indeed too heavy for your horse, I would be least concerned with "stressing her legs" and more concerned with stressing her back and stressing her growing joints.
Make sure you do keep the exercises somewhat light, as a 4-yr-old is still growing a ton when it comes to joints.
Why would you take the boots back? Just keep them until you actually need them.