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post #1 of 58 Old 08-12-2008, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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am I too big? (be nice but honest)

I have a 16.2hh tb gelding that weights about 1150 lbs. And I weigh about 245 lbs. Am I too big for him? I am losing weight. But I am just wondering. He doesnt act like im too big for him. I mean he still bucks and loves to run with me. Please don't be too hard on me. Here are a few pics of us... we are on a decline.



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post #2 of 58 Old 08-12-2008, 01:07 PM
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I don't think you're too big for him. :)
& if you are losing weight then I also wouldn't worry about it. Very cute horse!

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post #3 of 58 Old 08-12-2008, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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thanks. I have lost 5 lbs in like 3 weeks. Jaspy wubs hims mommy

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post #4 of 58 Old 08-12-2008, 01:12 PM
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I think you look great!

Take a look at me, Im much bigger than you, and I'm riding. Yesterday I rode a smaller horse than I normally ride, and we did just fine.

Good luck on the weight loss, We have a Rider's Weight Support Group thread going in the fillies section, you'll find support there as well.

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post #5 of 58 Old 08-12-2008, 01:24 PM
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I'm a big gal too. We take a break every hour, she never seems sore or have any other health issues. I'm feel bad for my little Vida so I'm working on losing weight.
My main worry is I'm 5'8" and she is 14.3. I kinda look like I'm on a pony but I wouldn't trade her for the world.


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post #6 of 58 Old 08-12-2008, 01:34 PM
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16.2? You must be pretty darn tall! I like a horse that fills up my leg a bit more, to be honest; something where my heel doesn't hang below the horses barrel the way yours is in these pictures. But to your original question, he shouldn't have any problems carrying you. Good luck!
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post #7 of 58 Old 08-12-2008, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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im like 5ft 11

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post #8 of 58 Old 08-12-2008, 04:52 PM
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I think you look fine. If your losing weight, then all the better, but really, you guys look great. =]

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post #9 of 58 Old 08-12-2008, 09:43 PM
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I really can't say, but if you are concerned at all, it's more important to think of the psi on the horse's back than the total weight. A good, well-fitting saddle that spreads the weight can make a huge difference to how much any horse can carry. I've read that a horse can take 30% of his weight, but I don't have any experience in that.
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post #10 of 58 Old 08-12-2008, 10:16 PM
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Your fine and the horse looks like he deals with your weight fine. I always find it interesting that a woman with a little weight on her gets worried, yet these muscled out cowboys ride these small QHs in reining events and such and no one bats an eye. Muscles weight more than weight and some of those boys aren't small not to mention they are doing quite a bit more than some fun trail riding.
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