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post #1 of 24 Old 08-22-2014, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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does your barn have a weight limit?

I was looking at new barns to ride at and I saw one with a limit of 160lbs.That kind of suprised me to see a limit that low.It was a ridding barn lessons only no trail rides.Is it common for a barn to have a weight limit?Im from nj so you don't really see it at lesson barns unless they offer trail ridding.
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post #2 of 24 Old 08-22-2014, 11:09 AM
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I have not heard of many facilities with weight limits although this can be a safe way of telling people they cannot ride there without going into other explanations. The barn can always make exceptions if they care to.

I once rode at a facility in Portugal that listed a 170 pound weight limit which formerly was common with some cavalries. This barn taught high school movements which demanded precise balance. The facility allowed me to ride there even though I was pushing 200 pounds because they knew I was experienced and could sit correctly.
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post #3 of 24 Old 08-22-2014, 11:31 AM
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I have never heard of that in my area.
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post #4 of 24 Old 08-22-2014, 11:39 AM
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I've heard of it. Around here, we have "stables" instead of "barns", but I think the local ones have a 250 lb limit. I did some Internet searching once, and found some schools with limits as low as 140 lbs. Apparently they didn't accept many male riders. There are at least a couple of places in Arizona with 200 lb limits.
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post #5 of 24 Old 08-22-2014, 12:47 PM
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There is a barn near me that has a 150# limit for their riding students, I don't know if they take boarders or have the same limits if they do. I do think they cater mostly to children, so maybe they have more ponies than anything... I can understand a weight limit, but 150# seems really low. My quite thin and athletic boyfriend is still 175# and other than his legs being too long for very small/narrow horses, I consider him to be safe riding most horses, even without much experience.
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a #200 weight limit on trail riding outfits is not so rare. Some have a few horses that can do more. This is #200 PLUS the weight of the tack, which can be #30 or more.
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post #7 of 24 Old 08-22-2014, 01:32 PM
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Lots of UK riding schools have a limit around 14 stone.
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you might want to translate that to either pounds or kilograms.
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14 stone is equal to 196lbs or 88.9 Kg.

Most of the barns/ stables in my area have a maximum 250 pound weight limit. Some will make an exception to the rule for special occasions, or if you are a good rider.

My first trainer taught barrels/ gaming and she out of nearly everyone in my town volunteered to let a lady that was well over 300lbs ride her barrel horse as it was something along the lines of a 'make a wish' type program for adults with terminal illness. To my knowledge it was the one and only time that lady ever got to ride a horse. She took her out for about an hour long trail ride, never moved past a walk, but the look of shear happiness on that lady's face was priceless.
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post #10 of 24 Old 08-22-2014, 02:01 PM
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I wrangled for a dude ranch in the Rockies and their weight limit was 250 lbs.

We had some hefty draft crosses but those horses had to haul our butts 2000+ feet up the mountain every trail ride! Did not feel bad turning away someone who was over the limit.
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