Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: State of Confusion (SC)
My husband is 6'3" and about 250 lbs. He rides a 16+hh OTTB and has for the last 11 years. You have 2 issues...height and weight. The weight isn't a problem for a horse built to carry weight. You want a lot of bone in the legs and a short back. In fact, a shorter horse with a lower center of gravity should work even better than a tall horse for weight. Your fiance's long legs help distribute his weight better than a short, heavy person and make it easier for the horse to balance him. You also want to be sure that he knows how to balance that weight on a horse and that he isn't bouncing up and down on the horse's back.
With as tall as he is, and long legs, he probably is going to look awkward on a shorter horse. My husband has ridden my 14.2 hand racking horse who is basically a small tank and the horse handled it fine. It just looked absolutely stupid!!! And Jim insisted that he felt he was being split in two (He's used to the narrower OTTB) Because your husband is so tall, he really ought to look at taller, stout horses. A percheron isn't necessary, a foundation quarter horse or any solidly built horse should be able to handle him and a saddle fine. But look at the horse's conformation very carefully. You want a short back with strong loins and NO leg issues because his weight will only exacerbate any existing problems.
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