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post #1 of 9 Old 03-23-2012, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
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Horse for the bigger built man?

Hi, my husband and I are looking for a horse for him, and I am somewhat concerned about getting the right size horse for him. He weighs around 280 and is at least 6' tall...any suggestions on size and weight range we need to be looking in? Thanks!

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post #2 of 9 Old 03-23-2012, 10:55 AM
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A roping bred QH would work around 15.1 or 15.2 and built. They can go all day and haul anything.
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Well, for what its worth, I am 6'4", 275#, built like a brick outhouse.
My horse is 16.2 hands, 1300#, and wide as a bus.
She's a bit out of shape after being off for the winter, but we're both working on getting that winter fat off ourselves.
I looked at draft crosses in the 16h and larger range, and came across Makana by accident.
When we first met, I knew on the spot she was meant for me.
Search far and wide, and you'll find the right horse for him.
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Hi, my husband and I are looking for a horse for him, and I am somewhat concerned about getting the right size horse for him. He weighs around 280 and is at least 6' tall...any suggestions on size and weight range we need to be looking in? Thanks!
I few things to think of for him. Think about color (not always the best thing to do, but may keep him wanting to ride it). If you get him a paint and he don't like it he wont ride much, if he isnt a avid rider already. And before looking at a breed make sure he likes it. You want to make sure he is happy with the horse so he will want to ride it more.
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post #5 of 9 Old 03-23-2012, 12:26 PM
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Some articles for reading:

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How Much Weight Can Your Horse Safely Carry?

With the horses I've had - not many, but they've all been fairly small - there is a noticiable change in how they move when your weight gets near 30% of their weight. So I'd look for:

1 - A good tempered horse. That will cover a multitude of sins.

2 - Short, thick back.

3 - Thick legs for the size horse.

4 - Around 1200+ lbs weight.

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A nice sturdy cob would work well too, if he doesn't want a QH. I've seen 14.2-15 hh cobs toting around large men for hours without seeming to mind.

Another factor to consider is how long/often is he going to ride? If he wants to ride hard, you're going to want an already-conditioned, strudy QH or even a draft cross. If he just wants to go on trail rides or mucking around the land, a 15hh paint or normal QH will probably do him just fine.

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this person is selling a draft horse.

BC, Canada - big, beautiful, friendly Shire gelding
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post #9 of 9 Old 03-23-2012, 04:05 PM
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That's not real big for a rider. Most horses over 15 hands will be able to handle him without issue.

Stay away from the pencil thin horses.

Arabs can carry more weight then most other horses thier size.

My horse is 15.2 hands, 1/2 Arab, 1/2 Saddlebred and he hauls my fat rear out for hours and hours of trail riding. Last summer we had several six hour trail rides and he came home barely damp. Oh, and I am 5'7" and weight significantly more than your husband.

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