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    08-01-2013, 07:14 PM
rider weight

Okay this might be stupid but...
I just started my 16.3h saddlebred. Im not sure of his weight I've never weighed him...
Anyway, I'm 140lbs. I've noticed in my pictures of me riding him he looks like I'm too heavy! He sways his back when I'm on him.
Could it be because he doesn't have much of a topline yet? I've only put about, 30hours in him so far..
I just feel bad, he doesn't seem uncomfortable he really loves being ridden..

Sorry if its a stupid question.
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    08-01-2013, 07:18 PM
Also thinking:
I don't think he is "engaging his hind end" but we aren't at the point to learn that yet. I don't think anyway.
    08-01-2013, 07:23 PM
You are NOT too heavy for such a hrose. No way. Saddlebreds often have more of a curve to their backs, longer backs, a higher set neck and thus conformationally it's harder for them to engage in the way that makes the pelvis tuck under and flatten out the back (raise the topline).

You will want to work on that, but to worry that this is due to your weight is something to lay to rest, ok?
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    08-01-2013, 07:24 PM
Can you show us these pictures? In general I'd say there's no way that at 140 lbs you're too heavy for any horse. THAT SAID, some horses just can't handle weight like others can, be it because they're lacking muscle or there's some sort of soreness in their back that needs to be addressed. Saddle fit could also be a huge huge issue but again, without pictures nobody can really help you.

And engaging the hind end isn't typically something you'll achieve after 30 days, so don't be too concerned.
    08-01-2013, 07:32 PM
Okay thanks Tiny.
I know it was dumb. I just wanted to make sure I wasnt' going to break him. I'll try working on the hind end thing when we get further along.

Over time will he develop lardosis because he is long backed? As of now his back is super strait. No sign of a sway at all. My vet doesn't think so.

If you remember he had very upright pasterns but my trimmer has been working on reforming his feet and they are way more relaxed than when I first got him.. I'm justa worry wort. :p
    08-01-2013, 07:35 PM
His saddle fits. I can post pics later. He does not get sore anymore, the first few times of riding he was but I check him all the time. I'm seriously paranoid, and I just care about him a lot. Haha
    08-01-2013, 07:38 PM
I think that a sway that is genetically part of his build is a bit different from one that develops over time from bad saddle fit or bad riding. But, there are things you can do to help support him, such as being certain that you have a good saddle fit, riding correctly, working up and down hills, working over trot poles or cavaletti.
Things that actually strengthen the abdominal muscles, since they are what supports the back
Enough stuff to keep you occupied for years! Not to worry about doing it all at once, though. You are just getting started.

Oh, I forgot an important part: fun. Be sure to have fun!
    08-01-2013, 07:40 PM
Have you had him checked by a chiro? (That is, if what you're seeing is actually happening when it's your own horse it's easy to see strain that isn't actually there).

Jackson has an insanely long back too, he's 100% sound and has been for 90% of the time I've had him but when I FIRST bought him he was always quite stiff. He sees a chiro every so often because he has a long back and because I'm just as paranoid, and now he doesn't have any issues.
    08-01-2013, 07:40 PM
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If there is a problem its not with your weight. He may have a back or saddle issue being aggravated by your weight. I'm 223 lbs and my 15.1 mare packs me around like I'm not even there.
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    08-01-2013, 07:46 PM
He's also new to this whole 'riding' business isn't he? If I were a horse I'd probably try to evade the new weight on my back too by acting a little 'weird' if I wasn't used to it. Some horses lash out, some run from the pressure, etc. even after 30hrs of riding time he could still just be learning his balance.

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