10-25-2010, 07:05 PM
| || | My little Arab is 14.3hh and only about 850lbs (over 900 when she's fat). I usually weigh about 180lbs, although recently I somehow climbed over 200lbs. She's been carrying me for 7 years now, I broke her in as a 4 year old (weighed less then), and been riding her ever since. And I ride HARD. You'd think my weight would slow her down some with my 30lb Western Saddle to boot, but she's an Arab and ain't nothin going to slow her down!
I wouldn't be concerned - I won't ride the 14hh pony anymore because she is VERY honest about telling me how she feels with my fat arse on her. Listening to the animal is a big part of it - if you FEEL they're struggling or winded or behaving in a way they wouldn't otherwise with a lighter rider, it may be time to examine. But for the most part, horses are a lot tougher then we give them credit for.
Look at cutting horses - they're built quite light and agile and routinely have at least 300lbs on their back with a big cowboy and his gear!