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        08-31-2013, 04:03 AM
      #21
    Yearling
    I'm about 220 as well. It's less a question of your weight than if you're balanced while you're up there and know how to move. One thing to be aware of is that if you weigh more it's easier to make a horse fall if you pull him off-balance. Just remember to grab the mane rather than the mouth if you need to steady yourself while you're learning!
         
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        08-31-2013, 05:41 AM
      #22
    Foal
    No you don't look to big for them at all, just watch the horse for any sign of discomfort. Horse riding will help a lot in losing weight as well, its great exercise and really toning. Have fun!
         
        08-31-2013, 09:43 AM
      #23
    Trained
    I would take them on walks as opposed to exercising them primarily in the round pen. It's amazing what a good long walk on the ground (and being made to behave) can do for a horse's attitude and your confidence. Round pens are all well and good, but shouldn't be your only avenue of exercise.

    Otherwise I agree with everyone else. The horses need more muscling and a bit of weight first, but otherwise you aren't too heavy at all. My ex was 220 and rode with me regularly. Have fun! Walkers are wonderful horses as a general rule.
         
        08-31-2013, 01:34 PM
      #24
    Foal
    I normally take her for walks around the pasture, I am still trying to get her out of the habit of looking for her buddy, she doesn't go anywhere unless she is in sight of him. I started teaching her manners today.
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        08-31-2013, 02:35 PM
      #25
    Weanling
    Congrats to you on your goals to lose weight! As for you being too big to rides these horses, NO.
    But I agree that they need more conditioning and muscling up before any long rides.
    A good alfalfa mix hay will help and or some grain like triple crown with a good balance of proteins, minerals, and vitamins needed for them. (I like a TC Low starch for mine but do your homework for what is needed for your horses)
    You can use cavalletti's (trotting poles) to build up the top line on your horses in the round pen, walking, gaiting, and cantering for short periods of times will help then you can increase within a few weeks of time.
    It won't take long for all of you to get into condition :)

    Congrats on your beautiful horses and ENJOY them!
         
        08-31-2013, 03:37 PM
      #26
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by FirstTymeHorseOwner    
    I normally take her for walks around the pasture, I am still trying to get her out of the habit of looking for her buddy, she doesn't go anywhere unless she is in sight of him. I started teaching her manners today.
    if you can figure out how to keep her from looking for her buddy --- let me know
         
        08-31-2013, 04:46 PM
      #27
    Trained
    The best thing for herd sourness is work, work, and more work. Believe me, I have two that are ridiculously attached and if I ride or walk them each 2-3 times a week it's pretty manageable. However, if I go two weeks with nothing they are right back to crazy land.
         
        09-01-2013, 10:08 PM
      #28
    Foal
    I'm going to start walking them together at first and then slowly wean her off of constantly looking for him by getting my dad to walk her pal and then get him to go in another direction. I realized it was going to be crazy trying to separate them when we took her out of the pasture and the male went crazy and reared up slightly almost knocking my nephew over...his focus was directly on her and what was happening.

    The other two in the pasture are exactly the same...Wherever the male goes the female is sure to follow. It is amazing how close those two are. In the barn they are always shoulder to rump or grooming one another. They are 16 and 15 I think and have been together for a while.

    I just wish we had somewhere that we could separate the two big ones. Every time I do something to one all the others crowd around us.
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