Can TB carry weight ?

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    07-13-2012, 07:39 PM
Can TB carry weight ?

This is a question I would never post on a UK forum because TB are only supposed to carry 10 stone in the UK

However on this forum I know I will get an honest sensible answer to my question :). The reason I am asking is I have always believed TB to be completely scatty and most of the ones I have met have been. How ever my 16 year old daughter has just bought a great 15.2hh reschooled ex racehorse who is only 5 but more sensible headed than some of my ponies. He is her first horse :)

In the UK ex racehorses do not fetch much money. This year I have learned to canter and want to start jumping once I have this under my belt I was contemplating perhaps buying my first riding club type horse ie one that can show,do lower level dressage and jump or small x country course.

Could a larger rider, have a ex racehorse TB or would I be to heavy I have alway ridden Native ponies up till now.As they are weight carrier and cope well with me. But after meeting my daughters new horse I am planning ahead a few years that maybe I could get a reschooled ex race horse and do lower level competitions maybe.......

What do you guys think? Possible or not?

If your larger and ride a TB post your pics please :)
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    07-14-2012, 07:41 PM
I live in Canada, and I've always owned OTTBs!

I'm about 225lbs, so I weigh about 15 stone (or something to that effect), and my TB's have never been an issue. I'm fairly tall, 5'8, so I tend to ride the taller horses. I have never had a TB below 15.3h.

Currently I own a 12 year old TB who is my angel. He's very forgiving, and is a great athlete. We jump (will add photos below), do dressage, hack, and we're even trying our hand at western sports! I've never had a more well rounded, well mannered, gentleman as a partner!

... No doubt some TBs are nuts though. But you always get a few nutters, no matter what breed :)
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    07-18-2012, 12:40 PM
As with all horses, I don't feel like this is a simple yes or no answer as to whether a whole breed can be weight carriers. The answer I usually give is: it depends on the horse.

There are more important things than height or breed - sure some breeds are known for encompassing characteristics that lend them to be better weight bearers than other breeds. Strong, short back, wide loin, good bone would be the primary things that I would look for. :)
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    08-12-2012, 07:17 AM
My husband who weighs 245lb, and is almost 6'4' has ridden the same thoroughbred for the last 11 years. While DB at 20 is having some medical issues, NONE of them are connected to a problem carrying weight. He's always been a calm, well mannered gentleman with a quarter horse brain in a thoroughbred body.

The answer you are looking for is "it depends." If you are considering jumping, I would be especially concerned with finding good bone density and thickness in the legs. Jumping with a heavy person can be a concern. I've NEVER been able to successfully compare stones to pounds so I have no frame of reference. My husband does NOT jump. Hope this helps.
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    08-12-2012, 08:45 PM
Thank you for your replies I decided against a TB and instead I am going to breed my very own weight carrying Highland pony out of the beautiful mare I was only a few weeks ago giffted by her owner

14.2 of pure sold highland pony I just now she is going to produce me some very nice fola for the future :)Meet Belle my new mare or as my daughter say her new sofa lol

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    08-12-2012, 08:58 PM
I believe the general "rule" of whether or not you'll be too much for the horse is if your more than 25% of the horses weight- Which can be a load of bull-hunky, but isn't a bad place to start.

Some people will argue this percent within 5%-give or take-

So if the horse weighs 1000pds you times it by .25 to get 250pds
Or some people within 30% so that's 300pds

Like others have said it really depends on the horse though ;)

Sorry for the American Math! Lol
    08-13-2012, 10:33 AM
Oh bless! How cute is she?!
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    08-13-2012, 03:40 PM
What a Tank! She reminds me of Mr. Big Stuff. (my horse)
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    08-13-2012, 05:15 PM
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TB's and weight

I'd say it depends a lot on the TB but my husband is definitely over 10 stone and his last two horses in the UK were TB's and had no trouble carrying him at all. The bay was a son of Nijinsky that we paid 100GBP for and he was a really easy horse to ride despite having raced and point to pointed. He'd just come back into work after some time off recovering from an injury (not related to weight carrying) in the photo here which is why he was a lot chubbier than usual!!!
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    08-15-2012, 11:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Fellpony    
Thank you for your replies I decided against a TB and instead I am going to breed my very own weight carrying Highland pony out of the beautiful mare I was only a few weeks ago giffted by her owner

14.2 of pure sold highland pony I just now she is going to produce me some very nice fola for the future :)Meet Belle my new mare or as my daughter say her new sofa lol
She is a lovely mare but unless you have experience of dealing with issues of foaling and handling a foal through to it being ready to break then I would urge you to maybe just spend a year with this mare and having some fun riding her before you make up your mind about breeding. If she's an older mare and not had a foal before then there could be complications. Breeding done properly is a costly business and after 4 years there is no guarantee that the resulting horse will suit your needs
The UK has the same problems as the US with an overflow of unwanted horses and ponies that are ending up going for slaughter. The last few copies of the Horse & Hound I've read have had pleas from rescue centres for homes for horses as they are so full they are having to consider euthanising older ones to make room for young, sound, abandoned horses. If you have room & experience and want a young horse to bring on then why not consider offering a home to one that is already born and needs a chance

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