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post #21 of 24 Old 08-20-2012, 12:28 PM
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Go for it and feel confident in your skills!! A Fjord is a sturdy horse. You will be fine! Have fun!
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post #22 of 24 Old 08-30-2012, 10:35 AM
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My behind is as wide as my horse's....

& the vet & farrier both say that we're a perfect match. I weigh 218# at 5'3" & Callie is 14hh, barely, & we do fine. She's is a Morgan mix, maybe Arab, maybe Quarter. No one really knows. I'm even a very inexperienced rider & Callie never has any problem. I wear out long before she does. So far we only ride in the roundpen or the arena where the footing is soft, but the only recommendation I got from the vet was to start out slow & just be aware of any signs of fatigue. The farrier just said to use a mounting block to mount without pulling on her or flopping down on her back.

I have a friend who trains Arabs & he has me come ride regularly to teach a couple of his horses better balance & to pay attention to their foot placement. I don't know about that, but he seems to think it helps. Maybe they're just grateful to have his skinny behind back in the saddle after me.

I am very self-conscious about my weight, but it doesn't have to get in the way of my love of horses or a lifelong dream of having a horse. Don't let it get in your way.

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post #23 of 24 Old 08-30-2012, 03:22 PM
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& the vet & farrier both say that we're a perfect match. I weigh 218# at 5'3" & Callie is 14hh, barely, & we do fine. She's is a Morgan mix, maybe Arab, maybe Quarter. No one really knows. I'm even a very inexperienced rider & Callie never has any problem. I wear out long before she does. So far we only ride in the roundpen or the arena where the footing is soft, but the only recommendation I got from the vet was to start out slow & just be aware of any signs of fatigue. The farrier just said to use a mounting block to mount without pulling on her or flopping down on her back.

I have a friend who trains Arabs & he has me come ride regularly to teach a couple of his horses better balance & to pay attention to their foot placement. I don't know about that, but he seems to think it helps. Maybe they're just grateful to have his skinny behind back in the saddle after me.

I am very self-conscious about my weight, but it doesn't have to get in the way of my love of horses or a lifelong dream of having a horse. Don't let it get in your way.
hiya im glad your rideing and enjoying your dream of rideing horses it great to hear people and horses enjoying them selfs.
i wish you the best you and your horse had happy rideing.
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post #24 of 24 Old 09-07-2012, 11:33 AM
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honey, there are men trainers out there that weigh more than you, riding horses not near as stockily built- just fine might I add. So you carry the weight differently than they do. as long as you are fit enough to get the job done I say go for it.

I ( pre preg)weigh 160-165 (don't look like it, Im built like a brick sh*t house- been that way since puberty) on a 5'4" frame...add to that the weight of my saddle/gear (approx 40 LBs)...you do the math. I ride a 14.1 QH who I wouldnt consider overly stocky. she can pack my butt all day long- heck she can carry my 190 lb hubs+gear all day long no problems.

Also Had an arab cross mare (for 13 years) who was dainty (approx 750 #) and she had no problems with packing me around either AND I rode her hard and long in her younger days...shes living with the older couple I previously boarded with as she and the b/o wife are just two peas in a pod- they spoil the crud out of her, and continue to ride her (b/o w is no skinny mini either) as she is/stays perfectly sound/happy and shes nearing 30.

I am in the minority that thinks that people just dont give the horse enough credit on what they are capable of. Horses should be treated on an individual level as far as carrying weight. Ride, assess and if the horse is doing fine, carry on.
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