Originally Posted by Katt
Thank you SO much for your supportive feedback. Because of your kind words, I've called two barns. Haven't heard back from them yet, but I am summoning up the courage to be honest about my weight when they do!
I really never thought I'd ever get back in the saddle again and I'm so excited that maybe I can!
In the meantime, do you all think I should be looking at particular breeds? I'm just dabbling around looking at horses to buy, but wonder if sticking with Fresians or Percherons, draft horses in general is probably the safest bet???
Thanks again everyone!!!!
Draft horses aren't always bred for riding conformation, so even though the assumption is that heavier riders should have a draft it isn't necessarily always the case. In my personal experience, focus less on the breed than on the way the horse is built. I have always been a plus sized rider, and for years I owned and rode a TB that looked more like a foundation stock type mare. She was fit and never suffered from a sore back. It wasn't until I sold her and she was retrained as a barrel racer that she had joint issues! You want to stay away from long backs, those long delicate pasterns on some of the light breeds, and horses with major conformation issues. Also, some horses are more surefooted than others and seem to carry weight far easier. (ever seen a big cowboy on a 14 hand mustang?)