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post #11 of 18 Old 03-01-2014, 07:20 PM
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I hope you hear back soon and your journey back to the saddle is a good one. As a nurse of 20 yrs I will say that fit people come in all sizes. Sounds like you are already being physically active and that is a good thing. I am sure you will find a horse that fits you.
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post #12 of 18 Old 03-01-2014, 08:02 PM
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Have you heard back from any?
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perhaps, if any have doubts, you could offer to demonstrate to them your ability to ride without mashing the back of the horse.

it's always a matter of degree. i mean, a truly heavy rider cannot take too much exception if she is not allowed to ride a horse thought to be unable to comfortably bear her weight. we have to be realistic. but, as someone said, 180 to 210 lb. men ride all the time on average horses, and no one bats an eye.
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Good news! I found a h/j barn and will have my first lesson on Friday! They sound very open-minded and relaxed about things. Hoping it will be just as relaxed in person!

Thanks again for your encouraging words and I'll update everyone after Friday!
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Awesome Katt!! I look forward to hearing about your lesson
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My gosh people are idiots! You are not too heavy to be riding a horse. If their horses couldn't carry your weight, I feel like there might be something wrong with their horses, ie out of shape, too long backed. Have you seen some of the guys that rope? Not only are they huge, the horse is carrying a heavy roping saddle and stopping a decent sized animal that doesn't want to be stopped.

I have ridden most of my life, at my heaviest, I was 234lbs, I rode a large mare with good bone, but that wasn't always the case. I never sored up a horse.

I am glad you found a barn and an instructor! Looking forward to hearing how it went!

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post #17 of 18 Old 03-08-2014, 02:29 PM
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Soooo? How did it go? :)
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post #18 of 18 Old 03-24-2014, 11:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Katt View Post
Hi all.

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?)
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