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post #1 of 28 Old 09-16-2011, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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Question heavy rider and tbs......

hey i was just wondering what everyones opinion on this was...
i weigh 180 pound (82 kilos) and im looking at loaning a horse. i have found a 16hh Tb just round the corner from my house who would be perfect, but the owner only weighs 112 pounds and shes a bit worried about someone heavier riding him.. what are your opinions i understand tbs are a more lightweight type of horse and id probably be better suited to a stockier breed but hes just perfect location perfect discipline etc so was considering... soo what would you say if you were owner??
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post #2 of 28 Old 09-16-2011, 03:15 PM
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180 pounds is nothing, well for a normal size horse anyway, go for it.
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I ride a 16.0 hand quarter horse and I've ridden a 15.2 arab with NO issue. You weigh significantly less that I do, so I don't see a problem. The quarter horse has absolutely no issues what so ever carrying me...

here is a good article about horse and rider size/weight bearing capacity:
EighteenHands ~ How Big is Too Big? (The Great Weight Debate)

there are also 2 other articles referenced in that one. You can additionally do an internet search for "How much weight can a horse safely carry?" and ALOT of literature comes up.

a 16HH TB should have no problem carrying you. If the horse's rider is consistantly someone who is skinny, it just may be a matter of getting the horse used to extra weight (conditioning and easing into it before riding hard on the horse).

Often times thin poeple are not educated about weight issues and just need some information. If you can present material to her in a polite and professional way she may re consider....and you'd have opened her eyes up to the fact that big girls can ride too. At the end of the day some poeple are ignorant and closed minded to larger riders but hopefully this person isn't one of them.

best of luck

send her to my website or facebook fanpage...I have some videos of large riders competing in professional level cross country, low level dressage, and horse versatility games....she can see first hand that horses CAN carry 180 pounds, no sweat

best of luck....and let us know!


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post #4 of 28 Old 09-16-2011, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thankyou :) i dont think the owner is so much scared of hurting him, i think it is hammered into peoples brains over here in the uk .... when i was looking for a horse most ads would state *lightweight rider* or *rider no more than 10 stone*. the owner originaly stated she didnt want a rider of more than 11 stone and im about 12 1/2 stone... well see how it goes :)
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I've ridden a 14hh arab mare and a 14.2hh arab/saddlebred cross with no problems. I've also ridden a 13.3hh paint mare (fat little bugger) and she carried me with no problems. I weigh about the same you do. It all depends on how you carry yourself in the saddle and the amount of bone the horse has. A well-boned horse carrying a heavier rider with a good seat shouldn't have any problems.

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I rode my 16+hh TB gelding that my boss owns, and unfortunatly, I'm much more than 180lbs, and he could care less.... of course I didn't jump or anything like that, but even at a lope, he carried me well
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This horse will carry you with no problems. Most men weigh over 180 lbs and they ride all kinds of horses. Riding is not confined to a certain weight unless you want to take up riding minis, there you might have some problems.
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It's not just how much you weigh, but also how you carry that weight. For example, carrying around a stack of bricks of a certain weight feels more difficult than carrying around an awake child of the same weight. Beginner riders can bounce or flop around and act more like dead weight sometimes; a more advanced rider, even if he/she is heavier, should be easier for many horses to carry because the riders use their body weight to their best advantage to help the horse out.
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post #9 of 28 Old 09-16-2011, 10:26 PM
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I would say it would depend on the horse like if they have a weak back or not. My BO rides a TB and shes a larger lady and isn't particularly the best balanced, however this particular mare does not have a very good back either and therefor having the extra weight of my BO the mare tends to be in pain where as with the lighter riders she does a lot better. If this horse has a good strong back and you are a balanced rider I see absoultely no problem with you riding a TB :] Heck you could ride my 14.2 arab gelding with no problem :]

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post #10 of 28 Old 09-17-2011, 06:17 AM Thread Starter
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Thankyou all for your replies :) i do like to think i carry myself well :P i would say i am well balanced as some of the stuff my old mare (furia) used to do to me and i never fell i must have some balance in me haha but i supose at the end of the day it is up to his owner.... i really hope she doesnt think im too big for him maybe she thinks 10 stone is bigger than it is ill try and get some photos when i try him out and ill post it and see what you guys think :)
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