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I have to Ask! Plus Sized riders + Arabians = ?

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        12-11-2012, 09:37 PM
      #41
    Green Broke
    Off balanced and 'parked out' kinda?
         
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        12-11-2012, 09:39 PM
      #42
    Green Broke
    I am asking because there is a pretty large lady at the barn riding a very narrow QH and it makes me a little nervous for him. :(
         
        12-11-2012, 09:45 PM
      #43
    Showing
    Generally, a tolerant horse will tolerate the too-heavy rider but there are still signs. Traveling hollow, it's especially obvious if they don't travel hollow under a lighter rider, difficulty trotting/loping for any time at all, they may stand splay-legged with all 4 legs spread out in order to keep from falling over (or at least that's the way it looks). Generally, they will also show signs of discomfort in their faces; flared nostrils, widened eyes, ears trained toward the rider, just a general expression of "This is not okay", much like he look on the gray horse GH posted. If all those signs are ignored, the next thing that pops up is soreness in the back and limbs, even in spite of well-fitted tack.
         
        12-11-2012, 09:47 PM
      #44
    Green Broke
    Thank you. :)
         
        12-11-2012, 10:18 PM
      #45
    Yearling
    There is a lady in our riding group who is upwards of 300lbs with tack and rides her little 14hh straight egyptian arabs regularly....she doesn't use any type of mounting aid and literally pulls her horses off balance when mounting (they take steps sideways and brace against her weight) and actually make a grunt noise when she sits in the saddle and after she dismounts. Looks just like the guy in the pics with the gray arab. Yes, she is aware of all of this but still continues to ride about 4-5 times a week in the evenings, about an hour (5 mile loop).

    She complains that she can't get her horses to canter for her - she showed us once - they just trot harder, heads go up -they brace and looks as if it ramrods her spine. She's had to have back surgery due to the constant 'beating she takes from her horses' (her exact words).

    I think all of the opinions on here are good ones - at least the op is willing to listen to everyone - I wish the person I mentioned above was as open-minded.
         
        12-11-2012, 10:23 PM
      #46
    Banned
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by clippityclop    
    There is a lady in our riding group who is upwards of 300lbs with tack and rides her little 14hh straight egyptian arabs regularly....she doesn't use any type of mounting aid and literally pulls her horses off balance when mounting (they take steps sideways and brace against her weight) and actually make a grunt noise when she sits in the saddle and after she dismounts. Looks just like the guy in the pics with the gray arab. Yes, she is aware of all of this but still continues to ride about 4-5 times a week in the evenings, about an hour (5 mile loop).

    She complains that she can't get her horses to canter for her - she showed us once - they just trot harder, heads go up -they brace and looks as if it ramrods her spine. She's had to have back surgery due to the constant 'beating she takes from her horses' (her exact words).

    I think all of the opinions on here are good ones - at least the op is willing to listen to everyone - I wish the person I mentioned above was as open-minded.
    People like that live in such a sick state of denial........
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        12-11-2012, 10:44 PM
      #47
    Foal
    Whew some of the comments in here.... I am a plus sized rider but maybe the plus sized forum is not for me ha.

    I have ALWAYS been a plus sized rider, however I am bigger now than I have ever been in my life, working on this. Loads of medical problems and personal things that have attributed to my weight over the years.

    I don't ask too much of any horse that I ride and I would never personally ride an arabian. I'm just too much to ask of a horse that small. I have always longed for a Paso Fino but I know that at this point in my life that is out of the question.

    I have a paint, 2 qh's, and 2 saddle horses that I can ride. He has one small draft build mutt horse but he is in no shape to ride currently.

    I know I'm a big girl, I always have been, but I don't see anything wrong with riding a horse if they can comfortably support the weight. And I get very defensive over people who think no one over 180 should ever ride a horse.

    Just my personal opinion on things :)
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        12-12-2012, 12:34 AM
      #48
    Green Broke
    Oh sorry if you got the wrong impression! I don't think that is what the point was at all, just that you should know thy horse, and the horses capability.
    I have an arab, and my trainer is probably about 250lbs or so, and he carries her with ease. Canter and all. :) He can even manage some crow hops. ;)
    It really depends on the horse and the rider I think.
    Sorry if you felt bad, it wasn't the intention I am sure!!!

    In fact, arabians are a breed that is known for strength and stamina! I have also heard that shorter back breeds support weight better.
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        01-14-2013, 09:59 PM
      #49
    Showing
    It's not just a matter of weight but how it is distributed on the horse. A substantial woman carries a lot of top weight as well as her middle and out behind. This exceeds the area where a horse best carries weight as the saddle has to be longer. An english saddle, rule of thumb, should have a hand's width between the rider's butt and the back edge of the cantle. The length of the saddle would likely be too long.
         
        01-14-2013, 10:35 PM
      #50
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    It's not just a matter of weight but how it is distributed on the horse. A substantial woman carries a lot of top weight as well as her middle and out behind. This exceeds the area where a horse best carries weight as the saddle has to be longer. An english saddle, rule of thumb, should have a hand's width between the rider's butt and the back edge of the cantle. The length of the saddle would likely be too long.
    Now that is a complicated and strange theory

    A substantial woman could be 6' 4" heavily muscled, and have a small tush, not all of us are big bosomed and big butted.

    Yes you make a valid point about length of saddle v length of horses back v size of riders butt, BUT generalisations just upset everyone.
         

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