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        04-21-2012, 11:13 AM
    Smile A little advice please =)

    Hi, just wondering if you guys could give me some advice? I was supposed to get a Irish draught x Shire in September, but has to pull out as we are moving home.

    I'm currently 20 stone (approx 280lbs). I am on a diet at the moment, so loosing weight.

    I was thinking of getting a pure shire, but I know they cost a lot, and it's hard to find tack for them. But I love the breed, because they're big and gentle. (and of course beautiful)

    So, I was wondering what other breed of horse would take my weight. I love tall, big horses, so i'd prefer someing that'd grow 15hh or over, and are likely to be friendly.

    I'd be very greatful of any advice!!

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        04-21-2012, 11:27 AM
    Oh, if it helps at all, i'm 5'8 tall.
        04-22-2012, 12:24 PM
    Have you thought of a Shire cross
        04-25-2012, 07:35 AM
    Tall does not necessarily = good for weight bearing. It is a common misconception that full drafts are always a good choice for a heavier rider. It does not matter if you ride a 15hh or an 18hh horse as long as they have good bone, a short back and a strong loin coupling.

    Traditionally, here in NA, pure drafts are bred quite long and lean if they are "hitch" or show bred - you might find working bred drafts to be a bit more suitable. Mine is a (what we presume) percheron cross of some type but she has such a short back that a western saddle to fit her that doesn't interfere with her hips is difficult to find!
        04-25-2012, 01:03 PM
    You should look at percheron crosses - I love them. I've worked with several and they've all been very willing and super loveable ;) .....and I'm just partial to percherons!!!
        04-25-2012, 02:44 PM
    Mules are the best for heavier riders. Their backs are usually naturally stronger, and I really recomend one :)
        04-25-2012, 03:35 PM
    You can get a regisitered shire filly for like 1.5k
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        04-25-2012, 03:46 PM
    Also, you'd probably do a lot better with something with a short(er) back and short legs. I wouldn't go for tall long legs, unless they're wide and thick.

    Good luck on horse finding!
        04-25-2012, 03:50 PM
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    A mule! What a great idea!

    Belgiam QH cross are somewhat common in NA. I bet that would work.
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        04-25-2012, 04:01 PM
    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    A mule! What a great idea!

    Belgiam QH cross are somewhat common in NA. I bet that would work.

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