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post #11 of 47 Old 03-09-2012, 11:09 PM
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My friend runs a trail riding stable and most of her horses have a low weight limit only because they are either built like ponies or are old. One of her geldings she only allows 100lbs. on the days she chooses to use him, but she has one horse she will lets carry 220lbs. It really does depend on the horse. You are no means heavy at all. I don't know what the case was with those farms, but with healthy young horses there is no reason to have the weight limit that low.
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post #12 of 47 Old 03-09-2012, 11:24 PM
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For the longest three years of my life, I didn't own a horse. During that time, I took everyone out and we rented horses. I had just gotten out of the military at the time, so though I was not overweight by military standards, I was still 170 pounds of muscle. With us, we had a total of three people who were well over 200 pounds - with one woman was closer to 300.

It took the rental place a lot of shuffling but they found horses for everyone. The youngest rider, my daughter who was only 4 was ponied. The only trouble we had was the the only person with no riding experience was placed on the back horse - who promptly stopped and ate grass.

I also know that at least one of the horse rental places on the beach has draft horses so they can accomodate the 300+ pound riders.

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post #13 of 47 Old 03-09-2012, 11:28 PM
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gee this sounds suprisingly familiar to a problem i was having.. and your weight limits where you were living are lower than the ones i found.. and when I said I found a couple of barns with 150 limits, people called me crazy, that no barn would have a weight limit that low, but sadly they are out there, so i feel your pain, although your much lighter than me
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post #14 of 47 Old 03-10-2012, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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I totally understand that some horses can only take a certain weight. It was more of just a blow to MY self esteem seeing as it's taken me a long time to muster up the courage to even call a place When I was a teenager and 130lbs, I remember being too big for some horses as well. It's just sucks to get your hopes up about riding and be "rejected"... I gotta put on my big girl pants though. I found a place today that has horses who can handle my weight! Only draw back is they are a little further than I wanted to drive.
Thanks everyone for your input Not giving up!!
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post #15 of 47 Old 03-10-2012, 02:38 PM
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You obviously rang up places that only give pony rides. Find a place that teaches adults lessons as well, on proper size horses.
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post #16 of 47 Old 03-10-2012, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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You obviously rang up places that only give pony rides. Find a place that teaches adults lessons as well, on proper size horses.
One of the places I called I had actually e-mailed beforehand and asked if they specifically gave "ADULT" lessons. The guy responded saying yes and to give him a call!
Welp, different story when I called LOL I should of asked why they advertised adult lessons if you have to be under 120! Oh well.
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post #17 of 47 Old 03-10-2012, 02:55 PM
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Ok so they only give adult who are under 5'2" lessons? Because that is the healthy weight minimum for a person (woman) that height, anyone taller weighing 120lbs would be considered medically "emanicated". May I have the name & phone number of this stable?
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post #18 of 47 Old 03-12-2012, 10:46 AM
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While I think the 120 is a bit low, I have to commend barns that will set a limit. The wear and tear on a horses back is something many overweight riders simply don't want to hear, both in terms of their saddle fit, or the soreness issues the horse may be having.

And it could also be that by setting limit this low, they are avoiding the "I only weigh 10 lbs more" deal too.

And without seeing you of course I can't be sure, but is your balance badly off because of your weight. If you are 6 ft tall, and 169? Big difference from being 5 ft tall and 169 and your gait may show that?

Many variables here, as well as barn may have had horses ruined due to someone's weight and not be willing to chance that again.

And something else to consider is this.

They may have had such bad experiences with overweight riders they are simply not willing to deal with them anymore. What I am talking about, is the rider is not improving due more than anything else, to their weight.

They aren't posting, they are hauling themselves out of the saddle by the reins. Their weight issues ruin the saddles, since they are over the cantle and pommel, and the horses are sore backed after these riders are on them.

And those riders? 9 times out of 10 will reject any criticism about their riding, and refuse to do anything to correct it too. Or play the "oh you are mean" card when it is pointed out that weight does make a difference.

Not saying you are one of these, but the odds are very high that they have had people like that, and are simply avoiding it at all costs in the future.

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post #19 of 47 Old 03-12-2012, 10:50 AM
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That is the most redonkulous thing I have ever heard. Ever.

I'm slim, and 5ft7.. and well over 120!

Have you explained you CAN ride? There is a big difference between 169ilbs of non rider to 169ilbs of rider, IMO, if you can control yourself and not bounce on the horse's back why shouldn't you ride o.0

Hope you find a better barn!!
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post #20 of 47 Old 03-12-2012, 11:27 AM
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Where are you located? It is very likely someone here might be able to lithium in touch with barns more accommodating to what you are looking for
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