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  • Are perchoron tb cross good horse's
  • Can a 16.1 hand thoroughbred hold 300 lbs

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    10-11-2012, 02:06 PM
  #941
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Originally Posted by elanorg    
If you actually read my posts properly you'd see that I said some, but not many could comfortably carry that weight. And no horse can carry 300lbs
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This time last year I was over 300lbs. I have a 16.2 hand Percheron/thoroughbred mare. She's well built and has had no problem with me in the 4 years I've owned her. 3 different vets, 2 well respected trainers, and 2 chiropractors have told me we're great together and my weight is no issue for her, even when I was 320lbs (I'm 280 now). It all depends on the horse and yes there are horses out there who can comfortably carry 320lbs.
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    10-11-2012, 04:44 PM
  #942
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Originally Posted by BurningAmber520    
This time last year I was over 300lbs. I have a 16.2 hand Percheron/thoroughbred mare. She's well built and has had no problem with me in the 4 years I've owned her. 3 different vets, 2 well respected trainers, and 2 chiropractors have told me we're great together and my weight is no issue for her, even when I was 320lbs (I'm 280 now). It all depends on the horse and yes there are horses out there who can comfortably carry 320lbs.
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Well you must have an amazing one as I have friends who breed them in england and wouldn't let someone over 250 on. They're bred to pull weight, not carry i'm afraid. Long termm carrying 300 would do damage. But well done for losing, carry on and i'm sure you'll be a great match and have loads of fun. I'd love a perchoron cross tb! Rather jealous!
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    10-11-2012, 05:11 PM
  #943
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I don't have an opinion one way or another about who rides what. I will say that I read everything I can get my hands on, and have learned some invaluable knowledge from Dr. Deb Bennett. If you have a horse, you should familiarize yourself with her work. She is a leading expert in equine anatomy and biomechanics. She is all about the horse and advocates that no horse should carry more than 200# for any length of time. No horse. You can agree with it or not, doesn't matter to me one way or the other.

If you are looking for a sturdy horse with the ability to manage a heavier than average load, the most important factor (aside from near perfect conformation) you should look for is a broad, strong coupling. If you don't know what that is, it would behoove you to educate yourself regarding equine anatomy.

The comments and insults on the other board are flat out disgusting. A little humanity goes a long way, folks. The quality of your posts reflect your character......or lack of.
     
    10-11-2012, 06:16 PM
  #944
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Originally Posted by Sahara    
The comments and insults on the other board are flat out disgusting. A little humanity goes a long way, folks. The quality of your posts reflect your character......or lack of.
THIS.

People are fine to have opinions about how much a horse should carry, etc. But there is absolutely NO NEED for such insulting, vulgar, tasteless comments like those on the H&H thread.

If they have gone ahead and formed an "All Americans are fatties" opinion, perhaps we should form an "All Europeans are snobbish twits" opinion. (No offense meant to the kind Europeans out there).

To ride or not to ride at certain weights with certain horses is a personal decision and, in the end, if a person makes a decision we disagree with there's absolutely nothing that can be done. I know for me, personally, I do not feel comfortable riding my 22 year old QH with back issues or my tiny 14H 29 year old Arab. I won't be riding my Shetland Ponies, not even for a few minutes for training purposes.

I will be riding my 16HH Paint. I'm no skinny minnie but also am not "plus sized." I would likely be considered heavy by many, particularly snobbish people who judge solely on appearances.

I will be completely honest in saying that there were a few pics in this thread that I thought perhaps the horse and rider were mismatched. As a majority, though, I felt most of the horses absolutely were comfortable carrying their riders. The only picture that made me "gasp" was the pic of a horse being ridden in something that looked like a rubber covered bike chain hackamore in their mouth... it seemed the rider was very uneducated as they also had the bridle on backwards. That has nothing to do with weight, though.
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    10-11-2012, 06:52 PM
  #945
Foal
Agreed nickelodeon, that's why I have never been on Marquis and will not, he's a 14.1hh Arab. Soundness issues before I got him but my vet and various farriers have cleared me to get on him, I will not. Nor have I been on my 16.2hh thoroughbred who has not been 100% sound and doesn't have a strong topline although I let my much lighter friend get on and walk her around some. I will stick to Kid who is 16.1hh, is fit, sound and has good conformation. Should he give me ANY indication that I am asking too much of him I will not get back on him. He's a drama queen about pain, acts like he's dying if he gets a scrape and thought the world was coming to an end when he got gelded. I am confident he would have no qualms about letting me know if I was hurting him in any way.
     
    10-11-2012, 09:16 PM
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Well, I guess if no horse should carry over 200 pounds, and no horse is capable of carrying 300 - I need to sell my horses and forget about riding...ever. I guess my vet - an equine specialist who works in collaboration with an equine chiropractor on some very high dollar performance horses wasted all his time in school, because he assured me that my horse could comfortably carry me for an hour or two over easy terrain. I weighed 300 at the time, and he knew it. But I guess that all his years of vet school and his equine practice can't compare with all of elanorg's vast expertise.

I guess I have wasted a lot of time seeking support from the other members of this forum, and have done loads of irreparable damage to my beloved mare. Being a plus sized person makes me less than human - and cruel to boot...?
     
    10-11-2012, 10:00 PM
  #947
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Originally Posted by dee    
Being a plus sized person makes me less than human - and cruel to boot...?
There are people who are very narrow in their views of what is OK and what isn't, and they are entitled to hold their views, but some of them are less than polite in the way they express them.

It is hard for all of us to both share ourselves by posting pics, and to be honest it is very very hard to feed back to others when you are yourself a fat rider.
     
    10-11-2012, 10:20 PM
  #948
Trained
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Originally Posted by elanorg    
Ok then 'expert', how exactly would you define and pick a weight carrier? Would be interested to know. The rule of thumb many quote is a horse being able to carry 20 percent of it's body weight. I can't see how that can always work as what if the horse itself is overweight? Or has a long weak back for it's size? And as for being a novice, i've competed nationally on horses I've broken myself very successfully. My trainer competes at grand prix level and my aunt who taught me to jump was shortlisted for the british olympic team. Oh and I was brought up in fort worth so do know american stock horses well, and whilst I am aware they can carry more than many other breeds surely it still depends on the individual horse's conformation?
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Jumping is not the best for horses either, geez, we could go on & on & around in a circle. Use some commonsense, no one is harming their horses by riding them, it's called LIFE, in order to live it, you have to feel certain pressures, animal or human. You really came on this thread because you are concerned for the horse's wellbeing? Yeah right! You came on here to make yourself feel better because you gained some weight but are not as big as some of others on here who have graciously shared their pics on here. Quit causing hard feelings, go ride your own horse, don't have the cakes or crumpets or whatever processed carbs it is you have with your tea, and take up some cardio. Quit judging others, oh yeah, & post your pic, a recent one, like from yesterday.
     
    10-11-2012, 11:49 PM
  #949
Yearling
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Originally Posted by waresbear    
Jumping is not the best for horses either, geez, we could go on & on & around in a circle. Use some commonsense, no one is harming their horses by riding them, it's called LIFE, in order to live it, you have to feel certain pressures, animal or human. You really came on this thread because you are concerned for the horse's wellbeing? Yeah right! You came on here to make yourself feel better because you gained some weight but are not as big as some of others on here who have graciously shared their pics on here. Quit causing hard feelings, go ride your own horse, don't have the cakes or crumpets or whatever processed carbs it is you have with your tea, and take up some cardio. Quit judging others, oh yeah, & post your pic, a recent one, like from yesterday.
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    10-12-2012, 03:14 AM
  #950
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Originally Posted by waresbear    
Jumping is not the best for horses either, geez, we could go on & on & around in a circle. Use some commonsense, no one is harming their horses by riding them, it's called LIFE, in order to live it, you have to feel certain pressures, animal or human. You really came on this thread because you are concerned for the horse's wellbeing? Yeah right! You came on here to make yourself feel better because you gained some weight but are not as big as some of others on here who have graciously shared their pics on here. Quit causing hard feelings, go ride your own horse, don't have the cakes or crumpets or whatever processed carbs it is you have with your tea, and take up some cardio. Quit judging others, oh yeah, & post your pic, a recent one, like from yesterday.
No harm? Are you having a laugh?! 300lbs on a horse will be causing harm, whichever way you look at it. What I don't understand is this need to ride. Horses are amazing and for me personally I'm as happy on the ground with them as on their backs. There is so much you can do on the floor and have fun, why ride when you know (and I'm sure you do, just don't want to accept it) that you're hurting your poor animal.
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