The horse looks comfortable and able to move freely. No slouch or pinching that I saw, mind you I'm just a novice at picking up those sorts of things. I don't see a problem. A smoother rider would be kinder, regardless of the size or horse or rider.
So I find that very very interesting, because the mare is a little one at 14.1 hh
The rider, well he is a six footer, and weighs in at 260 pounds.
I'm wondering if we would be voting so overwhelmingly in favor if the rider was a 5' 4" woman, at the same weight?
It certainly made me think.
I came across her BTW because she is listed for sale
Sioux Is a well broke mare coming 6 this spring , this mare has had 7 months of professional with D** ******* in the last 2 year ,she stops hard ,rolls back smoothly , and spins , she is a soft and well collected mare who loves to work cows , Sioux is safe for intermediate children and beginner adults , use her for pleasure , put her in a 4-H program , take her out to the mountians for a good day trip or over nighter , or haul her to the pen and go penning or sorting on her , take her around barrels , she will bend around them helping your time ,
this mare has no spook or buck not a mean bone in her , hops in the trailer and travels like a champ .
Sioux is registered an comes with papers , she's 14.1hh , but a solid mare , handles a 260lb guy no problem , you won't feel big on her
She has solid feet and no health problems or blemishes . She's a mare that will catch the eye of those around her .
come out and try her!! We have cattle , we have a mechanical flag and an indoor arena All Breed Pedigree Query
Are you planning on buying this horse? What is the dams side on lineage ? Just curious.
And the horse looks like what is currently popular with cutters and reiners, they went short again, but more refined and not as stocky .
My gut reaction, before and after your post is that long-term, he's too heavy for the horse. I'd be less inclined to like a 5'4" woman of the same weight IF she was an unfit rider and hard on the back. I've seen quite a few heavier riders that are unbelievably soft on their horses' structures... But again, long term, I'd prefer to see something more in line with the 20% rule. Just my preference. Posted via Mobile Device
I would say he is OK for relaxed trail riding. I think he is over the limit for doing reining or any other high stress horse sports. I didn't like watching the horse do the 'spins' because it looked to me like the horse was struggling to maintain its balance. I also disliked the cantering. He rode heavy in the canter and made no effort to spare the horse's back. I scolded my 100 lb DIL for riding a canter like that!
I might well give a no answer for a woman who is 5'4" and 260 lbs. I'm a 5'8" male, but if I gained 80 lbs to reach 260, I wouldn't be willing to ride most horses even on a simple trail.
As has often been argued, it isn't just weight but type of weight & balance. Pad me with an extra 80 lbs of weight, and I wouldn't be strong enough or balanced enough to have any business riding a horse...particularly since all my fat goes above my hips. Weight carried below the hips ought to be less of a problem because the rider's center of gravity is lower and closer to the horse's.