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        03-14-2014, 11:05 PM
      #21
    Super Moderator
    I did not have time to post a gut reaction before you posted the detailed info. But, I thought the match was ok, for that demo. I did think the horse struggled a bit with the weight in as much as she could not get her feet up off the ground very fast when transfering from one front leg to the other. I think she was a bit stressed, and if the speed were upped, you'd see it more, I think.

    I did not have any problem with the guy's way of riding. Being that tall on a small horse means it's harder , you have nothing under your leg below your knee, and your center of gravity is higher above the horse's.

    A 5 foot 4 inch woman at 260 would have to be very fit , and not have all the weight centered in her belly or breasts (top heavy).
         
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        03-15-2014, 01:24 AM
      #22
    Trained
    Interesting then we come back to the fact that not all weight is created equally.

    A 5' 4" woman, sorry or man, so yeah, person, would be a better fit in height for the mare though, how would she manage not having such a height above the saddle, a lower centre of gravity would be easier to carry maybe?
         
        03-15-2014, 06:51 PM
      #23
    Showing
    Center of gravity doesn't really matter much if a person is plodding around on trails providing that the rider is fluid and balanced themselves, but when you start getting into the higher torque of performance disciplines, it impacts a great deal.

    I also guess that this is a great example of why horses that are stocky and compact and heavy are better weight carriers and one shouldn't go strictly by the horse's height.

    This filly is only 1 inch shorter than the one in the video...and the saddle belongs to a 6'3 man...and the stirrups are nearly all the way down to her knees LOL.
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        03-15-2014, 07:12 PM
      #24
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    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    Center of gravity doesn't really matter much if a person is plodding around on trails providing that the rider is fluid and balanced themselves, but when you start getting into the higher torque of performance disciplines, it impacts a great deal.

    I also guess that this is a great example of why horses that are stocky and compact and heavy are better weight carriers and one shouldn't go strictly by the horse's height.

    This filly is only 1 inch shorter than the one in the video...and the saddle belongs to a 6'3 man...and the stirrups are nearly all the way down to her knees LOL.

    That saddle along has got to be at least 40lbs!

    That small a horse for such a big man, kind of looks like a kid riding a large dog. I don't know about you, but when I was a kid I used to try to ride my friend's dalmation. I was desperate for a horse, and it's the best I could do.
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        03-15-2014, 07:25 PM
      #25
    Showing
    Being too large is more about weight distribution. It's actually a fairly small area on a horse's back that should carry the rider. When obese people ride, their weight distribution is much more forward and behind that area. The man in the video is within the area.
         
        03-15-2014, 08:03 PM
      #26
    Trained
    Saddlebag, I figured he was that tall. I found the for sale posting as well and thought you were out shopping! :)
         
        03-15-2014, 11:01 PM
      #27
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    that saddle along has got to be at least 40lbs!

    That small a horse for such a big man, kind of looks like a kid riding a large dog. I don't know about you, but when I was a kid I used to try to ride my friend's dalmation. I was desperate for a horse, and it's the best I could do.
    Yes, it is a big saddle, but it was the only one with a tree that was narrow enough to not sit right down on her withers....and don't worry, nobody is riding her yet. She won't even be 2 until April and with as much growing as she needs to do, it will likely be next spring before she sees any sort of saddle work with a rider, maybe longer if she's not matured enough. I had the saddle on there for about 15 minutes and asked her to walk about 5 circles around me just to see how she'd react and to let her see that the saddle wouldn't kill her.
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        03-17-2014, 01:45 AM
      #28
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    Being too large is more about weight distribution. It's actually a fairly small area on a horse's back that should carry the rider. When obese people ride, their weight distribution is much more forward and behind that area. The man in the video is within the area.
    That is an interesting thought, not sure I'm convinced by the argument, a saddle contains the persons errr assets, so why would their weight distribution be an issue?
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        03-26-2014, 01:57 AM
      #29
    Foal
    Size wise, I think the man is a fine size. I feel like he's kind of tall, but his leg takes up the barrel in a way ok enough for me to find this passable.

    There's just something that makes me think he rocks around a lot more because he's a taller fella, whereas I think he'd rock less if he were on a taller horse, and the height of the top of his head closer to its back.

    The horse seems 100% fine with all this too, so there's that. :)
         
        03-30-2014, 09:01 PM
      #30
    Green Broke
    I'm late to all of this, but my impression is he is not too big as someone training the horse or riding it now and then. But, if he were purchasing a horse for himself, I think he would be better matched with a larger horse.

    I feel the same way about myself....I might hop on a friend's horse for a ride or two and feel a little big but the horse could carry me fine. But if I were looking for a horse to purchase, I would want a little larger horse because it would be a long-term thing.

    Then I keep reading how larger horses don't stay sound as smaller ones, so who knows? But I feel more matched to a horse that is say 15.2, 1200lbs than to a 14.3, 900lb Arab (although I have owned and ridden both). I just feel I look better on the larger horse and not like I'm going to hurt it! But that doesn't mean the Arab isn't just as capable or even more so.

    The horse that was probably my best match was only 14.3 but he was a Mustang that looked part draft. He was a 14.3 tank, so height isn't everything either. And then there are some tall, fine boned horses (like some TB's) that even though they are tall, I would feel too heavy for.
         

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