Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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Many horses are great at carrying weight. Heck, shetland ponies can carry full grown men all day. They are considered the strongest of all equines.
As for weight.....it is not so much HOW MUCH weight is on the horse, but how is the weight being used.
I have had some plus sized riders who have the lightest seat in the saddle. Their weight is used very constructively. In cases like this, a horse can likely carry a higher percentage of their own weight.
On the other side, I have had some leaner riders who had a very HEAVY seat and they used their weight destructively. Their horses will not be happy, whatever the rider's weight.
So, riders of all weights just need to learn how to ride with their horses and not against them.