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post #11 of 22 Old 02-16-2012, 09:03 PM
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I think that horses can carry more than 20% of their own weight. I'm not sure how much more, but they can carry more. But it also depends on the horses conformation. A horse with a long back will have more problems carrying more weight as opposed to a horse with a shorter back. That is why an Arab, even though it's a lighter breed can carry more % of their own weight versus say a TB.

Just take your time and your time and build her up to full work gradually. Riding her daily will help you stay motivated at the gym.
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post #12 of 22 Old 02-17-2012, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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I have started with 30 mins at the walk, and will slowly increase this over the next month. She is coping fine with me. I think I am just overly worrying. I will add trotting later next months . Plenty of stretching for her too.

It has really lifted my mood to be back in the saddle, I am smiling constantly. She is full of beans. I so love this little mare.


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post #13 of 22 Old 02-19-2012, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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More Piccies from today :)

I am enjoying our daily walks around the paddocks but I will continue on my weightloss journey for her, she is worth it. I keep smiling all the time.


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post #14 of 22 Old 02-19-2012, 02:29 PM
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Your little mare is too cute. And, you look great on her, all smiles!
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post #15 of 22 Old 02-20-2012, 09:43 PM
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Sorry but percentages are silly and completely unreliable. My Arab fluctuates between 825lbs and 950lbs depending on the amount of riding she's getting. Her being FAT does not mean she can carry an extra 50 pounds of MY weight. Likewise, my little 900lb Arab (what she is now) is more adapt at carrying a 300 pound man then a 1,500 pound Shire is. Draft horses are meant for pulling, and most people don't seem to understand they actually have very weak backs and should NOT carry very large people. A good stout Quarter Horse is much more suited to the task. I have an 1,100 pound 15hh Paint with a short back who would be perfect for a rider much larger then myself.

Being as you ride a pony, I wouldn't worry at all. Much like Arabs, they are designed to carry much heavier weights then most other breeds. You often here quotes more like 50% when it comes to ponies. Again, I think percentages are completely silly and outdated, but you look just fine on your absolutely breathtaking animal!

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post #16 of 22 Old 02-21-2012, 11:11 AM
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I think you look fine on your mare. And as an added bonus, the riding will help you get fitter. :) I lost 40lbs one summer just riding my APHA mare four times a week and eating better!

I think percentage ratios can be misleading unless you have hard, cold fact. I don't find weight tapes to be particularly accurate at all times, so unless you are putting your horse on a scale, I think it would be difficult to put a straight yes or no on something. The above APHA mare passed away (completely unrelated causes) and we had a necropsy completed and she came in about 300lbs heavier (and fit fit fit) than I expected her to. It's like with people - I might show you a picture and say "I weigh X lbs" and you could believe me but a scale could say an entirely different thing - weight looks different on every body.

Anyways... good on you!
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post #17 of 22 Old 02-21-2012, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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I am just going to enjoy riding her again. I am on a healthy eating and fitness plan so with the added riding ,my weight will hopefully continue to go down, which will make it easier for her to carry me and do the faster speeds.

She has never struggled carrying me in the 2 years I have owned her. I want to lose weight so I can do some Endurance/long distance riding, so I have my goal to look forward too.


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post #18 of 22 Old 02-21-2012, 04:23 PM
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According to my horse 5 minutes is too much time so don't ask for your horses opinion on it.....
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post #19 of 22 Old 02-21-2012, 07:04 PM
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I commend you on your goal to lose weight for your pony.(:

I'm actually doing the same thing now (decided yesterday) because I'm hopefully going to be training a little 13.2h pony. I have no doubt that she'll be more than fine with my 200lbs (I'll never be under 175 if I want to say well-muscled an fit), especially since I have a light seat compared to others I know that are riding horses, yet they are visibly uncomfortable with their riders. I'm aiming to get down to the 180lbs mark before I'm done with the groundwork on this pony, but if I don't make it, it shouldn't be a problem at all.

Im sure everyone knows those "guess the correct weight, and if we don't you win a prize" type things at carnivals/amusement parks. I would bet any money that I'd win everytime. I was going to sign up for football a few years ago (I weighed 190) and the coach said he figured if I lost 10-15lbs I'd be good to go. I asked the weight limit for the league thing and he said 135..I just about fell to the ground laughing, lol. No one would guess I weigh 200, everyone has guessed from 160-175. Most of my weight is muscle (as I'm sure quite a few heavier riders are the same as well), there's only about the 20lbs of "insulation" on me. :p

But, congrats on your goal! I just hope I'll be able to stay as committed to mine.(:
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post #20 of 22 Old 02-27-2012, 01:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Joe4d View Post
I endurance race on a horse and am approaching 30 percent load with tack. Guess I am just abusive, so is every western rider that isnt riding a Clydesdale.
Hahaha i guess I am then. Lol.

I was very shocked at the fact that I am riding at 21% and I am over the 2oh mark. Thought i would be more than that. And guess what I don't ride a draft. My appy has the gusto I guess.
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