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post #1 of 22 Old 03-08-2012, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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Shorter horses?

Any heavy riders riding shorter horses? I am looking at a 13.3 hand gypsy at 2 years old. He's quite thick buiilt. I wouldn't be riding him till next spring. I am 5'7, 260# and losing. Beginner rider, though I have rode when I was younger.
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post #2 of 22 Old 03-08-2012, 03:11 PM
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13-3 at age two, probably will be 14-2 or better by riding age. Do not see a problem in that respect.

Drafts and Cobs I have always been told to never ride before they are age 4 for heavy riders, for long periods at any weight or cantering at any weight.

I cannot remember the technical term but something about the knee joints not being fully formed before that age.


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Thanks. Actually he'll be 3 in June of this year.
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My 14.3hh 900 pound Arab carries my 200 pounds just fine! We do all normal activities, including jumping. She can pack me easily over 3'0"! Seriously, every large person should own an Arab!





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post #5 of 22 Old 03-09-2012, 07:37 AM
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Height does not matter so much as a nice, strong, short back with a wide loin coupling and good bone. Halflingers and Fjords are common mounts with the plus sized ladies I chat online with. Shorter they are, the shorter the fall, too. ;)
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Size aside-a young horse and a beginner rider are a BAD combination. I would suggest a BTDT type horse. And yes, Haffies are wonderful, but I also have a clyde X, who is fabulous.
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With an appropriate support system, I don't think that young horse + green rider is a complete write off. My instructor and I were just talking last night about how the best components of a relationship with your horse are forged on the ground and sometimes you miss out on those fundamentals when you have something already broke and are itching to get into the saddle. I feel like I 'know' my horses well from spending a significant amount of time on the ground with them.

Drafts and draft crosses are also good choices, but I think each horse really needs to be evaluated as an individual. :) The automatic assumption is that a very large horse can carry a large rider but that is not always true - particularly since full drafts are traditionally bred for pulling, they tend to have longer backs not as good for weight bearing. :)
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I think you will be fine. cob types are weight carriers.Though I would give her an easy couple of years due to the fact she is young. I myself ride a 13.2 fell pony and weight about 240lbs and losing.

So long as you have help and support both of you being novice shouldn't matter. My first pony was a novice back when I was first learning and we managed fine.

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I am 5'6'' and now 184 I still prefer a horse that is 14:1-15:3

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I think you will be fine. cob types are weight carriers.Though I would give her an easy couple of years due to the fact she is young. I myself ride a 13.2 fell pony and weight about 240lbs and losing.

So long as you have help and support both of you being novice shouldn't matter. My first pony was a novice back when I was first learning and we managed fine.

You look great on your Fell pony! What is your height? I like the idea of a shorter horse as I am 41 and not getting any younger. Want a nice trail horse etc.
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