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post #51 of 79 Old 11-09-2012, 11:47 AM
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Move out here Bluebird, we were looking at buying 140 acres on the Orkney Islands, then 80 acres north of Aberdeen, ended up buying 1400 acres out here in the prairies, mind you we count acres to a live stock unit, rather than than the other way.
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post #52 of 79 Old 11-15-2012, 11:27 AM
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Didnt read through the entire post, so if I repeat I apologize. I dont agree with the whole 20% of the horse's weight is the max amount they can carry. It all depends on the invididual horse, confirmation, and riders ability. With all of my tack and me combined it is around 250# and my horse is a AQHA that looks more an appendix and is only 15.2hh. We comepete in barrel racing and pole bending and do place quite frequently. I ride him 6 days a week from anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour of constant motion. We attended a clinic that was 6 hours long of riding and yes afterwards he was extremely tired, but so was I :) I have ridden little stocky 14.1 quarter horses to 17.3 hh OTTB. I have never really noticed a horse struggle with my weight or my tack. The little 14.1 had a shorter back but my 16" full skirt barrel saddle still fit. I have ridden arabs, walkers, morgans, and many others in 5 years. At the same time not to tote my own horn, but am a balanced quiete rider and work very hard on it. Its kind of hard to sit and read how many people say their weight stops them from full filing their dreams. Yes some people are prejudgemental on a rider's ability because of their weight. Believe me, I know because most of those that run barrels are tiny little things. But it has never stopped me from riding horses. I have never even really thought about my weight interferring. At the same time though I dont like short strided horses and would never ride a pony.
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post #53 of 79 Old 11-16-2012, 07:48 PM
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Calculations aside, I think it's depends on the fitness level, health, condition and experience level of both the horse and the rider.

For instance, I feel that a heavy yet competent (balanced, supple, straight, etc.) rider is likely a better option for a horse than an inexperienced (lack of balance, etc.) rider who is a normal weight.
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post #54 of 79 Old 11-16-2012, 08:14 PM
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not so sure if it's fairer.
Example:
1000lbs horse: 20%=200lbs
1000lbs horse+ 220lbsrider+40lbs tack : 8" cannon : 2=78.75, so still in the range.
So according to that way, a 1000lbs horse with a not so strong bone(for his weight) could carry 260lbs.
1200lbs horse+250lbs rider+40lbs tack: 9" bone comes out to 82.78, so too heavy.

So a person at or over 250 couldn't ride a horse without being too heavy? I'm not picking a fight, just simply asking.
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No, it depends on the horse. The example was the OP's horse with the estimated 8" cannonbone.
If you take my mare, 1150lbs + the above 220lbs rider+45lbs tack: 9" cannonbone :2 = 78, so within the limit.
If the horse was lighter, but had the thicker bone, it would be even better.
But with my mare, even with stronger bone,I'd be a bit more careful because she is very long in the back. So, proportionally, a smaller lighter horse with short strong back can carry more than the bigger horse with long back. Has to do with center of gravity also.
Eta: just noticed, different thread regarding the OP....oops...but nevertheless, the math is right.
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So, proportionally, a smaller lighter horse with short strong back can carry more than the bigger horse with long back.
So an example of a smaller sturdy breed known for it's carrying ability would be?
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Haflinger, Fjord, Welsh Cob, "built" Arabs, not the dainty show type. A good solid QH, Connemara, a lot of gaited breeds, short, all who are nice and rounded, a solid base and a normal/ short back.
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And dont forget donkeys and mules! Those are great weight carriers and freaking cute!
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post #59 of 79 Old 11-18-2012, 06:02 AM
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Personally, I think sometimes we expect too much of our horses. I think we should all go on a diet and then everyone would be happy! Too much food = fat. Its not hormonal, medical condition or anything else apart from eating too much! LOL. I have a Clydesdale whose cannon bone is extremely large but I still look like a hippopotamus when I ride him. I am now dieting, especially after I saw the wonderful lady on here who lost loads of weight. So far I have lost 10lbs! Which is equivalent to 10 tubs of butter.
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Personally, I think sometimes we expect too much of our horses. I think we should all go on a diet and then everyone would be happy! Too much food = fat. Its not hormonal, medical condition or anything else apart from eating too much! LOL. I have a Clydesdale whose cannon bone is extremely large but I still look like a hippopotamus when I ride him. I am now dieting, especially after I saw the wonderful lady on here who lost loads of weight. So far I have lost 10lbs! Which is equivalent to 10 tubs of butter.
Well when you put it that way...WOW. And good work! You've certainly inspired me.
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