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post #1 of 43 Old 08-09-2013, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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Too Big.. Or Paranoid?

I looked at another horse to buy. He's a bit taller than the last.. at 16.2. Off the track gelding. He's done the hunter/jumpers. Very sweet horse. Great personality. We walked, trotted, cantered, and jumped in the field. He didn't seem like he was working any harder than normal.. but I look at pictures and just don't like what I see. Granted.. the horse needs some weight on him. His ribs were showing, and the top of his rump was caved in a little.

Is it me just being unhappy with myself.. or am I just too big for this horse too? The only horse I've been comfortable with so far, was an 18.2 Draft/Warmblood. He was sold before I could purchase him.

I have a video.. but I have no idea how to put it on here. Any help would be great.
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post #2 of 43 Old 08-09-2013, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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I looked at another horse to buy. He's a bit taller than the last.. at 16.2. Off the track gelding. He's done the hunter/jumpers. Very sweet horse. Great personality. We walked, trotted, cantered, and jumped in the field. He didn't seem like he was working any harder than normal.. but I look at pictures and just don't like what I see. Granted.. the horse needs some weight on him. His ribs were showing, and the top of his rump was caved in a little.

Is it me just being unhappy with myself.. or am I just too big for this horse too? The only horse I've been comfortable with so far, was an 18.2 Draft/Warmblood. He was sold before I could purchase him.

I have a video.. but I have no idea how to put it on here. Any help would be great.



I don't know if this will work.. but here's a video.

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post #3 of 43 Old 08-09-2013, 12:56 PM
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the video is marked private, AND, we do not allow links to FB. Sorry.

Can you upload it to Youtube and then link to it?

I wish the photo were larger. I am not sure why the forum has been making photos really small lately. Not sure what that's all about, but even when enlarged by clicking on it, it's hard to see.
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Was typing at same time as tinyliny...I was saying the same thing. :)
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post #5 of 43 Old 08-09-2013, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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Lets try this photo..

I apologize for the weird face. And the saddle is not mine. I understand it's too small.
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post #6 of 43 Old 08-09-2013, 04:50 PM
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imo, I think a larger, heavier bodied horse would fit you better. This specific horse is light on bone, and needs more weight/muscling. From the look of the top of his rump, im thinking his topline isnt great and he needs to be worked correctly, and gain weight before carrying a heavier rider.
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post #7 of 43 Old 08-09-2013, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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I agree 100% that he needs more weight and muscle tone. He should be about 300lbs heavier, and needs his top to be more rounded out and filled in. With his weight back on, and his muscle up to par.. that's when I'm wondering if it should be okay for me.
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I have to agree that this horse doesn't look like a great fit for you. Not your fault at all, it's just that he is light on bone and appears that he is long in the back and doesn't appear very broad.

You don't need a horse that is super big or super tall or super heavy to comfortably carry you. I have a horse that is 14.3 that I woudn't hesitate to put you on for a long/hard ride.

The type of horse you might look for is more of a "Cob" type. A thick horse with big feet and heavy bones, he'll have a short/strong back and a broad chest, a big/well-sprung barrel is very important as well. Depending on the breeding, they can range from just over 14 hands to being pretty darn tall.

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post #9 of 43 Old 08-09-2013, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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The video isn't the best quality... but here goes:

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post #10 of 43 Old 08-09-2013, 10:10 PM
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that horse is fine, get him in shape and ride snot out of him, I rode a 16 hand walker for awhile my GF said I looked great on her, I'm taller but I'm 220lbs and bet Im not that far off you in weight. While you may "look" a bit outa sorts, that horse doesnt care. Not to mention, your weight is lower than mine, bet that makes a big difference to the horse. I would say you might need a bigger saddle, :) but you know who cares go have fun be happy love thyself.
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