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        07-24-2013, 12:58 AM
      #21
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by SammysMom    
    Reading the thread about that 10% study has me all nervous. I will NEVER be 100-120 pounds (and don't have/don't want a draft horse), and it's going to be tough for me to get to even 15% any time soon. I've always just trusted my trainers and experienced barn-mates to help me decide what horses I can ride.

    I'm 5'5" and 260lbs with good balance. Recently, I've been riding a 15.1/1200 Appy (average build, a little chunky), which my trainer assigned to me when I started taking lessons with her. Then I leased a gypsy cross who's 15.1/1400.

    I just bought a paint who's 15.2/1150. He's 10, very healthy, lots of energy and fairly stout (people joke he looks like a draft x) nothing dainty about him. That puts me at 22.6% right now, and I've been losing weight. The weight I hope to arrive at soon would put me at about 15-16%.

    So my question...do you think being heavier than recommended for a year or so would do any damage to a healthy horse? I wouldn't ride him at 25 at my current weight, but it seems like it should be ok for now as long as he doesn't seem uncomfortable. What do you think?

    This is my boy:
    Good luck with you weight loss and your new horse
    He is stunning
         
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        07-24-2013, 03:54 AM
      #22
    Weanling
    Thanks, Country Woman! He's really my dream horse
         
        07-24-2013, 03:10 PM
      #23
    Started
    I would hesitate to put more than 30%(rider and tack) on any horse, with a few exceptions.

    Conformation and fitness are huge. A long backed 1200 horse will likely be less capable than a short backed 800lb horse. A horse with conformation issues may need a lighter rider.

    A less balanced rider will be harder on their horse than a balanced one.

    Also what is being done with the horse is factored in. Jumping is hard on a horse, add a very large rider and you are certainly putting unnecessary strain on joints.

    Generally, if the horse is decently put together and not being ridden too hard, a larger rider should be fine. I have seen horses struggling under riders that weighed too much for them, and it makes me cringe.

    Keep in mind that the small horses bred hundreds of years ago that carried large amounts of weight had to be sound. An unsound horse, unless it could be repurposed as a breeding animal, was destroyed. They were all bred for soundness, unlike many types of horses today where the focus is on one specific thing(like speed) or on looks, and where a huge percentage of horses have regular lameness issues. The horses today are typically not as tough, sound, or as well put together from a using standpoint.
         
        07-24-2013, 03:15 PM
      #24
    Weanling
    Thanks, BlueSpark. My boy is very sound, and I'm at about 22-23% now and fairly well-balanced, so I think based on what you and the others have said I should be ok. He certainly doesn't act grumpy about it so far — this one has lots of spring in his step :)
         
        07-24-2013, 07:51 PM
      #25
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SammysMom    
    Reading the thread about that 10% study has me all nervous. I will NEVER be 100-120 pounds (and don't have/don't want a draft horse), and it's going to be tough for me to get to even 15% any time soon. I've always just trusted my trainers and experienced barn-mates to help me decide what horses I can ride.

    I'm 5'5" and 260lbs with good balance. Recently, I've been riding a 15.1/1200 Appy (average build, a little chunky), which my trainer assigned to me when I started taking lessons with her. Then I leased a gypsy cross who's 15.1/1400.

    I just bought a paint who's 15.2/1150. He's 10, very healthy, lots of energy and fairly stout (people joke he looks like a draft x) nothing dainty about him. That puts me at 22.6% right now, and I've been losing weight. The weight I hope to arrive at soon would put me at about 15-16%.

    So my question...do you think being heavier than recommended for a year or so would do any damage to a healthy horse? I wouldn't ride him at 25 at my current weight, but it seems like it should be ok for now as long as he doesn't seem uncomfortable. What do you think?

    This is my boy:
    I love the coloring of your horse just stunning
         
        07-24-2013, 07:57 PM
      #26
    Trained
    This Me and Lamar Iam 5'6'' and Lamar is 14 hh
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        07-24-2013, 08:06 PM
      #27
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Country Woman    
    I love the coloring of your horse just stunning
    Thank you!! Quite the cutie you have there, as well
         
        07-25-2013, 01:39 PM
      #28
    Trained
    Not my horse it was a friends horse but she sold him to a good home
         
        07-25-2013, 02:39 PM
      #29
    Showing
    Hundreds of years ago riders were skinny and wiry. Many easily fit a 14" seat. And many were 5'3 to 5'6"
         
        07-26-2013, 05:27 PM
      #30
    Trained
    But not now
    Now riders come in all shapes and sizes
    And horses too
         

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