I have followed this thread for a while and have wondered if I am now to big. This I have voiced earlier and at 220 plus the saddle top at 250 - 260 pounds. Looking around and judging how Stella is at the end of a long ride I don't think the weight I present is to much for the horse as long as the horse is sound and fit.
Perhaps to much is being placed on the weight of the rider and those that have a few extra pounds are feeling or have been made to feel guilty for having those extra pounds. A large number of riders I see are my size and larger, male and female, the horses, seem to handle the load. So to those that consider themselves to large. Trim a few pounds, keep the horse sound and fit, and enjoy your riding. I intend to trim 20 pounds, but am not going to lose any sleep if I don't succeed and I will continue to ride my horse.
Last edited by Stan; 11-13-2011 at 04:50 AM.