Stella my avatar is 16 hands and has clydsdale in her breading plus anything else you can think of in NZ. Good confirmation but heavy leg bones.
I use a tucker endurance saddle with westen skirt etc. Now I have finished my show off ill get to the point. It looks good westernised.
We have a friend with a special needs daughter. This young lady is in excess of 6' 4" and on the north side of 120kg however she is on a diet.
I came home from work to find my wife (god bless her) had this young lady on Stella being lead round the paddock.
Parents all jumping for joy their daughter was on a horse, my horse, why could she have not used Kate.(my wifes horse as it was her idea). Now I have dropped her in it I feel better and will continue. I was the perfect host and said nothing but my heart was in my mouth and all of the problems that could go wrong were running around in my head.
The ride finished and this young lady was helped off and my wife (bless her again) arranged for the next ride. (On Stella).
So a friedship was begun, I now had the problem of telling them I felt there daughter was to heavy for the horse and if she hurt the horses back Stella would become unridable. I was thinking of my mistakes with Savannah and being bucked off.
I tentitivly brought the subject up by pointing out her lack of corodination and ballance, and said I will place an old stock saddle on the fence and she could get practice mounting and dismounting.
Cutting this short. My worries. Weight, lack of skill and the time she spent standing on one stirup before sitting in the saddle and the reverse when dismounting.
I was lucky on one count while she was mounting Stella she sat down heavy making Stella react to the sudden weight. This was noticed by her father which gave me the opening to point out my concern for the health of the horse with such a weight.
Stella spooked that day while this young ladies mother was leading her. Result, Daughter on the ground very upset but not hurt. Mother with bad rope burns on her hands trying to hold Stella. And Stella wondering what all the fuss was about, as she had only done what horses do. I got her back on the horse straight away. (softy)
So you now think all are to big, but NO.
My problem is the way you settle into the saddle and the lack of bounce while in the saddle. I believe the dammage to the horse is done bouncing around and not so much with the weight. Provided the horse has the build, strength and fittness to carry the weight.
Big is not bad, how you dump yourslf into the saddle is.
At the end of each ride with this young lady I say sorry to Stella and thank her.