Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Treviso, Italy & Pennsylvania, USA
• Horses: 0
i'm 5'2 and 185, and i've ridden all sizes and ages and none of them ever seemed to have an problem or discomfort. In the states I don't really feel bothered about weight because In my area I saw riders over 250 riding small horses. And also since im short, even though im obese for my weight, my weight isnt much higher than normal weight taller people. Also in 2 of the barns I rode both the owners/instructors were large women and one was riding morgans and even looks big on her horses, but the horses never seemed bothered. When I moved to italy and started riding there I got FAR more conscious of my weight because just in general everyone is skinnier. Looking at barns I got really worried my weight would be an issue because I saw only small people riding, the first barn I went to it wasn't a problem and no one ever said anything eventhough i'm sure I was the fattest person there (i don't know about heaviest, there were some tall people). But now we changed barns and we're looking for a new one and once again i'm worried about the weight issue, and it doesn't help that my bf is 110 so I look like a whale next to him. I can understand weight limits if your jumping cross country or something that is already hard on the horses even without a rider, but a full sized horse can handle more than 160 pounds. And how is a bigger rider with good balance and a good seat worse than a skinny rider that bounces all over the place? I've never seen a horse looking upset with a bigger rider who had a good seat, but I have seen horses looking pissed off because a 120 pound rider was bouncing all over their back. I know a girl who I would guess is close to 300 pounds, barrel racing on a 15.1 QH and she did good and her horse was not sore in the back or legs from her weight, nor did he seem bothered at all.
What also annoys me is that people will comment on a rounder rider on a sturdier horse but I hardly ever hear anyone comment on a 6'2 skinny rider riding a 15hh horse with their legs hanging far past the horses stomach. A 6'2 normal weight person can still be the same weight as me, but since i'm shorter and it's obese for my height, its more of a problem. When I volunteered in a therapeudic riding program they usually put the heavier riders on drafts, but it was because they didnt have good balance or a seat.