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post #11 of 15 Old 07-11-2012, 11:31 AM
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Someone on COTH, I believe once said it best - something to the effect of woman fat weighs more than man fat. LOL
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post #12 of 15 Old 07-11-2012, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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That's Yeah. I'll take that even though it sounds stupid
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post #13 of 15 Old 07-12-2012, 02:26 PM
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A balanced plus size rider is far easier on a horse than an unbalanced skinny rider. Balance and saddle fit is the key. My guy is 14.1 and has no problems at all carrying me.

In fact, on some of his squirrely days I kind of wish he DID have to work a bit to carry me O.o might stop some of the silliness and get him to actually break a sweat >.>
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post #14 of 15 Old 07-13-2012, 01:36 PM
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With tack and all, my horse carries somewhere in the neighborhood of 250 pounds. He's a short thing, a Haflinger/Morgan cross, but he's built like a brick ***thouse. I figure if it's too much for him, he will get me out of the saddle one way or another. So far, he hasn't deemed it worthy of expending his calories to bother with anything but packing me around. He's a happy boy before, during and after the rides; no staggering, no acting like he's about to lay down and die, none of that nonsense.

Your horse will let you know if it's too much. You will come out of that saddle one way or another. If he's a happy camper, don't sweat it and enjoy your time with him.
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post #15 of 15 Old 07-13-2012, 03:56 PM
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Right on. Yesterday I was watching and old western and the one male rider who has to tip the scale at about 180 had a second rider who weighed the scale at least 200 also on the horse was the older heavy weight leather saddle plus gear which probably added up total weight about 400 or better
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