just a question
Let me start by saying i love horses! i think they are amazing. I joined this forum to ask some questions to help me on my way to maybe riding a horse someday. I am 6'4" and around 200-230 lbs depends on the hour...does that mean i am to large to ride a horse? I have NEVER seen anyone bigger then me on a horse much less anywhere near my size. I just want to ride a horse like for fun not competition. just casually maybe on a trail or in a pasture or on the road i dont really know i just would love to be able to ride one. any input is greatly appreciated. and im sorry for my lack of equine knowledge...
Oh yeah! you could ride. I'm 200 and I ride a QH. She has no problems carrying my fat butt around! :D
BTW WELCOME TO THE FORM!
thank you very much for your prompt reply!!! I am so happy now! you made my day!
Welcome to the forum! =)
Yes, that will definitely be no problem at all.
Just always be sure not to get too too small of a horse. That's something that applies to everyone who rides.
The general rule of thumb is that a horse can carry 15-20% of his body weight, but it does vary. Things like breed, body type, fitness level, and the condition of a horse's joints and back all need to be taken into account as well.
Here is a website with other ways to calculate how much weight a horse can carry:
Methods to Calculate How Much Weight A Horse Can Carry - horsetype.com - For all types of horse lovers!
Best of luck and happy trails!
thank you very much!! i love this forum
It really is a great place! It has its issues, but I've tried several other forums and people just weren't quite as helpful or friendly as they are here. It really is a wonderful enviroment to learn and spread knowledge in.
i just cant picture a horse other then like a draft horse carrying me around for any extended period of time..
Plenty of options out there for you! :] My uncle is well over 200 pounds and he rides a sturdy Tennessee Walking Horse with no problems! Quarter horses are know for being hardy and stout, but I have seen all sorts of breeds carry people welllllll over 200! Good luck and happy trails. Welcome to the forum! :]
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The stockier horse breeds will lug 300 lbs around! You'll be fine =)
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