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post #1 of 47 Old 07-30-2015, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
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Am I too big for my horse?

I am thinking of adopting this mare, she is an 11 year old Holsteiner, really chunky build. Everyone says I look fine on her and she doesn't seem to have a problem holding my weight, however she's small and about 15 hands or so, and I don't want to look silly on her. I've never had a small horse before!
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post #2 of 47 Old 07-30-2015, 12:51 PM
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I don't think you look to big for her at all. I actually think yall look like a good match!

Beautiful horse.

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post #3 of 47 Old 07-30-2015, 12:55 PM
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I agree with Sarah! You guys look like a perfect match.
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post #4 of 47 Old 07-30-2015, 12:56 PM
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I think you look like a good match! She is absolutely gorgeous. The nice, substantial build I like!
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post #5 of 47 Old 07-31-2015, 02:36 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you SO MUCH guys!! You've been a really big help!! It looks like I may have myself a beautiful new girl it would seem!! Thanks guys!! ??
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post #6 of 47 Old 07-31-2015, 04:08 AM
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I think those shirts don't flatter you at all and with that in mind I suspect you're smaller than these photos make you look.

Additionally, the lovely mare in question looks quite short-coupled and, while perhaps a touch light in bone, doesn't look to be a horse that will have difficulty with carrying heavier riders than yourself at all in the long term. She has lovely big feet so likely won't be prone to navicular problems.

The heavier the rider the more important correct saddle fit becomes so that will be something to keep in mind. Not saying saddle fit isn't important for small riders too (my 110lb has sored a horse's back because a saddle we had professionally fitted had been fitted wrong). It's just that correct weight distribution becomes even more important as the weight gets higher.

I think you're smaller than my mother who rides a 14.3hh pony so a 15.1hh Holsteiner won't struggle with you at all.
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post #7 of 47 Old 07-31-2015, 10:50 AM
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I particularly like the first picture.

I agree about those type of tank tops. Good post BEP.

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post #8 of 47 Old 07-31-2015, 11:28 AM
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Looks like you'll have some fun times ahead. Enjoy!

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post #9 of 47 Old 08-01-2015, 02:39 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much everyone for all the replys! Well I took my girl out on the trails today and she jogged the entire time just itching to run, and didn't want to go home so I'm guessing she's got no problem carrying me! LOL
I'm really happy with her, she's got no off button! :-D

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post #10 of 47 Old 08-01-2015, 02:50 PM
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if you decide against that mare, can I have her? I'm 200 lbs, but I think I'd be ok on her. does that help?
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