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post #1 of 53 Old 10-08-2016, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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How can you tell if you're too big for your horse?

A woman on the yard commented to me about how she wouldn't have this size person on this size horse etc etc
I always worry I'm too big but she seems perfectly content wheb I ride my mare, I'm on a diet now and I'm hoping to loose another 2-3 stone within the next year.
I'm roughly 5'6 and 12-12.5 stone, she's 13.2/13.3 and is about 350kg (very muscular) am I too big? Or would she let me know if I was too big?
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post #2 of 53 Old 10-08-2016, 06:03 PM
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She would definitely tell you if you were too big.

My first horse was a 14.2hh Arab cross who weighed about 800lbs (362kg) when he was fat. I'm 5'7" and was about your same weight when I had him. He carried me just fine, along with a heavy 45lbs (20kg) western show saddle.

Look at the amount of bone a horse has before commenting on if the rider is too big for the horse. I've ridden a 13.1hh fat pony over rough terrain in a western saddle and she carried me just fine. I've had thinner-built TBs have a bit of a hard time with me at the same size, though.
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She would definitely tell you if you were too big.

My first horse was a 14.2hh Arab cross who weighed about 800lbs (362kg) when he was fat. I'm 5'7" and was about your same weight when I had him. He carried me just fine, along with a heavy 45lbs (20kg) western show saddle.

Look at the amount of bone a horse has before commenting on if the rider is too big for the horse. I've ridden a 13.1hh fat pony over rough terrain in a western saddle and she carried me just fine. I've had thinner-built TBs have a bit of a hard time with me at the same size, though.
She's amazing strong for her size and my saddle is just a saddle pad so doesn't weigh much at all. I've always been self conscious about this cause of my cousin but I over came out this year and now someone's said something about something else and I'm back to step one :(
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A long an heated discussion, but it will give you a sample of the arguments pro and con:

https://www.horseforum.com/horse-ridi...6/#post7779882

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I'm two hundred pounds on a good day and my 14.2hh 800 pound appy packs my sorry arse around no problem. Now I had a friend on him who weight 350+ pounds and he was clearly not happy. He pinned his ears, swished his tail and threatened to buck.

I can also pack around on our 11hh pony who was used for packing. He's used to comfortably carrying 200 pounds in the woods. He doesn't complain.
They'll let you know if you're too heavy!
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post #6 of 53 Old 10-09-2016, 05:44 PM
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5'8", 165 lbs (12 stone) on our 13.0 hand, roughly 700 chubby lbs BLM pony:



My daughter is on the Appy. I've done 3 hour rides on the pony. If the ground gets rough enough, he struggles with his balance. On level terrain, he handles me fine. He'll initiate trots even after 2-3 hours, so I don't think I'm too much.

I'd be too big for him for any sort of competition. For his size, he has thick legs, a short back, and thick, strong loins. A different horse might result in a different answer.
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Please, please also take into consideration the kind of rider you are makes a big difference in what a horse is comfortable carrying....
If you are a quiet rider, not bouncing around or losing your balance will make a big difference in what the horse can carry well.
If you do not have good balance and move around, slipping and sliding, using your reins for balance will take a much larger horse to accept those weight shifts...
A "twig" of a rider can be a big hindrance if unbalanced where a heavier rider can be a great help to the horse if they sit quietly and balanced astride...

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Please, please also take into consideration the kind of rider you are makes a big difference in what a horse is comfortable carrying....
If you are a quiet rider, not bouncing around or losing your balance will make a big difference in what the horse can carry well.
If you do not have good balance and move around, slipping and sliding, using your reins for balance will take a much larger horse to accept those weight shifts...
A "twig" of a rider can be a big hindrance if unbalanced where a heavier rider can be a great help to the horse if they sit quietly and balanced astride...

jmo...
This.

I personally know some big men (250lb+) that can ride anything with hair. Being in the correct position, and being able to get on and off the horse without torquing their back is very important.

A 100lb rider could probably make a horse a lot more sore by bouncing on their kidneys all day and hanging on their mouth.
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I've been out of riding for two years but I'm starting with lessons straight away cause I want to make sure I'm not doing anything you guys have mentioned but I've always been generally quite balanced,
Considering my horse happily initiates trotting, cantering and even galloping she must be happy with me riding her, though I've been avoiding the faster paces until I'm ready or only doing it for a small length cause I'm relearning how to canter without annoying my mare,
Thank you guys. You've made me feel abit more confident in the matter! X
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That is 175 lbs according to the converter. You may look in the mirror and think that is a lot of weight, or maybe someone else looks at you and thinks that or whatever. But that is a personal thing. As far as your horse is concerned 175 is 175. It matters not to the horse about how tall you are and whether you are too heavy for your height or not. Most men weigh more than 175 lbs and horses carry them no problem. I hope that this lady wasn't pointing you out specifically. If she did it to me I would tell her off and to mind her own business. I would also point out a nice well built six foot man and tell her to talk to him about this issue she has because he probably far out weighs you. The general rule is horses can carry 20 percent of their body weight but then there are a lot more variables like how the horse is built, what condition they are in, and how the person rides so it's just a general starting point.

Just ride your horse and enjoy her. She would let you know if you were too heavy for her.

Honestly, I would rather be that person that is a little over weight than to be that person who is rude, nasty and enjoys pointing out peoples flaws. And, even so called flaws are just someone else's opinion.

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