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post #11 of 74 Old 02-16-2012, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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I cant say where these places are but i guess there out there.



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post #12 of 74 Old 02-16-2012, 08:51 PM
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No, but If it is a heavier rider my trainer always makes sure they ride a horse that can handle the weight.
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post #13 of 74 Old 02-16-2012, 09:52 PM
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^^ yes i like to see that, having a horse that can handle your weight.
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post #14 of 74 Old 02-16-2012, 10:00 PM
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+1 on making a sensible choice for a horse. For me, it's sticky, because most of my weight is in muscle and bone - people who guess my weight always low-ball it by a solid 30-40 lbs. So when I go on trail rides or need to ride some other horse than my own, I'm sure to volunteer the "right" number just to make sure I didn't get put on a horse that isn't suitable. Even so, it's not usually too much of a problem because I'm also pushing 6' tall, most of that in my legs, so I get sent to the big boys anyway just for that.
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I like people who are smart about themselves and there horse :)
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Having a cut-off weight set at 150-170 is pushing it way too far, IMHO. Heck, I am not big by any means, but by the time you add in tack, the amount my horses carry on a daily basis is over 175.

Now, on a person that was bigger, whether they were permitted to ride at my barn (it's my personal barn with my personal horses) would greatly depend on which horses I had available and what their riding level was. I only have one appropriate horse for a heavier stark beginner. However, if the person is a fairly competent rider, I have a couple more that could carry heavier weights (I would go up to about 275 for them). If the person was very experienced, I have a horse I wouldn't hesitate to put 300+ on and soon, I will have another that can carry as much or maybe more.

For somewhere like a lesson stable though, I can understand them setting weight limits because, often, it takes too much time to figure in the additional factors of whether a certain horse can carry this certain person who happens to be heavier.
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post #17 of 74 Old 02-16-2012, 10:19 PM
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The barn down the road has is 230lbs.

Honestly though it shouldn't be just you weight, but you ability as well. A 100lb floppy unbalenced rider, can do more damage than a 200lb well balenced rider.
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post #18 of 74 Old 02-16-2012, 10:37 PM
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A number of trail ride places I've seen in Arizona will limit weight to 250 pounds, and I think I saw one that limited it to 200 lbs.

I can understand some weight limits. I have a mustang pony who weighs around 650. My 175 lbs plus 25 saddle at or above 30% of his weight. He's a stocky fellow, and I've galloped on him with no sign of strain by him...but I find I have to be very careful on his turns. I always use a more forward seat with him, because his back is short. I also have never ridden him over 30 min, unless we are just walking in the desert. And even then, I'm careful not to just rest on his back.

With my 900 lb Arabian mare, the same percentage hits at 275 - or 250 + saddle. I honestly think that would be too much for her, though. She isn't all that graceful. A GOOD 250 lb rider could make it work, but a bad one would hurt her. She also has very boney withers, and a heavy rider doing some side-side motion would probably hurt her. She is the largest of my three horses.

But 150 lbs? I couldn't get down to that with a team of Olympic-caliber liposuctionists!

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I would never pass either lol

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post #20 of 74 Old 02-17-2012, 02:43 AM
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My barn has a limit of 190lbs and the BO is very strict about it.

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