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post #1 of 7 Old 11-25-2014, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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Am I too big for my mare?

Hi, I have just recently acquired a quarter horse mare. I rescued her from slaughter and was told she was 15.2 hands...she is more like 14.3 MAYBE 15. She is pretty stocky though, but I am 5'8 -5'9 and 210 pounds, should I be looking for a new home for her? Or should I be okay to ride her.... I sat on her and she seemed to take my weight with no issues but how can I be sure?
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-25-2014, 12:02 AM
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Depends on a few things: horses weight, muscle condition, bone mass, how you carry your weight, how well you ride, if you're balance, etc. there's absolutely no way to tell from just that info! If horse is healthy and conformationally well built and you're a balanced rider it should be fine...
Do you have pictures of your new horse? Yourself riding?
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post #3 of 7 Old 11-25-2014, 12:07 AM
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Is she skinny/fat or needing work like building muscle etc? I am 5'10 and more than you and ride my 15'0 mare just fine, she has never had any issues with me my BO/ lesson givers and my vet say we work just fine with each other.. it's all about the individual horse though, she could be fine, she could struggle

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post #4 of 7 Old 11-25-2014, 12:50 AM
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I am about 210, 5'6" and used to have a 14.3 Mustang as my main riding horse. But he was built exceptionally stocky. Sort of like a Haflinger. I have seen other 14.3 horses that look like ponies.

So I guess I would say it depends on the health and build of the horse. Another cool thing was, because my Mustang was wide, he took up a lot of leg, so even though he was short my legs hung in an appropriate place and I didn't look too tall on him either.

I would say try it out and go from there. If you have no problems, keep riding her. If you feel she is struggling to carry you or for you to mount, then you could always consider finding her another home at that point.


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post #5 of 7 Old 11-25-2014, 01:39 PM
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Agree that a pic of you on the horse would be best.
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post #6 of 7 Old 11-26-2014, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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Okay thanks everyone! I'll get a pic so you can help me better! I won't be riding her anytime soon anyways now though because I just found out today she's 7 months pregnant so hopefully by the time it's okay to ride I will weigh a lot less!
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post #7 of 7 Old 11-26-2014, 06:10 PM
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My mare is 14.2 hands and I weight 200 pounds and she carries me like a rag doll. Her previous owner was a 6 foot tall man who was heavier than me and she carried him just as easy, it depends on how your girl is built. QHs are usually like tanks so hopefully you're not to big for her.
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