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post #1 of 21 Old 10-21-2015, 02:22 AM Thread Starter
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Choosing a horse

Hi I'm looking for a horse that will fit me....I'm 215lb and 5.9 looking for a good trail horse for weekends rides what size and weight should I be looking for and what breed.....I have ridin horses for 9 years now and I well train.....just need my own horse
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post #2 of 21 Old 10-21-2015, 02:36 AM
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Are you taking lessons somewhere?
If so, I'd enlist your trainer to help you find the perfect horse! I'd look for a sturdy, steady trail horse in his mid teens, but that's just me~
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post #3 of 21 Old 10-21-2015, 02:52 AM Thread Starter
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My old friend tought me how to ride and I bin fine ever since I rode mares and stallions both ages between 5 to 18 I think....my friend said to look for a short back and I found lots of horses with short back but how tall of a horse and weight should I be looking at.....my net weight is 250 with tack
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post #4 of 21 Old 10-21-2015, 02:57 AM
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I found a horse through my trainer and lesson barn. I tried on my own and was really lost. People can say whatever they want about a horse they are selling but that doesn't make it true. As far as weight goes, you'll want to look at the horse's weight from what I understand. Horses should only carry a certain percentage of their own weight. Hopefully someone else can chime in on weight limits because I'm still fairly new.
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post #5 of 21 Old 10-21-2015, 11:40 AM
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There've been strenuous recent discussions on this forum about what horses can comfortably carry weight wise. What I recall is that there have never been any definitive tests, as the only one done with any scientific intent was pretty flawed. But if I were in your shoes I would look for a solid-built horse -- a ranch type Quarter Horse, for example -- between about 15 and 16.2 hands, 1200 lbs or more. There are lots to choose from in that category. It bears mentioning that the hardness of the condition of the horse, and what you want to do with it, are important factors. If all you intend to do is mosey down a flat trail a few days a week, I doubt that weight is going to be a big factor unless you are riding a pony.
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post #6 of 21 Old 10-21-2015, 12:28 PM
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I'm 5'7" and at my heaviest was 270lbs in my socks (now weigh about 210lbs). My big 17hh, 1600lbs draft cross carries me with pretty much zero effort, but then again, so does my best friend's 14.3hh, 1200lbs QH mare who is built like a brick house.

Height and weight don't matter nearly as much as build. Short back and good bone are going to be of greater importance than height and weight. A 16hh delicately-built TB with a longish back isn't going to be nearly as capable of carrying a significant amount of weight as a shorter, stouter-built horse with a nice, short back.

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post #7 of 21 Old 10-21-2015, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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That's what I'm looking to do is just for 2 to 3 hours walk on trails couple days a week
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post #8 of 21 Old 10-21-2015, 12:56 PM
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This is one of those heated threads. I have no desire to debate folks again...but you can see both sides of the argument explained clearly and passionately here:

https://www.horseforum.com/horse-ridi...-horse-605666/

Some good advice is here:

Heavier Riders' Guide

How to Ease the Burden | The Trail Rider

With saddle and clothes, I hit 200 lbs. I've used our little BLM mustang for 2 hour trail rides (13 hands, maybe 700 lbs) and he's had no problem with trotting at the end:



But his legs are as thick as Mia's were, and Mia was 15.3 hands. His back is very short, very wide and thick. He's a little tank. He also has about 20 times the mental stability that Mia had. That counts for a lot on a trail horse!

On Mia, for comparison:


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post #9 of 21 Old 10-21-2015, 01:16 PM
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One that is stocky, good bone, and short back. Last but not least, one that you like and get along with. I would also look for one that is not too young (as in, not finished growing yet). The less weight on the young ones the better.
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post #10 of 21 Old 10-21-2015, 01:19 PM
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This is one of those heated threads. I have no desire to debate folks again...but you can see both sides of the argument explained clearly and passionately here:

https://www.horseforum.com/horse-ridi...-horse-605666/

Some good advice is here:

Heavier Riders' Guide

How to Ease the Burden | The Trail Rider

With saddle and clothes, I hit 200 lbs. I've used our little BLM mustang for 2 hour trail rides (13 hands, maybe 700 lbs) and he's had no problem with trotting at the end:



But his legs are as thick as Mia's were, and Mia was 15.3 hands. His back is very short, very wide and thick. He's a little tank. He also has about 20 times the mental stability that Mia had. That counts for a lot on a trail horse!

On Mia, for comparison:

You don't look to heavy for either of those horses.
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