Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Western Massachusetts
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.