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post #11 of 21 Old 10-21-2015, 12:37 PM
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bsms is quite rightly taking into account the weight of his saddle which is something many people forget to do when riding western as it can add quite a lot of lb's into the equation

If a heavier rider is already pushing the limits of what the horse can carry then its better to buy an older horse that's already fully matured in its bone development and is well trained to have good natural balance with a rider on board - more riding accidents happen on trails when horses stumble and go down than almost anything else
The horse should have good bone (leg measured just below the knee) that's going to carry its own body weight and its riders
I would look for a draft cross or a cob type, it doesn't have to be much above 15.2 if you get the right sort - don't forget you might have to get off and back on again sometimes without a convenient place to stand on so a taller horse could present a problem there if you aren't very agile
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post #13 of 21 Old 10-22-2015, 05:10 PM
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I think the size of your horse should be pretty low on the scale, unless you are planning to longride from Canada to Mexico. I have two primary requirements for a trail horse -- it has to be bold and curious and it has to be able to walk 4 miles an hour without breaking into a trot.

After that I want an agreeable disposition, followed by general good conformation. Then I start thinking about size and finally looks. I'm about your weight. Even my little guy can carry me.


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post #14 of 21 Old 10-22-2015, 06:02 PM
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^Sorry, off topic, but that gelding is so cute! /die
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post #15 of 21 Old 10-22-2015, 07:31 PM
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bsms is quite rightly taking into account the weight of his saddle which is something many people forget to do when riding western as it can add quite a lot of lb's into the equation

If a heavier rider is already pushing the limits of what the horse can carry then its better to buy an older horse that's already fully matured in its bone development and is well trained to have good natural balance with a rider on board - more riding accidents happen on trails when horses stumble and go down than almost anything else
The horse should have good bone (leg measured just below the knee) that's going to carry its own body weight and its riders
I would look for a draft cross or a cob type, it doesn't have to be much above 15.2 if you get the right sort - don't forget you might have to get off and back on again sometimes without a convenient place to stand on so a taller horse could present a problem there if you aren't very agile
I agree with Jaydee. You don't need a horse any taller than 15.2 if it is the right type. However, everyone seems to have a size horse that they are more comfortable riding weight carrying ability aside. I was riding an old style Morgan (15.1 hds) last year that had no problem carrying me but he felt too small. At least a couple inches taller would have made a difference. A lot has to do with how the horse moves as to how comfortable you will feel on them. Good luck in your search.
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post #16 of 21 Old 10-22-2015, 11:02 PM
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Yes, the build of the horse is so much more important than its size/height, although of course you may feel more comfortable on certain sizes of horse. Of course, the size of horse you may be accustomed to or other people may be expecting to see you on varies quite a bit with the type of riding you will do.

I grew up doing eventing, as well as some stints as a working student with dressage or hunter/jumpers barn and now ride at an eventing barn and foxhunt frequently. In these sports, it is often common for even pretty small riders like me to ride large horses. So when my husband (~6 feet tall and 220 pounds without tack) and I started shopping for a horse for him, everyone we know expected us to purchase one for him that was 16+ hands. What we ended up with is a 14.3 hand quarter horse mare who is just SOLID. She requires an extra wide tree for her english saddle and has plenty of bone. Her barrel is so wide that even when fit she takes up my 6 foot tall husband's long legs a lot better than many taller but slab sided horses. Even more importantly her temperament and experience are perfect for what he wants to do, so although he occasionally looks a little out of place on his short, chunky little dun mare he couldn't be happier with her.
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post #17 of 21 Old 10-23-2015, 01:50 AM
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^Tall horses are the norm in those disciplines regardless of the size of rider.
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post #18 of 21 Old 10-24-2015, 10:07 PM
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Yes definitely - but they aren't the norm because the smaller/shorter horses are incapable. At least for the lower level stuff the vast majority of riders are involved in. I've seen many people who were "over horsed" on a big powerful horse that they thought they needed and can only recall seeing two or three riders who really should have had a bigger/stronger horse for their weight in these disciplines.
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Like others said, build is so much more important than overall size. Of course, you wouldn't want to get anything that's 13.2 hands and 700 pounds, but about any average sized horse that has a short strong back, big barrel, thick legs, big feet, and "correct" legs (no joint deformities, short pasterns with decent angle, etc) will be fine.

My 14.3hh, 1100 pound mustang has easily carried my Dad (with tack total weight is pushing 290) for days on end working cattle and didn't struggle even a little bit.

If you WANT a bigger horse, then by all means go for one, but don't count out the short little tanks that are hanging around .
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post #20 of 21 Old 10-25-2015, 12:03 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~
This is great advice, if you aren't taking lessons with a trainer, a knowledgeable person should be helping you with your search.

I would advise looking for a solid QH around 15.2hh, and yes mid teens or a little younger is great.

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