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post #1 of 36 Old 06-27-2015, 04:23 AM Thread Starter
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What kind of horse should I get for my weight?

So, I am 6 foot, female, and 112kg (which I am working on reducing XD, its just taking a longgg time).

I have never owned a horse before, and I do not intend to for a while, but even though when I eventually get a horse I hope to be MUCH lighter, I would like to know the best breed and height horse I should be looking at for my current weight. I have heard Arabs and quarter horses are good at carrying weight. When you answer please keep in mind that tack will be included.

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My mother is around your weight but only 5'4 and she rides a 14.3 crossbred pony. That pony is built like the side of a barn and easily handles her weight.

I am 5'3 and under 50kg and I ride a 16hh Standardbred and a 16.1hh Thoroughbred. Neither quite takes up my leg (stupid long legs...) even though the Standardbred's saddle has an extra-wide gullet plate in it so obviously she's pretty chunky. The Thoroughbred handles Mum's weight easy. The Standardbred does not.

Buy a short-backed horse that takes up your leg and has plenty of bone, whether it be 14hh or 18hh.
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post #4 of 36 Old 06-27-2015, 09:48 AM
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I think this link has good advice:

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I would probably suggest something around 15 to 16 hands with good bone -like a warmblood, paint, or appendix. I don't think you weight will be as much an factor as your height. Being tall, I don't think you would feel as comfortable on a shorter horse.

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Like fly said, a taller, thicker-built horse with good bone is the way to go.

I'm 5'7" and 230lbs (104kg). At my heaviest, I was 260lbs (117kg). My gelding is a 17hh 1600lbs (725kg) draft cross with tree trunks for legs. He carries me like I'm nothing. I've also ridden my best friend's tank of a QH mare who is 14.3hh and probably a good 1200lbs (544kg) and she had no trouble with me.

I personally like a taller horse with a good-size barrel to take up my long legs. I have a friend who is about your height and weight and she rides her little 14.2hh QH/mustang cross mare with no problems, but she looks a little ridiculous because her legs hang down so far. Her mare is even fat and she still doesn't take up my friend's leg very well. She looks fine with my best friend up who is 5'8".
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My mother is around your weight but only 5'4 and she rides a 14.3 crossbred pony. That pony is built like the side of a barn and easily handles her weight.

I am 5'3 and under 50kg and I ride a 16hh Standardbred and a 16.1hh Thoroughbred. Neither quite takes up my leg (stupid long legs...) even though the Standardbred's saddle has an extra-wide gullet plate in it so obviously she's pretty chunky. The Thoroughbred handles Mum's weight easy. The Standardbred does not.

Buy a short-backed horse that takes up your leg and has plenty of bone, whether it be 14hh or 18hh.
This though purely off height I would aim at a larger horse, say 16+. Some TBs would be perfect for you, others not. Drafts really aren't as great as you would think due to being designed to pull not ride. A good height and nice sturdy horse should be fine.
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Or a stocky or drafty type. Doesn't have to be tall to be strong, and tall isn't necessarily strong either. I reckon a good general rule is that the horse carries(rider + tack) no more than about 20% of it's bodyweight.
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There's that cavalry advice in your link bsms
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There's that cavalry advice in your link bsms
I know. Apart from that, it has good advice. An Internet falsehood, once started, never goes away. After all, it can always be found on the Internet...darn near forever...

20% as a rule of thumb is actually counterproductive. It is the total weight the legs need to carry versus the bone structure in the leg to support that weight that matters. There are a lot of big QHs with slender legs who are hard pressed to support their own weight, let alone another 20%. OTOH, our mustang pony Cowboy is 13 hands and has the legs of a 16 hand horse. He has plenty of reserve strength built into his structure. A heavier rider needs a horse with overbuilt legs, not a heavier horse.

A horse who becomes unrideable earlier in life almost always does so due to leg problems, not back problems. I don't know anyone who has stopped riding due to their horse having back problems, but quite a few that stopped riding a horse due to its leg problems.

The back problems I know of have been due to too much weight distributed over too small an area of the back muscles, causing damage to the muscles. The solution was to get a better fitting saddle to protect the muscles.

Cowboy carrying my 5'8" and 180 lbs:


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