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post #31 of 36 Old 07-01-2015, 06:30 PM
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^^ If weight is the most important factor - which a 20% rule would imply - then using a 12 lb jump saddle like my old Bates CC would be better than using my 35 lb roping saddle. But if saddle fit and weight distribution are important, then using a saddle that spreads my weight over a larger area AND that keeps it further away from the spine than my Bates CC is worthwhile.

When we simplify things down to "20% OK", we simplify things to the point we are wrong. Since this is one of the most frequently asked questions on HF, why not create a checklist of things, such as (no order intended):

Saddle fit is even more important for a heavy rider than a light one.
Thick legs and good feet are critical for a heavier rider.
Thicker legs on a lighter horse will help more than just getting a bigger, heavier horse.
Riding balanced is important, but straight lines & gentle stops are too.
If you are worried about your weight on your horse, let your horse pick the pace.
I hate the phrase "Just a trail horse". But for a heavier rider, walking on trails may beat the tar out of doing arena games/dressage/etc.
Short back/thick loin good, long slender back bad.
Get your horse in shape gradually.
Rider weight IS relevant. It just isn't as relevant as some women seem to think...because very few guys think that way. We can't afford to...

What should be on a list could be debated. But it seems to me a short list of 5-10 guidelines would be far more helpful than the commonly suggested 20% rule. We should encourage folks to look at the total picture.

Surely I'm not the only guy with a preference for slender Arabians who finds they can do a floaty trot under me even though I break the 20% rule all the time! When the most commonly accepted guidance on the Internet says my horses all struggle with me every ride, and that most guys ought to quit riding horses and buy ATVs...well, it ****es me off. Not anyone here personally...just a frustration with the idea we all need to be either slender gals or ride big heavy warmbloods. My biggest horse probably weighs 850. I'm not planning on replacing them with some big quarter horses or warmbloods any time soon.

Bandit is the sort of horse I'm supposed to avoid - too slender for 160 lbs of rider plus 35 lbs of saddle. I'm glad he doesn't have Internet access, or he might feel obligated to act tired at the end of a ride.


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post #32 of 36 Old 07-01-2015, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all so much for your replies :3 it is true, I prefer bigger horses XD

I think I will do as advised and take a trainer with me when I decide to buy a horse. I've also decided to look in the areas of a strong Arabian or a warmblood :)
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post #33 of 36 Old 07-01-2015, 11:25 PM
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^^ If weight is the most important factor - which a 20% rule would imply - then using a 12 lb jump saddle like my old Bates CC would be better than using my 35 lb roping saddle. But if saddle fit and weight distribution are important, then using a saddle that spreads my weight over a larger area AND that keeps it further away from the spine than my Bates CC is worthwhile.

When we simplify things down to "20% OK", we simplify things to the point we are wrong. Since this is one of the most frequently asked questions on HF, why not create a checklist of things, such as (no order intended):
Never any disagreement on that. Couldn't agree more! As I've been saying, & say frequently about all sorts, it is but one of many factors to consider, and a generalisation. Never said it was a be all & end all, or that under 20% necessarily good/over necessarily bad either, which is the way it sounds like you have taken it. Just that it is an important consideration. Absolutely important to consider the bigger picture.
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This is not to get into the weight issue but pregnancy changes much more than your weight. It changes your center of balance which effects your balance. Not only are you needing to spread your weight out better but you need a saddle that cradles you and helps center you. That means larger (base wise) and deeper. You basically become like one of those toys kids play (used to play) with called weebles except that on a moving object you become very likely to fall down. I rode pregnant at a much heavier weight than you. I down sized. I went from a very tall slender horse and an even taller draft (hitch type) to short, sturdy (read thick legged) horses. Made for a much safer ride. No quick turns, No abrupt stops. Just plenty of straight work with large sweeping turns. More time on the trail and less time in the arena.
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This is not to get into the weight issue but pregnancy changes much more than your weight. It changes your center of balance which effects your balance. Not only are you needing to spread your weight out better but you need a saddle that cradles you and helps center you. That means larger (base wise) and deeper. You basically become like one of those toys kids play (used to play) with called weebles except that on a moving object you become very likely to fall down. I rode pregnant at a much heavier weight than you. I down sized. I went from a very tall slender horse and an even taller draft (hitch type) to short, sturdy (read thick legged) horses. Made for a much safer ride. No quick turns, No abrupt stops. Just plenty of straight work with large sweeping turns. More time on the trail and less time in the arena.
I actually don't ride right now. I still consider myself a beginner and don't feel comfortable enough in my seat to ride. I haven't ridden since I was about 8 weeks or so.
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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.

Thanks heaps!
A gaited horse will carry more weight, further, faster for a given size. I'd possibly look into a Missouri Fox trotter. They can be big and comfortable. I ride a paso fino (I a 5'-6" and 175) but I would absolutely consider a MFT a my next horse
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