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post #61 of 65 Old 05-20-2018, 11:55 AM
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The whole weight and logic thing baffles me. Is it weight based on height?? Below is a recent picture of me riding. I am 165 on a GOOD day, but most days veer closer to 170. But I am 5'8. My horse is 17h and over 1300lbs, but I've been on 15h horses with a much smaller build and they had no issue carrying me. No one has ever told me I was too heavy to ride. But if I was say 5'1, would my weight then be too much for a smaller horse?? I'm essentially in the same weight range as the Op and would love to see if her barn would deny me lessons. I should also add that most BMI calculators place me as overweight and a recent health evaluation machine at work told me I was 35% body fat.
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Yeah and this is what I look like... classed as overweight according to a BMI calculator. No one's ever told me I'm too heavy to ride either, probably just because I don't look "fat" even though I'm heavy. I'm sure it's my body type and the way I carry my weight that keep me from being told I'm too heavy. If I were to apply on paper to this stable, I wonder if they'd reject me.

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I’m gonna go with the tack issue again. You both fit nicely into those saddles. I am the same height as OP and I would not fit into them if I weighed the same as you do.

I guess it does depend on the body type but a lot of women, me included, carry a lot of weight in our bottoms. I guess it would be fair to assume that a woman would carry more weight in that area than a man. As far as tack goes a big belly isn’t an issue.

I personally would prefer to have some arbitrary general rule upfront. I would be mortified if I had to go there just to be told that my bottom can’t fit their dainty equipment.
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The whole weight and logic thing baffles me. Is it weight based on height?? Below is a recent picture of me riding. I am 165 on a GOOD day, but most days veer closer to 170. But I am 5'8. My horse is 17h and over 1300lbs, but I've been on 15h horses with a much smaller build and they had no issue carrying me. No one has ever told me I was too heavy to ride. But if I was say 5'1, would my weight then be too much for a smaller horse?? I'm essentially in the same weight range as the Op and would love to see if her barn would deny me lessons. I should also add that most BMI calculators place me as overweight and a recent health evaluation machine at work told me I was 35% body fat.
If they were the type of barn that would usually put a 5ft 1 rider only on smaller horses/ponies (14.2 and under) then they would probably say you were too heavy for them but if they keep larger horses for people that are taller - which you are then you wouldn't be considered too heavy for them
Its not easy to understand what their aim is but I'm guessing that they tend to not have a lot of larger horses so small women/children are always put on small horses/ponies leaving the larger horses reserved for taller riders.
You also have to take into account that if they do insist on putting riders that are shorter in height on smaller animals the saddles that fit a 13.2 to 14.2 ponies, especially if they're short backed are typically going to be between 15 and 16 inches which is going to be too small for a taller rider or a larger rider - so for @Horsef - having a correct sized saddle for a smaller pony isn't anything to do with the saddle being too dainty for someone with a large backside its about whats a good fit for the pony which should always be a priority
When my son and I rode at an Arabian barn they just didn't cater for 6ft+ riders at all but as they did have a couple of part breds that were tall enough for him and up to his weight which was about 160 pounds at the time they were happy for him to take his own saddle along
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I always thought this sounded like something that came from a mounted military units that actually saw combat, like Dragoons and Cavalry. Those horses were used hard, saw a ton of miles every day and jumped a lot.

It makes sense to me in the modern context of racing, show jumping, eventing and maybe even endurance. A light rider is just going to do those things better and be easier for the horse.

There are a lot of big boys out there riding horses doing real work like roping and performance events. 230+ wouldn't even be overweight for a rider that is around 6'3 or so.

Sorry that happened to you. Honestly they probably did you a favor, you can guess what kind of people they are when they have rules like that for even beginner level riders.
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