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Hi all --

I rode a horse this morning that I could possibly purchase. There were a lot of pros, but some cons. I'm hoping you could all help me with this decision. Now before I begin, I realize that there are plenty of other horses out there.. so I'm not incredibly stuck on this one. I just want to make sure I'm doing the right thing.. for both me, and the horse.

Nora, is an 8 year old, 15.2 Sorrel OTTB mare. She's barefoot, and has had some training with dressage, and jumping. For the most part in the last 7 months, she's been out to pasture, and had no other training.

About me.. I used to ride, 10 years ago! I'm obviously plus sized, and stand at 5'9. I thought getting back in the saddle would be like riding a bike all over again. All of a sudden, I'm finding that I can't use my core, I'm off balance, and I can't sit at the canter! I felt like I was all over the place.

What do I do? Get the horse, and slowly work my way back in to riding again.. or let the horse do bigger and better things with other people? I already feel like I'm too big for the horse.. but I don't think my legs are too long.

Anyway.. any help/critique would be appreciated.
 

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I wouldn't buy her simply because she has light bones as is typical of Thoroughbreds. her back seems long and her coupling fairly weak as well, which means she may not be optimal for taking weight as easily as, say, a short backed, NON halter bred Quarter Horse or paint may be. Is that a western saddle pad under the English saddle there? I'm confused.
 

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Hi all --

I already feel like I'm too big for the horse.. but I don't think my legs are too long.

Anyway.. any help/critique would be appreciated.
This is my red flag here, I have battled that one to much. As a Plus rider believe me when I say that niggle will not go away.

Do not buy anything that makes you question yourself, wait until you find the gem that suits you NOW, it will carry your weight, and is at the level that suits your confidence, fitness, and ability
 
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