Re: Touchy subject rider weight
I've been reading all this with interest, but haven't commented until now....
as 3MMM said, there are a lot of people with health and metabolic difficulties out there who although large in size still want to enjoy their horses, and if your horse is up to carrying your weight, why on earth not?
Horses have evolved into many different types and kinds for doing a variety of jobs, not just the average riding horse, or the tb & arab, bred for speed.
There are the heavy draught horses, Shires, Percherons, Belgian Draught, Ardennais, Boulonnais, Clydesdale, to name but a few, and they are bred for weight carrying - and although she doesn't mention it, wagonsroll has I think 2 percherons, who as I just said, are bred for weight carrying.
So if you ride the horse to suit your weight, and don't take it out of it's bred-in comfort zone - ie take a tb to pull the Wadworths beer dray - then I can't see a problem.