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alrees

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alrees says:

Re: Touchy subject rider weight

I think that as long as the horse you are riding is happy and comfortable then that is all that really matters, I think that someone heavy riding a horse too small for them is unfair on the horse. Also I think that people should take into consideration that most cobs, heavy horses have been bred for carrying and pulling weight. A full up welsh cob should easily carry a mans weight as they are working type horses.
A friend of mine had a Percheron gelding who was 17'2hh and would carry anything! and they are bred to pull anything up to a tonne! so a chubby woman on board was nothing to him!!
Another big problem is people buying horses which are too big and strong for them e.g. a small 12 year old girl buying a 16'2hh warmblood?? sorry for me that is more concerning that a chubby person riding a horse...
In my oppinion as long as the horse is comfortable carrying the weight wether it be 12 stone or 20 stone then it is fine... I say just buy the best horse to suit you... don't by a ex-racehorse when your a chubbster ;D

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natalie.123

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natalie.123 says:

Re: Touchy subject rider weight

this topic seems to have got a bit away from the original question.  Noone was having a go at larger people, simply stating their opinion, and unless that person is a size 0 i think it's not intended as a dig or nasty remark at all.   Having been a size 18 and a size 10 and all inbetween i can honestly say my horse went equally well at all weights.  I am a believer it's not nec the size of the rider but the way they ride.  Blanace and soft hands go a long long way in making horses comfortable.  someone who may be bigger that has ridden for years will prob be lighter in the saddle and on the mouth than a "skinny" beginner who may well plop about.  Obv you try to buy a horse to suit you and your needs and they would soon let you know if they didnt like it.   I think my main concern for a much bigger person would be the what if's of situations, such as your on a hack and the horse spooks and you come off, can you get back on, as a lot of the weight carriers are bigger horses and people are not usually 8ft tall and 20st.

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Tommytank

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Tommytank says:

Re: Touchy subject rider weight

 If you call me a bigot one more time i WILL report you, I have friends of all shapes and sizes, coloured friends, homosexual friends - you are insulting me and I never once aimed a comment or insult at you and you have refered to me as a bigot because you did not agree with my opinion.  

I have tried to do the right thing and just ignore but comparing me to the klu Klux Clan is the final straw

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igglepop

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igglepop says:

Re: Touchy subject rider weight

 i agree with the fitness you say too, im size 18 (almost 16) and can run a 10k run with no problem. Would still like to be lighter but atleast i can carry my own weight without a problem and dont unbalcnce the horse

 

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equi

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equi says:

Re: Touchy subject rider weight

 Thing is wagon wheel, you can be 3 stone overweight but 5 ft so you are still not that heavy. 3 stone overweight at about 6ft tall is a lot more than a horse can carry.

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sallyprice

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sallyprice says:

Re: Touchy subject rider weight

It's amazing how people feel so differently about weight! The weight limit at my local riding school is 11 stone and they have several 15hh+ cob types. My husband (12 stone, reasonable rider) won't even consider sitting on Rodney (14.2 chunky cob) because he feels he is too heavy. This has given me a complex and I've just lost a stone and now weigh 9st 13lbs (size 10) and still feel guilty that he's carrying too much. This thread and the article from Ohio Uni have made me realise I'm being a bit silly. Rubbish balance though!

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Wager

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Wager says:

Re: Touchy subject rider weight

Wagonsroll, you may be a generous size but your spirit doesn't match it! How dare you call someone a bigot and compare them to the Klu Klux Klan (all three words spelt with a K by the way, so accuracy obviously not another of your strong points). If your horse is happy and you are happy, personally I couldn't give a flying ferret about your weight. Everyone is entitled to their opinion in a sensible discussion, and nothing Tommytank said about the subject was bigoted. You, on the other hand, have been extremely offensive!

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melxvengeance

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Re: Touchy subject rider weight

If the "report offensive post" button was working believe me wagonsroll I would have pressed it a few times by now.

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lydiarose

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lydiarose says:

Re: Touchy subject rider weight

soniadevereux said:
Micki said:
lydiarose said:

 Why should we push our horses to be fit and not ourselves.


I'm overweight but i am a lot fitter than alot of the skinny people i know!!! Don't think that just because someone isn't skinny that they aren't fit, a very sweepng statement that.



 

I agree with you.     You cannot assume a shape of a person denotes, levels of fitness.



I like how I didn't mention anywhere in my comment anything about weight or size. Don't take your complex out on others.                    

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soniadevereux

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Re: Touchy subject rider weight

i didnt...............................................................................and i dont have a complex  just an opinion.                 if you really look at my "post with quote" I took a sentence from Micki that i agreed with. No offence meant to anyone.. I know i am not fit and i am a size 14. People assume that i am when i know full well i am far from it. I will work Roobee and myself so we can get fit and balanced at the same rate.

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