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sunshine2020

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sunshine2020 says:

weight advice please!!!

My 3 year old cob, 14 hh is getting broke in but my husband who can't ride really likes him and wants to ride him.  Problem is he's 6' tall and weighs 16 stone.

He says it ok I say no way.    It's causing loads of arguments.

What do you think????????

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rhapsody

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rhapsody says:

Re: weight advice please!!!

Apart from the fact I think he's way too tall and probably a bit too heavy, it's never a good idea to mix a newly broken inexperienced horse and someone who is a completely novice rider - recipe for disaster I should think.

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inthepink

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inthepink says:

Re: weight advice please!!!

 My dad is learning to ride on our 14.2/14.1 ish pony - and he's 5ft11 and maybe 13/14 stone ish.. But the pony's experienced, and if my dad gets unbalanced he just stops!! I think rhapsody's right, novice horse + novice rider is a bad idea, if he wants to learn do you know any other horses he can learn on?

(I hope we aren't getting onto the weight issue again though..)

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CharParsley620

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Re: weight advice please!!!

 Bad idea. Full stop. (IMO)

It's lonely in the saddle since the horse died.

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Rosebudd

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Rosebudd says:

Re: weight advice please!!!

 after reading the last weight saga, hopefully this wont turn out the same way.. 

 

inexperienced X inexperienced = trouble ( IMO)

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: weight advice please!!!

Firstly the height thing perhaps your husband too tall, then there is the horse not developed enough as the Cob is slow to mature, then is it a lightweight, medium weight, or heavy weight cob. Then as the others have said novice horse and novice rider equals A & E dept and make sure his insurance is up to date and never ride without a riding helmet especially novices or anyone in fact. I am 6ft 2in as is my Son and we used to ride Tonka a Gypsy Cob 15.1h, then I had a 17.2h ex-racehorse, now a 16.1h Belgian Warmblood. Another thing that comes to mind is that make sure the clips holding the stirrup leathers are down so the leathers slip off easily so no broken ankles or being dragged, have heard an ankle go sounds like a twig snapping makes me shudder even after 40 odd years, then making sure that there is 1/2" either side of the boot or shoe with heel in the stirrup, this actually caught me out recently as I use Mountain Horse Riding Boots and they are wide and had to buy Shires Prussian Stirrups 5 1/2" wide as normal stirrups seem to only go up to 120mm which is aprox 4 3/4inches which I had been using for years with Tonka but when came off the ex-racehorse foot stuck in stirrup as she moved off when trying to mount.

 

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: weight advice please!!!

novice horse + novice rider - no way

The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man - Winston Churchill

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SuzyA

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SuzyA says:

Re: weight advice please!!!

That's one big chap!  What's the hurry?  At three years old I would have thought your cob still needs time to mature and fully develop, it just wouldn't be fair on your pony, specially since your husband can't ride.  A horse needs to adjust his balance accordingly with a rider on it's back, your pony has it's own balance to worry about at the moment let alone a rider.  If it were my pony I would definitely say no.  Concentrate on getting him backed, do some basics, and then maybe even turn away for a while.  It's great that your husband likes him, and I'm sure there's lots of other stuff he can do with your pony that doesn't involve riding.  Hope all goes well 

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jenappaloosapony

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Re: weight advice please!!!

 Not that weight on a youngster, it's unfair! My 14.2 only takes 10 stone max!

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sunshine2020

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sunshine2020 says:

Re: weight advice please!!!

Thanks,  just what I thought.   He's getting broken to drive as well so hopefully he will enjoy driving him and give up his thoughts of riding.

 

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alrees

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alrees says:

Re: weight advice please!!!

I am 5ft7 and I my 14'2hh welsh cob x arab would not be capable of carrying a 6ft man.... I think your partner is to big for him really. I wouldnt let a man ride my horse as I know he would be too tall and heavy for him, plus he doesn't really like men :-P

~Beauty is in the eye of the beholder~ ~Never judge a horse by its past,always look at what it can do for you in the future~

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