Would love to take up riding again... am I too big?(32 Posts)
I done riding lessons from the age of 10-13 when I was thrown off and broke both my arms. It put me off riding again but I still have a love of horses.
My brother started riding about 2 years ago and is doing it 3 times a week now. He has built a fantastic relationship with a horse and is hoping to buy her soon.
I don't know what he weighs, but he is a lot bigger and taller than me.
I'm 5'8 and 18st 2lb (size 20) at the moment. I'm on the Cambridge plan so losing about 7lb per week.
He has offered me the chance to start lessons with him.
I'm scared I'm too big and will hurt the horse. I know he's a lot heavier than me and the horse seems fine but I'm just scared I'll hurt her.
I'm not even sure the actual size of the horse but she is massive
It's a great aspiration, good on you for doing such positive things!
agree with pixel, you are not that far away from getting back in the saddle
well done so far and good luck, keep us posted
(you see loads of quite big men out hunting for a full day so not everyone has to weigh about 6 stone)
awakemysoull I don't think you have to wait that long, plenty of riding schools have a limit of 14 stone but that is because they don't have the horses that can carry more than that, it doesn't mean that there aren't any horses that can carry more than that comfortably (for example highlands are bred to carry huge stags down mountains, a 15 stone human wouldn't seem that much to them). I personally think 18 stone is too much to expect of a horse (and I realise you are in full agreement with that) but I wouldn't necessarily object to 15 stone on a suitable horse with properly fitting tack, so don't feel too bad .
You are correct that there are lots of larger people riding but that doesn't make it right so fair play to you for putting the horse's welfare first, too many people don't IMO.
Foxy, I was provided with the horse by the riding school based on my height and weight, I trusted their judgement.
Can I point out to the people who seems disgusted with me for even thinking of getting back into riding that I AM NOT GOING FOR LESSONS UNTIL I AM DOWN TO 12 STONE AT THE VERY MOST.
It was just a question, I have seen a lot bigger people on horses and I wondered what the horse/weight ratio should be.
I understand and have said several times up the thread that I'm not going to go for lessons. It wouldn't be fair on the horse and I don't want to cause it any suffering.
Did you miss my previous post Foxy? (Tue 20.59)
Miss guinea pigs, how do you know the horse had no problem carrying your weight? They can't talk, they won't buckle at the knee but it doesn't mean they won't suffer discomfort and back problems.
OP I'm about the same size as you but a little shorter and there is no way I'd get on a horse, sorry. Well done on the weight loss, keep up the good work. I'm doing the same and will ride again at about 12 stone or so.
I got back into riding a few years ago & my sister was keen to join me - that particular stables had a cap of 14 stone as no big horses there but when we looked around the max seemed to be 16 stone (even at the garrison so a few muscly fellas there).
I agree with Foxy, don't take the P, not fair.
Naoko, I have a solid cobby sort (only 15.2 but takes up lots of leg so you wouldn't look tall) and the vet tells me he could take 15 stone so I'm sure you will be fine. I asked him because someone at the stables was asking to ride him and I thought she was too heavy so wanted to be able to 'blame' the vet iyswim to avoid ill-feeling
so don't go thinking I am 15 stone .
At my heaviest when I had lessons, I was 18st. The horse I learnt on had no problems with me. The riding school told me they knew of much larger (and heavier) women than me who rode.
Based on what, other than opinion, FoxyHarlow?
This is interesting and a little worrying to me. I'm hoping to get back into riding in the next two years or so as hopefully my income will increase to the point where I can manage to. Most of the schools around me have weight limits of 13 or 14 stone, and of course I understand that this is for the protection of the horses. The thing is, I'm 6ft tall. At 6ft, 13 stone puts you at a BMI of 24.7, which is in the healthy range. 14 stone is overweight, but not by very much. I'm less than 13 stone at the moment, and I've never been more than 12 and a half stone, but at my height, it's certainly not impossible that I could approach the schools' weight limits without being a danger to my own health.
Are there really no horses for tall, average or only slightly overweight people to ride without doing the horses harm? I haven't ridden in any serious capacity since I was 14 and already most of my adult height but a super skinny size 6 so it wasn't an issue then, and I've always preferred big, solid horses anyway, but it's a depressing thought that I'd not be able to ride as an adult just because I'm tall and a healthy weight
It is NOT more about balance than weight. A well balanced rider of 18 stone still weighs 18 stone, which is way too heavy to even consider getting on a horse. It is a privilege to ride a horse, not a right and we have a duty of care to them. I wouldn't let anyone anywhere near a horse of any size if they were over 14 stone. Just because a horse doesn't buckle at the knees when you get on doesn't mean it's ok to do so.
I thought the 20% rule was an absolute maximum and the ideal was supposed to be 10%?
Interesting how things change.. Not so long ago we had to wear weights as female riders to " create a fair competition" I'm sure that was up to 13 stone. Plenty of bigger horses Carry over 100kg. Just as they pull great big loads! Go find a nice Clyde cross or similar and enjoy!
There was a study done recently, read about it in horse and rider (I think, or similar) mag and on some American website that sends daily updates of equine research. The problem is that saddles tend to only go up to 18inches and the pressure caused under that surface area by more than 99kg (fully dressed rider) starts to cause long term damage to the entire structure under the saddle - blood flow, muscles etc.
Since I read this my belief is that a rider should be a maximum of 20% of the horses body weight upto a maximum of 99kg in full riding gear.
I have also heard that the equation trumpetron gives can be used as a rough guide, that is shouldn't carry more than 20% their own body weight.
So that is a horse of 571kg. Our 16.1hh slender TB eventer is 518kg, so it does seem likely that there will be many horses out there that are capable of accommodating you in a gentle re-start of riding awakemysoull, even while you are still working to loose weight (and well done on that, BTW).
In fact, when I think of it, I used to know of a chap of nearly 17 stones who regularly hunted and I don't imagine you want to hunt just yet.
Best wishes with your return to the saddle!
Well, sounds like you are doing brilliantly and at the speed you are losing weight I'd be inclined to say wait until after Christmas before thinking about riding. It will be a good incentive/reward and you will enjoy it much more. You've had a bad experience in the past so why not give yourself the best chance of feeling comfortable and relaxed when you start again? .
(that wasn't meant to be as patronising as it sounded btw. I've struggled to lose nearly 2st this summer and I can feel the difference it has made to my riding. I'm sure dhorse appreciates it too!).
I don't suppose it would do any harm to go down to the stables and have a chat etc.
Even if I helped out voluntarily for a bit to build my confidence back up with the horses again. I'm still a bit shaky being up close. It was a nasty throw I got and really painful
I dont think you are too big for a 17/3 horse, but getting up there can be a challenge - I struggle to get on my 16.2 from the ground.
you might find you balence not as good as it was if you are heavier than you were when you last rode.
I have a similar problem in a way. I have just been given the most amazing TB mare, but she is only a very slight 15hh, and I am nearly 11 stone - so I suspect I will be too big for her. I am going to school her on, but I think she will have to go to a teenager
My other horse is a 16.2 WB, so used to carrying a lump like me
I also have the option of a horse which is 17/3 if I was to take it up again.
The stables seem quite happy but I thought I'd get other opinions before I started again.
I'll lose a few more stone and treat myself to lessons then a horse
I have been Informed that the horse is 16/3
Go to the stables, it is more about balance than weight.
My brother was selected as the 'main man' of our local common riding. I'm not sure if anyone knows what a common riding is but every town in the Scottish Borders has one every year. It's a tradition that's been going on for decades.
Most of the week is spent on horseback and he was given a horse that is actually massive. I will try and find out the size of the horse but I do think I'll be leaving it until this weight is off.
I put it on the past few months being given pregnant with dd2 who is now 4 months old. I have no excuse anymore so it's coming off and staying off
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