Ok guys, i'm very confused, I'm off to try a 16.2 TB tomorrow for a 3 day share, I'm 5'10 and weigh about 13.5 stone, My last horse was 15.3, but a TBX. Just spoken to my dad, and he's told me i'm too big for 16.2, I have told the owner my height and weight, and she seems more than happy.
I would say if the owner is happy then it's probably fine, they must know their own horse. Wish someone who is an expert would show up here to tell us more! I do know a TB who would happily take a (larger than you) man hunting all day in her youth but can only be ridden by lighter riders now she is mid twenties.
Is that your weight with all your riding gear and boots on?
Oh I forgot my hat last time I checked my riding weight! HATE getting on scales at best of times but is scary with heavy boots on.
That is really horrible of your dad, in the absence of an actual expert I think you should trust the owner's judgement. She is hardly likely to waste her or your time if she didn't think it was ok. So good luck for tomorrow, hope you click - have you met the owner/horse before? Let us know how it goes.
Hiya, TBs vary greatly in terms of build. For example, I have a 16.2hh TB thats very fine and has a very short neck - my husband who is 5ft10 and 14stone has only ridden him once and I think both he and horse thought once was more than enough! I have another TB who measures the same to the withers but is much bulkier (looks almost like a warmblood) and my husband happily rides him and even jumps him on the odd occasion. I always use the general rule that as long as it is healthy a horse can carry 1/5th of it's weight comfortably - so your average TB should be fine with upto about 90kg. Once you ride him you'll know if he's right for you. Good luck
I'm 14.5st, 5'9" and I have a 16.2hh Lusitano who has a similar "bone structure" to a middleweight TB. My horse, JT, "is" overweight, only ridden a couple of times a week and he is 20 years old. He seems to be more than happy carrying me - admittedly we're not really doing anything more than pootling about with the odd canter, but he's quite happy to do an hours schooling, or a lesson with trotting poles.
Personally, I think you'll be absolutely fine and if the owner is happy, they are the best judge of whether you are too large for their horse. Enjoy and I hope the share works out well! (Ignore your dad, he IS just being spiteful!)
I'm 5'3 and more or less 13.5 stone nakedon a good day and I'd be totally overhorsed on a 16.2 thoroughbred. I used to have a 13hh new forest, and occasionally have a potter round on our big old traditional Shetland. I think your dad sounds like he has issues about your height and you need to tell him to bog off! It's not up to him!