I don't do much riding any more, but I grew up riding.
As long as the animal is used to large riders, it's more about your balance & seat than your weight (within reason--come on now, I hope you all know that I don't mean a big gal like me can ride a shetland pony ^_~). Most horses can accommodate a SSBBW who can move with with the horse & not throw it off balance (but personally I think it really isn't fair for a big gal like me to get up on a horse that isn't in condition).
I prefer ground-work now, especially with with donkeys & mules (I like to tell people my mother has a prize-winning @$$, haha--of course I mean donkey).
I have ridden horses most of my life..travelled all over africa. and competed on all levels.. and done most things breeding training racing s/jumping dressage showing. x-country .. 3 day events hunter trials fancydress..charity events plus.. havn't done that much in the last 5 years... mee riding brazichka my 8yr old gelding :) in 97 in Zimbabwe .showing class
It's all in the horse you pick to ride. A horse who is in shape can easily carry 25% of his body weight comfortably - include the tack too. So if you picked a light breed horse they can be 900-1000lbs while a draft can weigh in at 2500lbs. My old QH was 1500 and he carried me like I was Twiggy. But riding is a LOT of work (stomach, legs and arms) and you will be very sore if you dont prepare before hopping on for an hour or so ride. It looks a lot easier than it is :-) But the love and trusting relationship you can build with your 4 legged riding partner is pretty amazing!
GApeachBBW write: Hey fellow horse lovers! I actually own a few horses. One Clydesdale, a TB, two Andalusians, and a Friesian. *smiles* Quite a collection! It's nice to see other horse people on here.
Oh I'm so jealous! I had a Friesian filly bought but the vet who vetted her missed a GLARING problem (she was club footed in BOTH front feet) so thankfully the woman took her back. I currently have 2 off the track TB's that try very hard to drive me insane
This is my first post, so forgive me if I in some way mess it up! lol. I am a fellow horseygal! I have three geldings.. (RoDeo, RoMeo and Biggin) I rodeo all of the southern states all year and we take a trip to Texas and Oklahoma twice a year!