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    Heavy set riders May I ask some questions? *UPDATE she came #64*

    I will explain why I need to ask questions.

    This would be for almost anyone that is 280 lbs or less............

    I personally struggle with the first question myself and need this.
    Do you use a mounting block? or is it easy for you to get in the saddle?
    Does your saddle always slip? (assuming your weight is pulling the saddle toward you) or do you get it tight enough that it never slips on you?
    Do you have someone on the other side holding the stirrup til your in?
    Once your in the saddle are you comfortable? Saddle size matters too no doubt, what size is your saddle?
    The biggest I have is a 16 in .... is this enough for a woman at 250lbs?
    I need these answers cause I have a gal that called me and asked if I would 'try' to help her. If it works for her in the first lesson and she is comfortable (my job in making sure of that - thus the reason for ?'s) then she will continue forward with me.
    She has been turned down at another stable.
    I would at least like to TRY and help her out.
    Besides, she sounds like a hoot on the phone.
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    Awww, bless her heart! Well, as a heavier rider myself, not 250 but around 195 & 5'8 inches, I have found that if I do stretches before I mount up it makes it easier to mount, plus the more practice she has, the easier it will be to mount up. Also when she mounts, if not using a mounting block, have her pull more on the back of the saddle and not on the horn. This will keep the saddle from slipping with the weight and will take the pressure off the withers making the horse less likely to want to move away from her while she's trying to mount. I ride in a 16 inch & it's just right for me but I'm proportioned so that my weight is distributed evenly all over.
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    Yes, I use a mounting block!

    I'm not as big as this person you have coming out ... but I'm bigger than average.

    Yes, if I don't have a block, I have someone hold the stirrup. I like it better when I have a block though.

    I have a 16" saddle, but I don't think it fits me that well. I would have done better in a 17". My english saddle is 17 1/2" but it might be a little small for me too. I can ride comfortable in both of them, but other people have made comments (which wasn't very nice of them).

    Do you know how tall she is? If she's tall, then 250 might fit into a 16". If she's short, and most of it is in the tail ... then she might not.

    Its funny ... until 2 years ago, I hadn't ridden since I was 17 years old (and thin). It was quite a shock to not be able to mount without a block!

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    Um pretty much everyone I know uses a mounting block. skinny or heavy. and pretty much no one I know who heavy has a saddle slip. and who holds the other stirup?
    honestly it is kind of rude to think that anything who is 180 plus pounds needs extra help to get on a horse. cause is your tall 180 isent really that overweight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NotFadeAway View Post
    honestly it is kind of rude to think that anything who is 180 plus pounds needs extra help to get on a horse. cause is your tall 180 isent really that overweight.
    She is asking the questions because she doesn't want to assume ....

    you know what happens when you "assume" don't you?

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    Well I can re word it..... I personally have my saddle slip on me. (lately) cause
    A. I am older and slower than I have ever been.
    B. I am not as agile as I used to be.
    C. I am heavier than I used to be.
    Sorry I mean no offense, but to be honest with you?
    I am in this same catagory so I guess I am asking questions for myself too.
    But I know what works for me.
    I need help in relation to helping THIS woman.
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    Oh and before I was 40 years old? I NEVER used a mounting block. There was no need.
    So pretty much everyone? I think it depends on the person, the height of the horse and the agility of the rider.
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    im close to 190 also... and not to tall ... i need a mounting block with elvis...even if i wasnt short and stout i would need it with him,,, he is close to 16 hh,,, but i wanted a bigger horse so i wouldnt cause them back problems..(with me being heavy.)i had a smaller horse a few years back, and i was so proud of myself that i didnt need a mounting block with her.. (she was small but drafty)but we didnt mesh...
    i do ride with a loose girth, and sometimes when i get off i notice the saddle slide over a bit...(* sometimes alot) depending how sweaty he has gotten ..he is such a saint though.... just stands there until i fix it...
    meet her and take it from there...
    both my western saddles are 17in/
    everyone said i didnt need it, but they are the most comfortable saddles... i tried a 16 and i felt mushed into it. i think even though a 16 might fit in one saddle- in a different brand one might need a 17, you know what i mean...

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    I am 5'7" about 230ish (cant believe i just said that XD but it is going down slowely Whoot!!) but i brought a 17inch saddle like 3yrs ago and its to big so i am buying a 16 this winter. As for mounting i think it will depend more on how tall she is. I mount by myself. Just got to get a good push with the leg on the ground. my mare is just over 15hh. just to make easyer probally use a mounting block if you have one =)
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    I do believe this woman is either 5'2 or 5'5 I don't recall what she said. (she talked alot lemme tell ya)
    The horse she is going to ride is very close to 16hh. I KNOW she will need a step up. Heck I do when I ride him too.
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