Thanks Bushy, I'm riding in South Africa and they don't much give a s**t about the horse out there - just so long as you pay for the ride! I'm not much of a rider and last time I went the guy gave me a horse but didn't set everything up for me. On tiptoe my dangly bits were about an inch clear of the saddle (apparently the stirrups should have been raised) and after about 15 mins I revolved around the horse and fell off - landing on the only tree stump for miles and busting a couple of ribs!
The girth(?) strap hadn't been tightened and everything went round with me! Even with the guide holding it's head and a little black helper hanging on to it's tail, there was no way this horse was having me back onboard so my wife and I swapped horses (she rides well). We went on for another couple of miles and then went back and by the time we arrived the horse I was riding (I use the term loosely!) had it's head so far down it's chin was nearly plowing a furrow and it was covered in lather - smothered in it! - and we were only walking them along! I never want to ride again if it's going to put a horse under that much pressure and effort so that's why I want to know about sizes of horses/carrying capacity. I don't think it's fair to work a beast that hard in the hot sun and would just as soon not bother if it meant that again (the horse, not the fall). Don't suppose I could borrow Cutter and your armchair that you call a saddle for a couple of weeks? Perhaps he might like a holiday abroad. Will he fit in my suitcase?
Thanks a lot mate,