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.