Does This Seem Ridiculous, Or Is It Me?

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    05-12-2013, 06:36 PM
Does This Seem Ridiculous, Or Is It Me?

I came across this article while browsing in my boredom. Not so hot to trot! Horses are victims of human obesity crisis because overweight riders are giving their mounts health problems | Mail Online

I thought that 15% seemed to be a really low amount, so I calculated the approximate percentage of my weight. I way about 116 pounds (on a good day) so we'll say I weigh 120. My mare weighs approx. 1200 pounds. That means that I'm 10% of my horse's weight. 15% percent of her body weight is 180 pounds. I honestly don't think 180 is that bad! Now if it were a smaller horse, like my gelding, who only weighs about 1050. I'm 11, almost 12 percent of his weight. For a horse that ways 1500 pounds, 15% is only 225. It is just me, or does this not sound a bit ridiculous?
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    05-12-2013, 06:41 PM
I'm 5'9, 180 lbs and ride a 14.3 950 lb gelding. Sounds like bs to me
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    05-12-2013, 06:52 PM
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I vote BS and am really sick of hearing about this crap all the time. Can't they find something else to do with their time?? Write a book or something. Go ride, enjoy life, geesh!

EDIT: Oh crap, never mind the book, it would probably be on overweight people riding horses,
    05-12-2013, 07:26 PM
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Oh, good grief! I can think of a zillion other things people are doing in the horse world that would cause health problems to their horse....
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    05-12-2013, 08:44 PM
I'm 5'3, 135 pounds and my 14.3hh mare, who weighs 950 pounds, doesn't seem to mind.
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    05-12-2013, 08:55 PM
The horses have a limit, but that percentage calculation is so dumb.
    05-13-2013, 05:39 AM
I would think it would depend on the condition, age, breed, etc. of horse as well as the skill and ability of the rider. I mean if you put an inexperienced bouncing butt rider who weighs 120lbs on a 1,100lb 30 year old arthritic, sway backed 16 hand TBH horse and they ride at a gallop for 50% of their 20 mile trail ride over rocks and mountains crossing paved roads etc. it would do more damage than a 200lb experienced rider with a good seat on a 7 year old well muscled 1,100lb. Fjord horse riding in an indoor groomed arena.

I think that it isn't realistic to make a blank statement as to a percentage of rider weight per horse weight do to all the variables.

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    05-13-2013, 05:53 AM
You should head on over to the plus size riders board, BornToRun. We all have rather... interesting views on studies like that xD
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    05-13-2013, 01:43 PM
Considering there is alot of 200lb cowboys with heavey western saddles riding 900 lb quarter horses, I think they need to rethink their numbers.
    05-13-2013, 01:48 PM
Complete and ultimate bs.

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