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Can a 15.1 hh, 1100 lb quarter horse carry a 300 lb man for a short 1 hr trail ride?

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        03-16-2013, 04:54 PM
      #111
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jamesqf    
    Not to get too far off topic, but there is a difference between the effects of exercise, even very strenuous exercise, and the damage caused by accidents - which includes the damage caused by competitive sports like football, rugby, hockey, and similar, where the players inflict serious injury on each other. Being tackled or hit with a hockey stick is NOT exercise, nor is landing too hard after a parachute jump.

    I have a few minor bone problems, too, but they weren't caused by exercise, they were the result of getting hit by a car.
    I'm sorry. I realize that I left out the part of the story involving him humping his 60# pack all OVER THE DESERTS of the Middle East, here in the states (Ft. Bragg), & elsewhere, for the five years that didn't involve his injury/subsequent recovery time of about a year. That was part of what I meant by he and his buddies, and the fact that all of them, being infantry, walked miles and miles daily, carrying very heavy packs, and he/they all have significant breakdown at FAR TOO YOUNG an age!

    Thanks for letting me clarify, though yes, definitely off topic mainly...sorry OP!

    Re: our OP...what are your thoughts about all of this? Plan? Has this conjecture, ad nauseam, been helpful to YOU and your question at ALL?

    Gosh I sure hope so, what with all the finger flapping WE'VE gotten out of this! :0) Thank you, OP!
         
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        03-16-2013, 05:05 PM
      #112
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Back2Horseback    
    I'm sorry. I realize that I left out the part of the story involving him humping his 60# pack all OVER THE DESERTS of the Middle East, here in the states (Ft. Bragg), & elsewhere, for the five years that didn't involve his injury/subsequent recovery time of about a year. That was part of what I meant by he and his buddies, and the fact that all of them, being infantry, walked miles and miles daily, carrying very heavy packs, and he/they all have significant breakdown at FAR TOO YOUNG an age!

    Thanks for letting me clarify, though yes, definitely off topic mainly...sorry OP!

    Re: our OP...what are your thoughts about all of this? Plan? Has this conjecture, ad nauseam, been helpful to YOU and your question at ALL?

    Gosh I sure hope so, what with all the finger flapping WE'VE gotten out of this! :0) Thank you, OP!
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        03-16-2013, 05:06 PM
      #113
    Foal
    We don't normally go for more than 20 miles. It would be a long walk but walkable
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        03-16-2013, 05:16 PM
      #114
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    Originally Posted by Celeste    
    I have a (human) friend that weighs over 300 pounds. As a result, he has diabetes and hypertension. He is a heart attack waiting to happen. I feel bad for him. He certainly needs some exercise, but the heavier you are, the harder it is to get started. He (the human) is an "easy keeper". This is another topic, but it is one that is worth discussing, perhaps on another thread. Not only is the horse being stressed, the human has health problems as well.

    I am overweight, but not obese. This whole discussion is an inspiration to me. I don't want to have to give up riding just so that I can be obese.

    Not always. My husband is 300lbs, and is one of those people who goes to the Dr, dentist etc when he is supposed to. I haven't seen a Dr in years. His blood pressure is where it needs to be, no diabetes, or any of the other things usually connected with heavier people.

    He's a big guy in general, his shoulder span is really wide, his hands are like shovels. Sure he could lose a few pounds, but as it's not affecting his health, I really don't give a hoot. His desire to get on a horse is also somewhere less than zero.
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        03-16-2013, 05:23 PM
      #115
    Green Broke
    Your husband is tall enough to carry the weight.
         
        03-16-2013, 05:50 PM
      #116
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    Alex, he just looks big becuase you are tiny!
         
        03-16-2013, 08:43 PM
      #117
    Trained
    Off Topic, but if you ever ride into country like this, then you'd better not count on cell phone coverage, and the walk to help can be 50 miles. The guy in the picture is an old fried who runs cattle south of where this picture was taken. He and his boys used to ride thru that canyon herding animals.

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        03-16-2013, 09:02 PM
      #118
    Green Broke
    Well as long as we are showing our big husbands, lol. I may as well share mine. He too is big broad and tall! I am 5'7" or so and he is 6'3" or more and about 267............ He does ride with me..... And before anyone freaks out.......... we have large horses! The one in my avatar is 17.2 and at least 1500lbs.

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        03-16-2013, 11:54 PM
      #119
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Back2Horseback    
    I'm sorry. I realize that I left out the part of the story involving him humping his 60# pack all OVER THE DESERTS of the Middle East, here in the states (Ft. Bragg), & elsewhere...
    Sorry, but back in the day I too humped a military-issue pack (Marine Corps variety) over various assorted terrain. Then in the several decades since I've carried backpacks of significant weight up & down various mountains. Then there were the years I spent doing construction, spending days carrying around a couple bags of cement, boxes of tile, and other heavy objects. The only damage I've suffered is the result of accidents.

    Plain fact is, the body - human or animal - does not really wear out. It may suffer injury (like your husband) or disease, but it's almost always capable of repairing the effects of exercise, and will be the stronger for it.
         
        03-17-2013, 12:56 AM
      #120
    Trained
    If not overstressed, exercise helps. If done to excess, it will cause wear and tear that doesn't always get healed. Sorry, but I've known too many folks missing the cushions between the bones - including my SIL in his 20s.

    That isn't due to disease, but to excessive wear and tear - kind of like what would happen if you always floored the accelerator in your car.

    Pushing 55, it is obvious that it takes me more rest time between exertions to rebuild and get stronger than it did at 25. Take that rest time away, and permanent damage will occur. That is why exercise is good IF you don't overdo it. A lot of older runners will tell you their race times go UP and their injuries get more severe if they try to train daily. I've talked to guys in their 70s who get their best race times by running 2 times a week instead of daily.
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