Starting this next semester, there will be a weight restriction on the riders on the hunt seat team (not the dressage or western teams). I looked at the roster for next season (not on it yet, but hopefully will be) and the numbers are significantly down. I can't help but wonder if it is because of this new rule. This new rule also applies to the people taking riding classes as a part of their major.
They call it the Horse and Rider Wellness Policy.
"At the beginning of each semester: During the first ten days of each semester, individuals who wish to participate on the riding teams or in riding classes must meet with the _____ College Athletic Trainer. During that meeting the individual will have a confidential weigh-in session with the athletic trainer. If the individual weighs 200 pounds or more, they will lose their riding privileges. The individual who exceeds the weight limit may still participate with the riding teams and/or classes by participating in constructive, educational alternative activities designed by the coach and/or instructor."
"According to accepted standards in the equine industry, a saddle horse may bear weight up to 20% of its body weight. This guideline is based on consideration of average, middle-age horses that perform light work and of average physical condition. The typical ____ College horse weighs approximately one thousand pounds and is generally older. Additionally, the horses in the College herd are used by a variety of riders on a daily basis increasing the stress on the muscular skeletal system of the horses."
So, if the rider doesn't meet the weight requirement and still wishes to ride, they are required to meet with a trainer once a week until they meet weight.
So, what are your opinions on this new rule? Never heard of it at a college before...
For the record, the rule will not affect me. Just curious on opinions.