Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
I think the "No one over 200 lbs." rule is rather arbitrary, because there are good riders over 200 lbs. Men usually, because they tend to be taller and weigh more than women.
I think if you have a horse who can handle a competent 200+ lb. rider, where's the issue?
I see what this team is trying to accomplish, though. Asking an older horse to work multiple times a day with bad, 90 lb. riders is easier on them than asking them to cart around bad, 200 lb. riders.
This is for the horses' well being, not discriminatory against the heavier riders.
I tend to be more on the 'fluffy' side these days, but I'm a competent rider with horses who have no trouble carrying my weight. My 14.2 h Arab carries me just fine, although I'd be extremely reluctant to let anyone weighing more than 200 lbs. ride him, even if they are competent. He's petite and can only take so much extra weight.
People need to quit screaming about discrimination and take a close, hard look at their riding skills. Are they up to snuff? Even though you're carrying some extra weight, are you balanced and light in the saddle? If you can't honestly say yes, then maybe you need to step back and consider what you just might be doing to your horse.
Those who yell the loudest about fat discrimination are usually the ones who are unhappy with their own weight, yet don't want anyone pointing out the fact that they might not be in tip top shape.