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post #31 of 95 Old 02-10-2010, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the discussion. It has really shed some new light!

FORGOT A VERY IMPORTANT DETAIL! This is an ALL GIRLS SCHOOL! Just to clarify. So this rule does not apply to men at all. Don't see how they could make this rule if they had men. Haha.

The team is required to do a workout session twice a week anyway, then two lessons, then team practices as well as a riding class outside of the team.

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post #32 of 95 Old 02-10-2010, 04:51 PM
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I think its a great rule. Riding is a sport, and you are an athlete if you ride, so you should cross train and take better care of yourself as an athlete. You'll do better, and its fairer on the horse.

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I could understand this rule for beginner riders, but not experienced ones.
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thanks for the discussion. It has really shed some new light!

FORGOT A VERY IMPORTANT DETAIL! This is an ALL GIRLS SCHOOL! Just to clarify. So this rule does not apply to men at all. Don't see how they could make this rule if they had men. Haha.

The team is required to do a workout session twice a week anyway, then two lessons, then team practices as well as a riding class outside of the team.


That is an important detail!! I still think the school is setting themselves up for a lawsuit but they may be able to win it.

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post #35 of 95 Old 02-10-2010, 07:22 PM
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I don't think they should set a 200 rule because it doesn't apply to every horse. Instead, they should put weight restriction on each individual horse. I mean, not all horses can carry 200 pounds and some horses can carry much more than that!

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I didn't read all of this but I think its horrible BUT in a good way its a great idea for some heavier horse lovers, to set a goal to loose weight to be able to get on the team to ride. Kind of like a motivation.
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It really is more like motivation than anything. They are really trying to help the entire team be healthy and think of themselves as athletes. And because they ride horses from different schools, they need a restriction because you don't necessarily know the conditions of the other horses. It's very hard to get a horse donated to a program like that and most come with lameness issues anyway. Just trying to preserve the horse as I understand.

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Well, I don't want to be the bad one, really - don't get me wrong, I am a chubby person myself. All my weight goes into my belly.

I am 5'7" and I weight about 160 pounds, maybe a bit more. My new coach, Events Prelim/Advanced and compeats hardcore and whenever I am with her, she stresses how important rider physical fitness is important.

We are a team, horse and rider. We are not meant to just sit ontop of our horses like a sack of potatoes. If we aren't breaking a sweat when we ride, we aren't doing it right. If our abs aren't buring, we aren't doing it right - we must be working just as hard as our horses.

Becky Holder wrote a great article in a recent Practicle Horseman about how she lost weight and is now even more of a better athletic Eventer than she ever has been - because she is now that much more of a contributor to her horse and their job.

My Coach, has me - well ok - trying to have me - do 30 situp's a day, as a starting point...A STARTING POINT - oh my gosh....just thinking about it I break a sweat. To find out that many Eventers who are mid to upper level are physcially fit, to be physcially prepared for this demanding sport.

That is the same for Hunters, Jumpers, Dressage, and the list goes on.

So, I agree. You should be working just as hard as your horse is when you ride. To do that, you must be physically fit.

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I generally think its a good rule, if you're going to be riding the schools horses. If you bring your own in, the weight limit shouldn't apply, because a) its your horse and your horse only and b) you should be generally smart enough to not weight 200 lbs and be riding a little 14.1 pony.

I would like to know though, why its not a restriction on the dressage team also? Western saddles are built to distribute weight loads evenly so I can understand that, but dressage saddles, or any English saddle, puts a lot of pressure in a small amount of space.
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I think it is a great idea. Generally horses that are used at the college level are more active and competitive, so think about what health effects a heavy rider could be putting on the horse. It isn't right to make the horse carry around that amount of weight, esp. When jumping. It's selfish for people to think that it has no effect on the horse.

A close friend of mine leased her horse out to a barn for lessons, and she told the owner "no one over 180 pounds can ride my horse", and of course some girl who was over that rode the horse and now the horses joints and tendons are suffering. People who think it is discrimination need to look at the big picture. Not only is it VERY unhealthy for the horse, but for the rider as well.



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