Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
pile of rubish.
Most men, and the majority of women should be riding drafts by that definition.
My 800# arab should only carry 80#, including saddle(!!!!), so that's, what, a 60# rider, average size of a 10 year old??!!?? I weigh more than double that(as do most women), and after a year of very hard riding she has not had one back problem or lameness issue.
Its only recently that people started breeding really big saddle horses in north america, most before were 14-15hh, 700-900#. Most traditional horse cultures(in tibet, the middle east, native americans) bred strong, fast, hearty, enduring horses in the 13-15hh range weighing 900# or less. You can't tell me those guys were all under 80lb....