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    03-25-2013, 10:13 AM
obese riders hurting horses

This is interesting
Not so hot to trot! Horses are victims of human obesity crisis because overweight riders are giving their mounts health problems | Mail Online
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    03-25-2013, 10:25 AM
Interesting article....but if I weighed 10% of my horse's bodyweight, I would be a skeleton...Suppose my thoroughbred weighs about 1,300 lbs...I should weigh 130. I'm 5'8" and let's just say that I haven't been 130 since my freshman year in high school...I think that statement was a bit dramatic.
    03-25-2013, 10:25 AM
It is also complete and total hogwash!
"Guidelines set by vets state that riders should weigh less than 10 per cent of the weight of their horse. But researchers from Duchy College in Cornwall found that just 5 per cent of the riders passed the test...Thirty-two per cent weighed more than 15 per cent of the weight of their animal, a level considered to pose a welfare risk."
Don't know what kind of pansy horses they raise in England, but that would suggest Mia needs a rider no more than 90 lbs in weight. Heck, Mia doesn't LIKE small kids! The only time a rider under 130 got on her, she bucked and threw the rider. But she acts happy about my 180 lbs plus 30 lb saddle (23%) gets on...she likes to go do something.

Good thing England doesn't have cowboys...not many 120 lb cowboys to ride those 1200 lb horses...YGBSM!
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    03-25-2013, 10:27 AM
If I weighed 125 pounds at my height I doubt I'd have the muscle to cling to the horse.
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    03-25-2013, 10:30 AM
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The daily mail article is alive in well in another forum How much weight should a horse carry? New study


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