10-26-2010, 02:12 AM
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Not mentioned yet in this thread is that it makes a lot of difference how well a heavy rider can carry their own weight. If they are well balanced, can post the trot well, know how to lean when going up or down or around corners, have enough core muscle to carry themselves upright and sit in correct alignment (not in a chair seat), then this will make a HUGE (pun intended) difference in what the horse feels.
A rider of 150 lbs who flops around unbalanced and bangs into the horse's back is much harder on the horse than a 200 lb rider who rides in balance and with symppathy.
I am not quite 200 yet, but not so far away. I like to think that I am in the category of the sympathetic rider.
Which is she? (the trainer, I mean)