Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
From the video, it is obvious the person on her is not overly "fat". So I would assume that what was meant is that the person is to tall. And unless that person is closing in on 7'0" tall, 15.3hh is a height that ANY person can ride.
To say that this person is to big for this horse and hence that is what caused the fall is somewhat ridiculous in my opinion. A lot of things could have caused this fall, but a man riding a 15.3hh stock horse was not one of them.
A child of 5'0" and weighing 100lbs could have caused this fall on a 17hh by throwing off the centre of balance. 99% of the horses in rodeo are UNDER 16hh and ridden by 200lb+ and 6'0"+ men, so the statement that he's to big for her is a bit silly. Heck, even if she IS only 15hh, the statement is still silly. Size doesn't matter if you're not riding properly, ANY size person could have caused an accident.
And as it was her HIND end that went down first, I say bad step and not rider error at all. Rider error usually accounts for front end slips from travelling to heavy on the forehand - this mare simply lost the footing and her hind end couldn't keep up with her front end.
And for the record, as "dainty" as an Arabian may look, she could carry just as much weight as the QH you posted. Appearances are deciveing and people constantly saying "you're to big!" is silly. I am 5'7" and 200lbs and I ride a 14.3hh Arab that has ZERO problems packing me around for days at a time, and also wins at gaming.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.