Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj
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.
We have a 13.5 HH Arabian pony named Thunder, who had a real bad habit of bolting into a gallop constantly when we first got him. He has an endless amount of energy and loves to run. Needless to say we didn't know any one small that had the experience to teach the horse better manners.
I am 6'1" 200lbs and decided I would get on him figuring he would not want to run with my heavy butt on his back. Needless to say he took off as if I was not even on his back. Taking me by surprise, I went for a crazy ride jumping a five foot wide ditch and zig zaging through other obstacles covering about 500 yards in a hurry before I got him to start listening to me and regaining control. Despite me weighing 30% of thunders weight, Thunder never missed a step.
I have rode him a few times and now he is a great horse to ride, and my size has never meant a thing to him.
Horses are far stronger than most people give them credit for.
IMHO the horse in the video simply tripped, it can happen to any horse and has nothing to do with the size of the rider.