I really hope that your friend makes a speedy recovery to riding - it really sounds like he loves his horse! And that is AWESOME that he is staying spry and riding!
This seems to have been turned into a thread about people being TOO HEAVY for their mounts. I'm inclined to put my two-cents in and just say that a horse should never be asked to carry more than 20% of it's body weight... 1000lb horse, 200lb weight limit (and that is really pushing it). I don't know what ever ended up happening to it, but I found an ad one time that had a picture of a man clearly over 400 lbs on a horse that they claimed was 15.2. In the description of the horse, the ad said "No buck, rear or bolt..." My first reaction was "Well, if that is his rider, I'm sure that's not the only thing he can't do - probably can't walk very well, either!" I wish I could find it - I swear the ad had to be a joke. However, I'm not sure the man was edited ONTO the horse (that part looked very sadly REAL - the horses legs were sort of splayed to keep itself balanced)...
PS - the sizes of the horse/rider combo probably wouldn't have helped much in the way of preventing the accident. Has anybody kept up with Courtney King-Dye's blog? She had a similar accident (sans helmet) and has a long road to recovery ahead of her. Important to note that she is ITTY BITTY and rides giant warmbloods: no weight bearing issue here that caused he accident, that is what it was: an accident, could happen to anybody.
Last edited by leonalee; 08-10-2010 at 10:18 PM.