Originally Posted by gingerscout
I feel like its sugarcoated responses for fat people shouldnt ride..lol sorry if that's not how im supposed to take it.. but that's how it sounds to me
You sound like you are feeling sensitive. I don't think it has anything to do with "fat people shouldn't ride". I think it has more to do with the fact that these riding facilities are using these horses 4 to 6 hours out of the day. Many facilities have way more students then horses so they they are over booking the animals.
Lesson horses tend to end up with many issues such as arthritis, sore backs and mouths, etc. from the pounding and "abuse" they take from all of the different levels of riders that are on their backs.
Trail barns usually tack the horses up in the AM and send them out on 2 or 3 trails a day.
They are "prejudice" against heavier riders (not fat). They don't general have a rule that says "If your belly hangs over your belt line you aint riding". It's more like weight limit: 250lbs. That would exclude not only out of shape riders but some pretty sexy hot men from a ride just because they are massive. Not fat.
I ride and show horses and there are many riders on the show circuit that are winning pretty high level classes who are fairly hefty. Us women tend to start packing on the pounds once we hit a certain age and so weight is an issue for us. These people happen to own their own horses, which means these horses are only getting ridden 3-5 days a week at 1-2 hours per ride. That's much different then what a lesson horse sees in a day.
So it's fair to say it is a liability excuse and not an anti-fat people campaign.
But I do understand your sensitivity.