First off, I gave four separate sources, not a study on trotting.
And where did I say a study on trotting? I said all day trotting and cantering
Link 1 quotes Ohio State University 2008, a study of 8 horses.
Link 2 quotes Oh guess who Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute
Link 3 States "A common formula, and no scientific research
Link 4 as an intro to its conclusion "How Much is Too Much?
So how much weight can a horse safely carry? "While there seems to be some consensus, it isn't as clear as one might think," says Wickler. There is no definitive answer largely because there is no way to define the limits of safety"[/QUOTE]
Second, I don't need your permission to "pop up" and join in a forum.
I was merely pointing out that this is a contentious subject and has been discussed many times, always suspicious of those who launch themselves on a controversial thread, you never know who they are or what agenda they bring.
These are not opinions, they are facts, research backed and firsthand experience. Can you back any of your opinions?
Great one research study of 8 horses and another of 7 horses, unless I misread.
I have been trying to find the source of the following, Heavier Riders' Guide
which I have wanted to quote but was reluctant to, however a study of 374 competitive trail riding horses compared horse/rider weight relationships. They concluded that these horses can easily carry over 30% of their body weight for 100 miles and not only compete, but compete well, does sound better than studies of 7 horses.
If you want a forum where everyone agrees with you, start your own and limit access to people who agree with you.
I don't want everyone to agree with me, but neither does everyone have to agree with you, it is an open forum where we both can put our own views.