I too have an issue with heavier people riding and not considering the horse and its well being.
The area where the saddle/rider rests is NOT supported by the legs, it is suspended between the legs. Same as if I sat on a table in the middle. It is not going to be as strong in that area.
And seriously, when you have hospitals having to order extra heavy duty wheelchairs, AND hospital beds and gurneys, and operating tables because they have had them break/collapse and topple due to the weight of the patients, how can you not wonder about the effect on a horse?
Same with furniture companies for that matter. And toilet companies too make toilets now for people who weigh more.
Like it or not, the weight any of us carry, and I include myself in this too, makes us have a different balance, riding position, as well as causes problems with a horse. I don't care how good your balance is, or your riding is. That extra weight does take a toll.
And when recent issues of all the horse mags have had information on this, then why try and say it is an old rule.
Rather, it is because no one really wants to admit what they look like, and the damage they are causing to their horse, not to mention themselves.
And taking about saddle fitting? Why is it for so many the principles of saddle fit go out the window when they are overweight?
Many trail riding operations and packing operations too are having to look for horses with much bigger bone structure, and having to look into larger saddles because of the weights of the people wanting to ride.
And too many times I see seriously overweight riders, and not talking about just a little too much poundage, but horribly overweight, riding an obviously miserable horse, determined to "post" when what they are really doing is hauling themselves up out of the saddle off the horse's mouth. Then you need to realistically reassess your riding.
Horses make me a better person.
Last edited by TaMMa89; 12-16-2012 at 04:11 PM.