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        10-21-2012, 02:59 PM
      #91
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    Ok, first of all, I am in the middle of this discussion in that I am 210lbs (as of this morning), so not the heaviest , nor in the category of "normal".

    I do not think it is rude to have this discussion in the plus sized forum. In fact, I actually think it rather apropros, and those that brought it up really need to have quite the backbone to raise an issue that is likely to ruffle some feathers . It's just not PC to these days to say that a person might be too heavey for riding.

    However, there IS a limit. We all know that. And, there are some of us who may actually be wearing our horses down faster than they would if we were not as heavy as we are. But, we ride to "use" our horses; for our enjoyment. They have a natural lifespan which is both shortened by our "using them up" and lengthened by our feeding and caring for them properly. IN any case, we use them. It may very well be that the very heavy rider will use up the horse faster than the not so very heavy. It may be that the "normal" person , who rides super hard and over jumps the horse will use it up faster, too.
    But there are limits as to what is a reasonable way to "use" a horse, and there is no reason why weight is one that cannot be discussed because it will cause hurt feelings. It is simply another parameter in horse care/health.
         
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        10-21-2012, 06:45 PM
      #92
    Weanling
    The only rudeness I have seen is the ones who are saying "I am shocked!!!!1!!" and that is really their only posts on the entire horse forum. They are not honestly curious, they already had their responses formed before anyone said anything.
         
        10-22-2012, 10:15 AM
      #93
    Foal
    Speaking for myself when I say I ride "light" or someone is riding "light" I am referring to how myself or others are balanced on their horse it has nothing to do with how much the rider weighs. I know where my center of gravity is and I use my butt and leg muscles to make sure I stay balanced and in the center of my horses.

    Far to many times have I seen riders of all shapes and sizes shifting from side to side putting strain on their horses back. I feel at what ever weight you are once you are in the saddle and before you ask your horse to walk off you should be properly adjusted in the sadde. Correct seat size and stirrups at the correct length make a world of difference when riding. People need to learn to ride with their horses and not against them.
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        10-23-2012, 08:35 AM
      #94
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    Ok, first of all, I am in the middle of this discussion in that I am 210lbs (as of this morning), so not the heaviest , nor in the category of "normal".

    I do not think it is rude to have this discussion in the plus sized forum. In fact, I actually think it rather apropros, and those that brought it up really need to have quite the backbone to raise an issue that is likely to ruffle some feathers . It's just not PC to these days to say that a person might be too heavey for riding.

    However, there IS a limit. We all know that. And, there are some of us who may actually be wearing our horses down faster than they would if we were not as heavy as we are. But, we ride to "use" our horses; for our enjoyment. They have a natural lifespan which is both shortened by our "using them up" and lengthened by our feeding and caring for them properly. IN any case, we use them. It may very well be that the very heavy rider will use up the horse faster than the not so very heavy. It may be that the "normal" person , who rides super hard and over jumps the horse will use it up faster, too.
    But there are limits as to what is a reasonable way to "use" a horse, and there is no reason why weight is one that cannot be discussed because it will cause hurt feelings. It is simply another parameter in horse care/health.
    very well stated Tiny!
    I remember a horse where my kids first learned to ride that had to be put down because it had been jumped to a high level of success in international comp and then retired to a Uni & on "loan" to a schooling barn...well his legs had been completely destroyed from extreme use by age 13!
         

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