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post #1 of 51 Old 03-24-2013, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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How much weight should a horse carry? New study

An article in The Telegraph (w w w the telegraph dot co dot uk) entitled "Easy, rider. Why horses are feeling the strain of Britain’s obesity crisis"
Refers to a study of 152 horses and their riders in the uk and suggests that 10% of the ideal horse weight is the optimum weight for a horse to carry, and that detrimental effects start to occur once 15% is reached. As the 20% weight rule is often bandied about and even challenged on here, I just thought you may be interested in discussing this article.
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post #2 of 51 Old 03-24-2013, 10:41 AM
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Well I'm not 100 lbs soooo......
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post #3 of 51 Old 03-24-2013, 10:42 AM
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Holy heck, I'd never get on a horse, lol!

Seriously, my ideal BMI places me between 10 & 15%. Not so unattainable, except that my current mount is MUCH more stoutly built than a normal horse of his profile... I do believe there are several riding mounts around the 1000lbs mark. I don't know many grown women that are a healthy 100lbs. Yikes!
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I'd be curious what they are saying are "detrimental" effects are. Last study I saw was calling the "detrimental" effects of riding were discussing typical effects on the muscle one would see in a good workout as "detrimental". Without the article and details of the study it is impossible to say how serious to take this.

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I have to admit that it seems a little unrealistic to expect riders only to weigh 10% of their ideal horse weight. It would rule out many competition riders. But for once, the study draws on the opinions of vets and the number of horses in the study is a good sample size.
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post #6 of 51 Old 03-24-2013, 11:48 AM
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Here is the article Easy, rider. Why horses are feeling the strain of Britain’s obesity crisis - Telegraph

So it sounds like many of us need to go buy a 2,000 lb Horse?

The researchers from the Duchy College in Cornwall need to get a life, one that is realistic

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post #7 of 51 Old 03-24-2013, 12:06 PM
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Well...I'm 5'8" and 125lbs riding horses that are 15-17hh a and in between 1100-1300 soooo I'm not worried.

But I don't see how only 10% is ideal...that means on my GIANT 16.3 1300lb gelding I can only gain 5 more and still be considered "ideal" I don't understand.

Which would also mean that my 1100 lb mare I am almost at the 12%....hmmmmm

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I'm 5'0" and weigh 115, and my 14.1 hh Arab weighs around 800 lbs...according to this article, I am way too large for him and only an 80 lb person should be riding him. I haven't weighed 80 lbs since I was in 4th grade. I'm definitely not the skinniest person in the world, but I wouldn't consider a size 5 overweight.
It's a bit hard for me to take that article seriously.
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I'm 5'0" and weigh 115, and my 14.1 hh Arab weighs around 800 lbs...according to this article, I am way too large for him and only an 80 lb person should be riding him. I haven't weighed 80 lbs since I was in 4th grade. I'm definitely not the skinniest person in the world, but I wouldn't consider a size 5 overweight.
It's a bit hard for me to take that article seriously.
But at your weight you are 14% which was considered "satisfactory" not way too large.
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What a giant steaming pile of malarkey, the STUDY, just studied how many riders were at 10 percent. NO mention of where or why they came up with the 10 percent number. I think some of them might want to go actually ride a horse.
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