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    03-24-2013, 02:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
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.

It seems to suggest that over 15% can lead to health issues according to the vet quoted, rather than just listing how many riders were at that size. 49% seem to be overweight according to them (more than 15%) and the only suggestion is that bigger riders need bigger horses - which is true but no mention of conformation.
     
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    03-24-2013, 02:31 PM
  #12
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And I wonder how much this "study" cost them/others???

Geesh! Gimme a break!
     
    03-24-2013, 02:39 PM
  #13
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Wanted to buy.....

Clydesdale
Percheron
Belgian
Shire
Suffulk

Don't care anything about them as long as they weigh 2000 lbs.
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    03-24-2013, 02:41 PM
  #14
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Haven't got time to read this just now, off to inflict considerably more than 10% on a horse.

I like that there is a big sample size here, but obviously will want to actually read and digest the findings before making any constructive comments.
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    03-24-2013, 02:41 PM
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Originally Posted by nvr2many    
And I wonder how much this "study" cost them/others???

Geesh! Gimme a break!

Given how limited it is I doubt it cost very much.
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    03-24-2013, 11:41 PM
  #16
Trained
OK, now I have read it, and my take?

I need to look at the source article, not a newspaper report of the findings, because we all know you can't trust the media.

10% sounds a very very light ratio, and would remove swarths of riders from the population.

For arguments sake, lets take the 10% as new cutting edge research and the new reality is that no horse will carry more than 10%, what would be the law of unintended consequences here?

Lots and lots of riders would now be unable to ride their horses, a % of them may successfully lose weight and maintain that loss, so they will be good to go. But there are a whole bunch of us who will never be able to sustain a weight that is 10% of our current mounts so what happens to them? I presume that the purchase price of draft crosses would shoot up, but lighter horses what would be the welfare considerations there?

I am assuming that horses all suffer some sort of wear and tear damage from most anything that we do to them, be it chasing cans, cutting cows, jumping fences, being a dressage star, each discipline must have some degree of damage, it is probably a question how much we are comfortable with.
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    03-25-2013, 12:03 AM
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Sorry, but it's likely that almost all riding has detrimental affects on the horse, over time. Without a doubt, the horse who is ridden for a lifetime will have more joint damage than one who's never carried a rider for the same number of years. Think of all the military mounts that carried WELL over 10% of their weight.

Honestly . . . . . Get a life!
     
    03-25-2013, 01:21 AM
  #18
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I don't think 152 horses is an adequate sample size given the studies you would need to do. Perhaps if that was the sample size for every percent bracket studied, but of those 152 horse / rider pairs how many were in satisfactory, and how many were above the limit? With horses and riders there are too many different conditions (floppy riders, potato sack riders vs. riders who move with the horse, different saddle weights, time spent in the saddle, the type of work done, horses physiology, etc.)
     
    03-25-2013, 01:39 AM
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10% would eliminate most adult riders except with draft or draft cross horses. Who would be able to train horses then? Jockeys or kids?

I didn't read the article, so I don't know much about the study. Such as, how long the study was done, ages, conformation, or body structure of the horses. With only 152 horses studied, were there different diversities of horses such as breeds and ages involved?

Sounds like a study started by a PETA or similarly affiliated person. They probably are trying to eliminate all horseback riding.
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    03-25-2013, 01:42 AM
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Sounds like a study started by a PETA or similarly affiliated person. They probably are trying to eliminate all horseback riding.
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I hope I never live to see that day!!!
     

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