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post #31 of 51 Old 03-25-2013, 11:44 AM
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If the British vets in this article are right, most guys will need to switch to an IRON horse! Somehow, I doubt it will be the same...


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post #32 of 51 Old 03-25-2013, 12:41 PM
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I'm confused (nothing new) but reading this it does NOT sound like it was a study where they tested to see the effects of weight on a horse. There are not testing mechanisms for muscle or joint wear, or other testing parameters to monitor how the horse is fairing under the stress of the rider's weight.

Rather they had pre-set standards (under 10% ideal, 10-15% satisfactory, over 15% detrimental) with no indication on where they got those numbers. Then they took a random group and the "study" consisted of figuring out who fell in what range for their current mounts. Nothing more than a numbers game and a total BS study.
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I'm confused (nothing new) but reading this it does NOT sound like it was a study where they tested to see the effects of weight on a horse. There are not testing mechanisms for muscle or joint wear, or other testing parameters to monitor how the horse is fairing under the stress of the rider's weight.

Rather they had pre-set standards (under 10% ideal, 10-15% satisfactory, over 15% detrimental) with no indication on where they got those numbers. Then they took a random group and the "study" consisted of figuring out who fell in what range for their current mounts. Nothing more than a numbers game and a total BS study.
Pretty much what I said, no mention of where they came up with the numbers. Even if they did it would still be total bull.
Historically its wrong, at tevis its wrong, thousands of years of horse riding shows its wrong. But oh well I guess it gives skinny little girls that spend more time gossiping in the barn and picking out what color breeches are proper than actually riding something else to feel superior about.
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Now some more food for thought, is a child or a horse better suited for weight carrying?

This article Is Your Child's Backpack Too Heavy? is suggesting that your childs school bag should not weigh more than 10 - 20%. Genuine question is an upright walker better or worse than carrying weight than a 4 legged walker?
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Oh wow! People need a life!
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Oh wow! People need a life!
No, I need a donut!
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^^^ Sent you something, lol.
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Oh no, oh no, oh no ^^^^ now we are going to have to do a study on WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION on a horses back.......or two horses backs
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"The cavalry came up with that figure for riding daily, 8+ hours at a shot, with no effect after weeks of riding. Very few recreational riders use their horse like that!" Greater chance of suspensory ligament damage in horses who are owned by weekend warriors. A few gals enquired about barrel racing saddles and their light weight. When I suggested it would be cheaper to just lose 10 lbs that their own saddles were fine, it was met with disdane. What loaded question do woman ask these days? Am I too fat for my horse. If you ask then you probably are.
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