05-22-2013, 01:27 PM
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LOL, I wonder if this report will cause more or less fur and feathers to fly on message boards around the world, than the 10 - 15% one did.
Certainly interesting reading, but again, same as the much quoted study on the 20% rule, such a small sample size as to be of no significant relevance.
I don't know if there will ever be a scientific determination of this, there are just to many variables of rider and horse to make it an easy study. I agree that the Trevis Cup study is probably the best one, a wide range of horses and riders crossing harsh terrain with several vet checks, but althought that is a bigger sample size, to be fair I don't think it actually states what % of the horses were carrying over 20%.