Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
That's all well and good, I believe that the study was sound, but they just used such a small pool of horses.
Their study wasn't comprehensive enough to take into consideration the conformational differences of horses, the ability of the rider, even where the majority of rider's weight was (everone knows that someone who's weight is in their upper body will have a different balance than someone who's weight is in their lower body).
That study makes a good start, but it's just too small to conclusively say "Yep, horses can carry 30% of their body weight fine". There are simply too many other mitigating factors to consider.
I've always believed that many horses are capable of carrying more than the general 20% guideline...given the rider was balanced and fluid, the tack fit properly, and the horse was working properly.
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Last edited by smrobs; 05-25-2013 at 11:46 AM.