The comments and insults on the other board are flat out disgusting. A little humanity goes a long way, folks. The quality of your posts reflect your character......or lack of.
People are fine to have opinions about how much a horse should carry, etc. But there is absolutely NO NEED for such insulting, vulgar, tasteless comments like those on the H&H thread.
If they have gone ahead and formed an "All Americans are fatties" opinion, perhaps we should form an "All Europeans are snobbish twits" opinion. (No offense meant to the kind Europeans out there).
To ride or not to ride at certain weights with certain horses is a personal decision and, in the end, if a person makes a decision we disagree with there's absolutely nothing that can be done. I know for me, personally, I do not feel comfortable riding my 22 year old QH with back issues or my tiny 14H 29 year old Arab. I won't be riding my Shetland Ponies, not even for a few minutes for training purposes.
I will be riding my 16HH Paint. I'm no skinny minnie but also am not "plus sized." I would likely be considered heavy by many, particularly snobbish people who judge solely on appearances.
I will be completely honest in saying that there were a few pics in this thread that I thought perhaps the horse and rider were mismatched. As a majority, though, I felt most of the horses absolutely were comfortable carrying their riders. The only picture that made me "gasp" was the pic of a horse being ridden in something that looked like a rubber covered bike chain hackamore in their mouth... it seemed the rider was very uneducated as they also had the bridle on backwards. That has nothing to do with weight, though.