Originally Posted by SouthernTrailsGA View Post
When you get back from your time off, if you would like to start a Thread in Horse Health to discuss ideas about what a Horse can carry and would like to Post studies and like to converse in a Constructive manner, that would be fine.
This is not the Thread to voice those opinions.
If I may, may I ask the question "Why not?" The way this thread has turned, why is this not an appropriate thread to post studies on a horse's weight carrying ability? This thread has already turned to a discussion of opinions on the subject, so why not have some posts about facts and studies?
So, as is obvious, I have just joined this forum today. However, I've spent the last four days reading this thread from beginning to end, and then keeping up with the conversation. Yes, I found this thread from the HHO thread about the Fuller Fillies 22" saddle that turned into a discussion about weight. I am not a member of the HHO forum either, nor have I participated yet in any discussions on that site.
I, too, am a heavy weight rider. Last year, at my highest, I weighed in at a hefty 335-340 pounds. But, I was miserable. Riding, or what little I did of it, was difficult. Exercising was difficult. Working was difficult. Everything was difficult. As many of you know, losing the weight was also incredibly difficult. It's easy for another person to say "just eat less and move more", but I found that simple concept to be a lot more difficult to put into practice, as many of you probably also know. However, last year was also a life altering year for me. I had weight-lose surgery. I am now the proud owner of a lap-band, and it has helped me to lose over 125 pounds so far. I am now hovering between 205 and 210. And, I am within 20 pounds of the weight that I set for myself as my ultimate goal weight.
Having described a little of my history, I will now get to my point. Just as "we" (being the heavy weight rider community) do not like being put down and degraded by derogatory comments about our weight, we should therefore also show respect towards those who are "skinny". Just as the word fat is a derogatory term to some people, so is the word skinny to some. Respect works both ways.
Being a heavy weight rider myself, I did find some of the comments on the other forum incredibly disgusting and downright mean. They were getting so out of hand, in fact, that all I could do was laugh, really. Some of the commenters presumed to know everything about everyone, to the point that what they were saying was actually quite ridiculous. However, I did find some posts about saddles and weight carrying ability to be quite informative.
I think all of us (both "sides") only want what's best for our horses. Most, if not all, heavy weight riders do take into consideration how their weight affects their horses, and build their riding plans around those considerations. This I do not doubt. It becomes an opportunity for education, both for ourselves and for those around us.
I hope this post does not get me banned or put in a "time out" like what happened to elanorg, but I just wanted to express my opinion on the subject.