Well, I guess I received a little more motivation to try and get the weight under control this weekend. Competed in an extreme cowboy trail challenge, which we took 2nd place in which was great. But somehow, the pride was overshadowed by one comment from a lady in the crowd. I really wish people knew how much it stings when they throw something at you. I have gained about 40-50 lbs in the past 6 months due to some medical issues, and got asked at the event quote "if I thought I should be riding that horse, or if he might be better off riding me". When I asked for a little more clarification, I was told I was a little plump. Wow, thanks, didn't notice. 6'2" and around 255 lbs or so, horse is 14.2, 1200 lbs or so give or take foundation quarter horse.
Although I am from the camp that a person should not weigh more then their horse can comfortably carry, I hate rude comments like that. I do not understand how someone that doesn't know anything about a person can shout out rude comments like that. Shameful.
I think that people who are over weight should be cognizant of that fact and ride horses that fit them, ride for shorter times and be working on their weight. I too have gained a large bit of weight due to medical issues so I know just where you are coming from. Keep working at it, and keep loving your horse. You are the one that knows if your horse is struggling with you or not, they don't. If you are not sure, maybe speak to your vet or trainer?
I do know I am above the 20 percent, but most rides are short, and always check and give breaks on trail rides, the competition rounds of course are only around 10 minutes at most, I guess I can talk to a vet about it, and continue to work on weight, just though from observations, there are some bigger cowboys doing roping and bulldogging, and cutting, and sorting even on similar sized quarter horses, sure there are some monster quarter horses out there, but for the norm, the catty, quick, athletic types aren't going to be that large, so are all of these cowboys breaking the 20% rule as well? Just curious.
there are some bigger cowboys doing roping and bulldogging, and cutting, and sorting even on similar sized quarter horses, sure there are some monster quarter horses out there, but for the norm, the catty, quick, athletic types aren't going to be that large, so are all of these cowboys breaking the 20% rule as well? Just curious.
I've wondered that too :) the guys who owns my barn rides a mare that is probably about 14.2, 800lbs and he is probably around 6'3", 200. He's never said anything to me about me and my horse, and his horse doesn't struggle with him at all. I've just always been curious.
A good (= well balanced) rider on a stout horse (I consider a 14.2 hand/1200lbs horse very stout!) can weigh easily more than what is considered ideal weight. My ex was very tall, 248lbs, and rode all day working cattle. It didn't look to me as if his horses were abused. Now, of course he didn't chose a puny 800lbs pony for his chores. A lot of guest ranches / riding stables have weight limits between 240/280 lbs - but for a good reason: a beginner rider bouncing around on the horses back is, indeed, a burden to carry, and as heavier as worse.
I don't think that you need to worry, bmm45!
You wouldn't have taken 2nd if your horse was struggling, unless you were in a 2 horse competition. Blow her off and keep on ridin'!
I truly don't know what's wrong with us these days, we really seem to have lost all our 'filters'.
The internet happened, where people can make anonymous comments (I recieved a comment from Youtube this morning on one of my videos that I wasn't even RIDING in that said "Which one is the horse?) and some of it bleeds over into real life. Now, if some of these people got a cuff up side the head for their wagging tongues, maybe we could try and contain it to the internet. :P