Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
Actually, there is - the horse. It is physically much easier on a horse to walk or trot than to jump. Collection - dressage level collection - is also physically demanding for the horse. I've carried almost 100 lbs of combat gear on my back before, and there was a huge difference in what I could do vs when I go out in running shorts and sneakers. And if I need to carry a heavy pack, you can bet I want a pack with a wide shoulder harness.
If someone is overweight, then some adjustments in what one asks of the horse and what tack one uses is reasonable. IMHO. Maybe not in yours...
... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)