Originally Posted by COWCHICK77
I have found that to be the case not only in reining but for the majority or western riding.
My best friend in high school was a heavy set gal and she was very tough to beat in high school rodeo, showed cow horse and cowboyed like the boys. Same with a gal that was on our ranch rodeo team.
I have never thought about it before, as to why size would matter. So I guess I could ask the same question, in what discipline does it really make a difference?
Well depends on the discipline, I can quite see that anything that includes jumping should not be the first choice of the bigger rider.
Would the extra weight slow down a barrel racer, most of the top racers look to be in the normal weight range?
Calf wrestlers and tie down ropers, well thems big boys, but the event isn't about riding but more about getting off as quick as possible
IDK, you look at the top flight of any equestrian sport and you don't see big people, until you come to the reiners. If it because the sport is closer to it's heritage then I presume that there would be big people roping, cutting and sorting as well.
Reining is, allegedly, a hard sport on a horse, so it's strange that the big guys seem to do OK.