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post #1 of 12 Old 11-28-2019, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Question Horse Camps and People Problems

I've recently been starting to create a general idea for a horse camp because of my kids, the amount of horses we have, and the number of people they know who want to learn riding. As I was going through with the activity set ups and waivers, I realized a problem. We all know that there are some people that are too large to ride horses. It has nothing to do with why they are large but instead with the fact that it could cause the horse some serious back problems. I'm trying to set up a kind of letter I could send to parents who's children are too large to ride my horses. Any ideas that might let them down lightly?
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post #2 of 12 Old 11-28-2019, 09:07 PM
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In all your information, no matter who to, note that there is a weight limit for participation, and what that is. That's all you have to do, really. If someone asks if their child can participate, say, "I know little Charlie is pretty heavy, and there is a weight limit to participation; if he is under it, he is welcome to sign up."

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Whatever, I don't advise the Tim Minchin approach!
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post #4 of 12 Old 11-29-2019, 07:13 AM
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Like another said, it doesn't matter why someone is too large for your horses. If someone was 6'3" and slender, they still would hurt a small pony so it would be a no for that pony. You could just make an information paper with rules and requirements and also put your weight limit on that paper. Put the weight limit up to what your strongest horse can carry.

There are so many variables when considering how much weight to ask a particular horse to carry that some people wouldn't understand. Just try to keep it general so no one gets offended or their feelings hurt. Seems that in this day and age, not offending is a hard task. Honestly, I would rather temporarily offend someone than constantly have vet bills though.

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When I rescued my 13.3H Arab years ago, not only was his body score a low three, he had an injured vertebra.

I had to board at that time and it was at a private farm that took in race horses on R&R. When the track PT came to work on the race horses, he looked at my Arab.

He explained what was wrong, it was permanent, light riding only, and absolutely no more than 100# on his back, which let me out in my skinniest days:)

Thatís how he became a wonderful lesson horse for small children.

Meaning ó- make the simple statement in writing that the horses have weight limits. Put that limit in writing for EACH horse, period.

Iím sorry for any mom who tries to skirt around that and tries to tell you what to do with your horse(s). This is an instance where the customer is NOT right. Your pre-stated rules of weight limits are the rules.

While youíre at it, have a big sign printed up to nail to the barn door or someplace conspicuous.

And get yourself a million dollar liability umbrella policy, they arenít that expensive:)

I tip my hat to you for being willing to have that much patience - especially when dealing with the parents who are pushy.
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I agree with Walkinís post
Rather than have a set blanket weight limit, give each horse a set limit.

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post #7 of 12 Old 11-29-2019, 03:41 PM
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In all your information, no matter who to, note that there is a weight limit for participation, and what that is. That's all you have to do, really. If someone asks if their child can participate, say, "I know little Charlie is pretty heavy, and there is a weight limit to participation; if he is under it, he is welcome to sign up."



the bolded portion can just be left off.



You don't need to say ANYTHING about the child. Just say, "there is a weight limit that is put into place for the benefit of the horses. If Charlie is under that limit, he can participate. We are very firm about this. it's for the protection of our horse's health."
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I agree with others that say don't target the too heavy. Instead add that to your fliers with a statement that if those interested have questions or concerns they need to call you for more info or better yet have a website set up that lists the horses and their limits BUT know this - once you set limits you better be willing to enforce and make fair which may well mean having a weigh in (private). If you don't and someone has a child over that knows that another parent perhaps fudged on the weights to get their child in knowing their kid weighed too much but you took it at face value you may have issues.


I'll also say eyeballing weight doesn't always work and ability plays a part in how the horse fares. You may want to plan on having a horse capable of larger weights on hand to handle larger/unbalanced/little ability riders (potato sacks).



Just curious what size/types of horses do you have? Are they fit and conditioned? Big difference in the ability of a horse that spends most of their time out grazing with very little work and say a lesson horse that gets worked 5 to 6 days a week - many times twice a day.
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post #9 of 12 Old 11-29-2019, 08:30 PM
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Whatever, I don't advise the Tim Minchin approach!
I haven't heard this but I know Tim Minchin so I can imagine lol

Edit: OMG I just watched it
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post #10 of 12 Old 11-30-2019, 04:49 AM
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How about something like this:

ďDue to the build of our horses, the maximum weight we can accommodate is x kg. Please be realistic in judging your weight so that we can prevent injuries both to our horses and yourself. Due to safety concerns for our students we will weigh any potential student who appears close to our upper limit. ď

A beginner or a non-horsey parent will not be aware that they can get injured if they are too heavy for the horse (by getting bucked off a horse in pain) so it might be a good idea to tell them. Also, the threat of a weight check would keep most potential offenders away.
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