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Plague of the overweight riders who are too heavy for their horses
Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | March 24, 2013 | Emine Sinmaz

Posted on 03/25/2013 1:37:01 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

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Plague of the overweight riders who are too heavy for their horses

• Only one in 20 riders are within the optimum weight for their horse

• A heavy load can mean back pain, lameness and bad behaviour in horses

• Vet guidelines advise that riders weigh less than 10 per cent of their mount

• Weighing more than 15 per cent of horse's weight poses health risks

• Research is published in the Journal of Veterinary Behaviour

Horses are the latest victims of the obesity crisis as they take the burden of their overweight riders, experts have warned.

A study found a third of recreational riders were too obese for their mounts, leaving the animals at risk of health problems such as back pain and lameness.

They can also develop behavioural problems, such as bucking, rearing and problems following commands.

Hayley Randle, one of the scientists behind the research, said: ‘People tend to think horses are such big animals they must be okay, and not to take notice of the weight issue of riders. But the health impact on the horse can be quite extreme, quite quickly.’

Published in the Journal of Veterinary Behaviour, the study assessed 152 horses and their adult riders from stables across Devon and Cornwall.

Guidelines set by vets state that riders should weigh less than 10 per cent of the weight of their horse. But researchers from Duchy College in Cornwall found that just 5 per cent of the riders passed the test.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine; Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Science
KEYWORDS: beastofburden; equestrian; fat; heavyload; horse; horsebackriding; horses; obesity; overload; overweight; ponies; pony
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fat horse rider photo: REALLY fat horse and Rider! fatpersonandhorse.jpg Hmmmmmm ... other than going on a diet, another solution to this problem; get a FATTER horse! (heh)
1 posted on 03/25/2013 1:37:01 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER
There's always this option:


2 posted on 03/25/2013 1:38:46 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: DogByte6RER

I’m 5’ 10” and sit at a beefy 258. I wouldn’t even think of riding a horse smaller than a Clydesdale. A Percheron would probably be better.


3 posted on 03/25/2013 1:42:21 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: DogByte6RER

I charge plagiarism. Other than a few of the comparative percentages, I think I saw this same report about British sex. :-)


4 posted on 03/25/2013 1:42:48 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: DogByte6RER

5 posted on 03/25/2013 1:43:46 PM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Heavy horses
6 posted on 03/25/2013 1:44:02 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Paul Ryan 2016)
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To: DogByte6RER
the study assessed 152 horses and their adult riders from stables across Devon and Cornwall.

Oooh, what a big, random sample! Let's generalize this over the entire population of horse owners/riders, worldwide!!!

7 posted on 03/25/2013 1:44:20 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Stand in the corner and scream with me!)
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To: Dead Corpse

What did John Wayne ride in all those western movies? He was a big man.


8 posted on 03/25/2013 1:45:01 PM PDT by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: Daffynition

Wasn’t that the horses Moochelle was riding


9 posted on 03/25/2013 1:45:36 PM PDT by Smittie (Just like an alien, I'm a stranger in a strange land)
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To: DogByte6RER

Plague of over weight government!


10 posted on 03/25/2013 1:48:47 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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arcade horse photo: Horse Riding @ Arcade horseridingarcade.gif These kids are already way out of the proper weight standard ratios to their horses ... I expect their horses will have short lives.
11 posted on 03/25/2013 1:51:50 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: Oberon

He was certainly tall... 6’2” or 6’4” depending on your google-fu. Ex-football player... Dunno... They never really mention his weight. During most of his cowboy roles, he was still fairly lean. Probably around the 210-220 range would be my guess.

I’m a bunch shorter but a full sack of potatoes heavier.


12 posted on 03/25/2013 1:51:56 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: DogByte6RER
This is not anything new.

Not a good copy - but the original caption was: "The Body Beautiful: What Three Months' Riding Can Do"

from Thelwell Country

A 10 percent rule I think is silly. Cobs and ponies can carry more weight, as my instructor says "they're like ants". I have very short legs and can ride a pretty short pony, they don't seem to mind my weight. Normally I ride big TBs and warmbloods.

Also, there are too many variables - saddle, pads, and riding ability. A well balanced but heavier rider is much easier for a horse to carry than a lighter weight rider who is flopping all over the place. If a horse is sound and not in distress, I don't see the problem.

I rode my 16.1 hh TB mare for 13 years before retiring her at age 27.

13 posted on 03/25/2013 1:53:10 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGS Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: Oberon; Dead Corpse

John Wayne was a big man, and they chose larger horses for him to ride, so that he didn’t look like a giant onscreen.

However, even is his later years when he wasn’t as fit, he didn’t weigh as much as a lot of women in my local Walmart. He put on heft in the belly, but the rest of his frame was wasting from the cancers.


14 posted on 03/25/2013 1:53:20 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Stand in the corner and scream with me!)
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To: Dead Corpse

We have a Percheron/Morgan cross. She took many a huntsman who had not missed many meals over fences in the hunt field. She’s retired now, but still sound as a dollar.


15 posted on 03/25/2013 1:54:09 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: DogByte6RER

The American quarter horse and the Tennessee walking horse, among others, average about 1,000 to 1,200 pounds. That means no one who weighs more than 100 to 120 pounds should ride them. Can that be right?


16 posted on 03/25/2013 1:54:28 PM PDT by GrootheWanderer
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To: GrootheWanderer

How about a Clydesdale?


17 posted on 03/25/2013 1:55:39 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Tax-chick

If the sample were truly random, that sample size is good enough to give a margin of error of only +/- 8% at a 95% confidence level. That is, the sample matches the population of the area the samples were drawn from, within +/- 8% 19 times out of 20. You’re quite right in saying that the results cannot be generalized beyond that area — and certainly not worldwide.

Of course, there could be a great many other problems with the methodology. However, the results are credible, because we know that the general population is getting bigger faster than the average horse.


18 posted on 03/25/2013 1:57:27 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: DogByte6RER

Wow, I guess cowboys were smaller than I thought, or these experts are idiots.


19 posted on 03/25/2013 1:58:07 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: DogByte6RER

“Wilbur! Get off my back!” Mr. Ed


20 posted on 03/25/2013 1:58:46 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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