Horses and weight carrying ability
Please NOT a thread about bigger riders, but about factors to consider for when considering weight carrying abilities.
Questions I have been wondering about.
The 20% rule, has been around since the days of the cavalry, and appears to be backed up by more modern research, but does that apply to being the maximum comfortable weight to ride all day and compete, or for any sort of riding?
It is often said that Arabs, native ponies, Icelandics, Haflingers etc. are better weight carriers does this mean that the 20% can be stretched for them?
Does a western saddle mean that a horse can carry more weight than he can in an English saddle because of the weight distribution?
What is the most important factor to consider, short back or good bone?