Obesity crisis or not, I don't really see how most healthy adult riders can weigh less than 10% the weight of their horse.
If the average horse weighs a bit over 1000lbs that would mean that the ideal rider for that horse shouldn't weigh over 100lbs (which allows for x number of pounds for the saddle, etc.)
I'm 5'10 and I don't consider myself to be overweight, but using their system I basically couldn't ride anything but a draft/ draft cross or perhaps a really beefy warmblood. That just doesn't seem correct.
Last edited by c'est moi; Mar. 24, 2013 at 05:47 PM.
This was relevant but experienced horse people know it. “There is a discussion which needs to take place in the horse riding community. There needs to be an awareness that some larger riders need to ride bigger horses.”
The linked article did not mention if they took into account terrain and footing. Using their parameters- I would have no problem putting someone at 20% of a horses weight to go on a level ride in light footing but that would be a no go if it was a vigorous trail ride up and down steep hills with many deep creek crossings. I drove miniature horses in CDE's for a couple years. Terrain and footing were CRITICAL to their individual well being.
Obesity crisis or not, I don't really see how a most healthy adult riders can weigh less than 10% the weight of their horse.
If the average horse weighs a bit over 1000lbs that would mean that the ideal rider for that horse shouldn't weigh over 100lbs, which allows for x number of pounds for the saddle, etc.
I'm 5'10 and while I don't consider myself to be overweight, using their system I basically couldn't ride anything but a draft/ draft cross or perhaps a really beefy warmblood. That just doesn't seem correct.
I am wondering the same thing. 10% seems like an awfully small number for some of the smaller, lighter breeds to be ridden by adults.
Me too. . . .so if you have a 900lb arab, only small children could ride it? My daughter is 9 years old and 5'1" and weighs 100lbs, and I'd have to tell her she was too big/fat to ride a 900 lb pony or small horse? ? I myself am 6'1" . . . and that would mean I could ride only a draft or large draft cross. I thought the rule of thumb was 20%. Not 10%
This page http://www.gaitedhorses.net/Articles/HRiderGuide.shtml has a formula to use that basically relies on the horse's bone, but it appears to go well over 10%. The study referenced in the article basically just says that lots of riders are greater than 10% without any data to back up the 10% - just says it's a number figured out by the vets.
< This is the “optimum” ratio on a set of guidelines worked out by vets. >
Is this set of guidelines available anywhere?
Better go tell every non-anorexic western and endurance rider that they're abusing their stock. You'd have to be under 90# to use a working saddle and be under 15% on an average size QH. Even with an ultralight endurance saddle, you can't be more than 100#.
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Hmmm...I do occasionally see horse/rider combinations that concern me, but 10% is pretty extreme. That would leave most horses waiting around for 100 lb riders!
I've always heard 20% (rider plus tack) as a rough guideline...then take horse build and rider skill and balance/body control to adjust from there.
At 5'9", medium boned and quite thin, I'm always around 135-140lbs..I really can't weigh much less without looking like skeleton. According to that article, by the time I add a saddle, I should be looking drafts .
10% is a suspiciously round number and just does not bear scrutiny.
The largest of my horses is a 17hh draft cross that weighs maybe 1500 lb when in full work and a bit fat. It's uncommon that I see a horse significantly bigger than him except for heavy drafts.
So essentially nobody over 150 lb should ride? Average size horses are for children. Fit women can ride very large horses, and all men are out of luck.
Keep in mind that once upon a time most riders were men. Do you think there were many 100 lb men to ride 1000 lb cavalry horses? Maybe they needed to find 50 lb soldiers to allow for 50 lb of equipment?