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Reblogging because there’s LOADS of fat rider out there who are kicking ass and taking names.
And also for the picture of the arena.
^^ Please, you guys, don’t ever let anyone tell you you’re too big/small/tall/short/whatever to ride. Don’t let other people’s body shaming ways hold you back from doing what you love, and ESPECIALLY ignore people who try to disguise their body shaming comments as “concern for you/your horse, because they CARE.” They don’t care. They’re jerks. Keep enjoying the horses and stay awesome.
This was a huuuuuuuuuuuuge part of my developing an eating disorder. I outgrew my childhood stable when I was 15 and found a stable I really liked but when I went to visit there was a sign that said “all riders must be under 150lbs” and I was 160lbs (5’6” mostly muscle) and thought, “oh, I’m too fat to do the thing I love, I must be a horrible person.” I didn’t even talk to anyone because I was so afraid of having someone tell me I was too fat to my face. So FUCK that stable. A 1,000lb horse can carry a 200lb rider, ESPECIALLY if the rider is experienced and knows how to balance themselves. *rage*
God, weight limits like that are so idiotic. Studies have shown that horses can carry 1/5 of their weight without showing any problems, and that study didn’t factor in the skill/balance of the rider, how the horse was carrying itself (hollow vs engaged) etc. so I wouldn’t be surprised if more extensive studies showed that they can carry even more than 20% comfortably under the right conditions. Each individual horse has a limit to what they can comfortably carry - but it’s different for every horse. The height, weight, fitness, and carriage of the horse all play a role. So to have one flat weight limit for an entire stable is some of the most ludicrous, body shaming BS I have ever heard of, unless every horse in the stable is exactly the same size, build, and fitness. I would reject any stable with such a rule on principle - who wants to ride with a bunch of idiots like that anyway?