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#21 Hunterian

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 06:34 PM

Half an hour more than me.....


... and no carrots

#22 Lord Bastion

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 06:44 PM

... and no carrots


No even a kind look H!

#23 Hairy Scot

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 10:17 PM

 

Couple of suggestions Bastion.

 

Here is some information from Dr. Deb Bennett, PhD., an expert in the biomechanics of horses:  
 

We have discussed the topic of "how much weight a horse can bear on its back" a number of times here. The basic rules and concepts are:

1. Total weight of rider plus tack must not exceed 250 lbs. There is no horse alive, of any breed, any build, anywhere, that can go more than a few minutes with more weight on its back than this. Not even the U.S. Army ever packed a mule heavier than this. So if you mean by "plus sized riders" that they weigh more than 250 lbs., including the weight of their saddle, then in good conscience what you must tell them is to look for another hobby activity, or confine their horse activities to either driving or groundwork.

 

 

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Based on these results, the study's authors recommend that horses not be loaded with greater than 20% of their body weight. A 545-kilogram (1200 pound) horse, then would be best off carrying no more than 109 kg (240 lbs) of tack and rider.

 

 

How many of us would be comfortable carrying 20% of our weight for long periods?


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#24 Lord Bastion

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 10:51 PM

How many of us would be comfortable carrying 20% of our weight for long periods?


It adds a new dimension to banning fox hunting.....




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