Playtime!

After slaving away with Sargon for one hour (for the first time this year, mind you!) and then taking pictures (see here and here) it was time for some well deserved fun. Since my pony is a huge spoilsport I had to borrow my friend’s (sometimes problematic, but really quite clingy and affectionate) lipizzan gelding. He loves to get treats play catch and it’s a lot of fun! He get’s really into it (and so do I). : )

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The ridiculousness of some academic studies…

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I just read a study which says that ideally, riders should only weigh around 10% of the weight of their horses. That would mean that I’m (with around 53kg) too heavy for my arabian gelding. Which frankly, I find kind of ridiculous. Sure, he’s small and definitely not built for heavy people but that 10% quota? Only children or anorexic people can fulfill this.

I think it’s unreasonable to measure the relationship between rider and horse only by weight. A light rider can hurt a horse far worse than a heavier person only by wrong seat and impact. Also, it depends largely on the musculature of the horse and how it’s being trained, rather than by whom.