Obese - Well above ones normal weight. A person has traditionally been considered to be obese if they are more than 20 percent over their ideal weight. That ideal weight must take into account the person's height, age, sex, and build.
That being said would you send your horse to a trainer that is obviously obese? Keep in mind that the average horse should only carry 24% or less of it's own body weight. The great majority of young horses under the age of 4 only weigh about 900 lbs or less. They gain much of their muscle mass and bulk weight after the age of 4 years old. That means that the person doing the first rides should weigh less than 200 lbs with the equipment making up the other 25 lbs to be less than the maximum total weight of 225 lbs.
About 15 years ago I was looking for a trainer for a young mare that I had rescued. She had some serious problems and was not broke. Several trainers were recommended to me so one Saturday I made arraignments to interview them all at their barns. I told them I wanted to see them working with a horse. The first 2 were women and the last 2 were men. Out of the 3 people I saw one of the men was huge. He must have weighed close to 350 lbs and was riding a 3 year old 14 hand horse. I told him that I would get back to him - I never did. I still cringe when I see him riding in my mind.
Today I ran across a rather large trainer while looking at horse websites. He is, in my own opinion is too heavy to be riding the horse that he is pictured on. I have no idea if he is a good, bad or so-so horse trainer but I would not want him on my horses' back.
Here is his photo:
Bent Rail Farm in Indiana
He actually looks lighter than the obese trainer that I met years ago, but still too large in my opinion.
How to locate the horse trainer from hell
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If you are looking for a horse trainer and don't know who to avoid then just look them up here. Look under your location (if no location then just suggest one under any of the posts as a comment and I will add it ASAP) for horse trainers from hell and look at the comments. See if the horse trainer you are thinking about taking lessons from or sending your horse to has a tale from hell. If you have experienced a horse trainer from hell either a professional or amateur then let off some steam here and let the rest of the horse world know about them. Don't forget to name names. Please read this first before posting If the trainer in question disputes the claims they find on here then they are very welcome to post a comment too. Tell only the truth. Comments are only moderated to screen out ads for websites or "buy this or that" spam and for not staying on topic. General comments should be made under the "General Blog Posts" category.