In the Magazine: When Is a Rider’s Weight Too Much?

Excerpt from the October 2017 issue of Heels Down Magazine.

Sophie Tolley is the first to admit that she used to be a little overweight.

Like most young women, the 20-year-old dressage rider from the United Kingdom struggled to maintain a weight that she was happy with, but never expected to see a noticeable difference from her horse when she dropped several pounds.

Rider weight and its effect on our horses has been a controversial topic for decades. But in the day and age of body shaming and cyberbullying, it’s even more sensitive among young riders. Sophie recalls instances during Pony Club rallies where riders who were clearly too large for their horses and ponies were allowed to ride the course despite the glaring mismatch.

Read the full article and much more in the October issue.Download the Heels Down Magazine app in the iTunes AppStore: or Google Play for Android phones and tablets: Don’t forget, the first issue for new subscribers is FREE for 30 days!

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