The skinny: Ranches getting bigger horses to accommodate bigger American riders
Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:31pm
bigger horses needed for bigger riders
Wranglers in the West have for decades cashed in on the allure of getting on a horse and setting out on an open trail. Now they’re having to add bigger horses to their stables to help carry larger tourists. The ranches say they are using draft horses, the diesels of the horse world, in ever greater numbers to make sure they don’t lose out on income from potential customers of any size. Ranch operators say they began adding the bigger horses in the 1990s, but the pace has picked up in recent years. In the past 20 years, obesity has increased to more than a third of adults and about 17 percent of youth ages 2 to 19, according to federal statistics. The bigger horses have allowed outfitters to eliminate weight limits for customers.