This is fabulous!!! I'm so glad to hear that so many people are aware of 1) keeping their horses in shape and 2) the relevance of keeping themselves in shape. And the point made about racing is quite true: if weight didn't matter in a race, why would jockey's + gear all have to weigh the same at a track?
I like to think of it this way (as somebody already mentioned): I cannot expect from my horse what I don't demand of myself. If my horse works out an hour a day, so do I. I can't expect the best
from them if I don't expect it from myself. It's great to know that other people have considered this too!
And awesome research, dirtdevil! While size is an advantage in some sports, there's a difference between 200lbs of "flubber" and 200lbs of muscle (I am NOT saying that all cowboys have no muscle tone!!). I just think that there are a lot of cometitors out there who could be phenomenal if there bodies were in better shape (myself included --> I tend to winter well!!!)
And the same goes for the skinny beanpoles out there: just because someone is skinny does not mean that they are in shape (although they tend to fit their jeans better!)
PS: what is it that Robert Bowers does???