I haven't ridden either of my horses in over a year. I read a while ago some studies that have shown that riding hurts horses. Well today a friend told me that those studies are very flawed. That they aren't peer-reviewed, controlled, or published in any scientific journals. I didn't know much about research, so I didn't see these things as important when I first read them. Is this true that riding does not hurt the horse? My friend showed me a study that says horses can comfortably hold 20% of their weight. But another one said they can't hold any weight on their back (only for 15 minutes in natural collection). I don't know what to believe! I didn't know anywhere else to ask this question. Please let me know if you'd like me to remove it. I just wanted to ask it here because the community is very kind, knowledgable, and explain things well.
I didn't find the right solution from the internet.