Hospitals have adapted to the obesity epidemic with bigger CT scanners, beds and hospital gowns. Now, even dude ranches out West are making accommodations for Americans' bulging waistlines.
The ranches say they are using draft horses, the diesels of the equine world, in ever-greater numbers to make sure they don't miss out on income from potential customers of any size.
“Even though a person might be overweight, or, you know, heavier than the average American, it's kind of nice we can provide a situation where they can ride with their family,” wrangler T. James “Doc” Humphrey told the Associated Press.
Humphrey's 10-gallon hat, goatee, black vest and spurs are a favorite tourist sight at Sombrero Ranches, east of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, where they have 20 draft horses, including Belgians and Percherons, and 25 draft-horse mixes.