One of the stories that have gone viral on the internet is that of Remi Bader. The influencer shared an awful experience of how she was denied a 30-minute horse riding session because of her plus-sized figure. The 26-Year-Old is quite known for her online content hinged on ‘realistic clothing hauls’ and try-ons on TikTok.
And while pictures and videos have since rolled out from her fellow influencers, Remi didn’t hold back at sharing the heartbreaking reality of things behind the scenes. She explained the Ranch, which charges $250 with a 22 percent gratuity riding session for a family of four, denied her for weighing over 240lbs.
Keogh said in his video: “When you’re not a fat b****, you can ride at Deep Hollow Ranch.” His response is typically body shaming, and while the video released by the Keogh had long been deleted, Remi re-posted the video on her account, stating: “Imagine this being Deep Hollow Ranch’s response to your experience.” Notably, this turn of the event emerged after she embarked on treatment for a binge eating disorder.
But amidst all these, Remi claimed she didn’t intend to harm a small business but was disappointed in how she was treated.
On her Instagram story, she said: ‘I posted for a reason, and that’s not because of me being denied to ride the horses. I get it, some places have weight requirements, and I’d never want to hurt the horses, but it was the way I was spoken [to] and laughed at by the owner and the way I was treated overall.”
Reacting, the management of the Deep Hollow Ranch has revealed via Facebook they’ve made a move on the situation. Their statement reads: “a teenage employee posted a response that in no way represents nor is aligned with the views that the owners of the ranch hold. We would like to apologize to anyone who this offended and we do not condone or agree with any part of that employee’s video.”
But then, the Deep Hollow Ranch has since come under critics with over 400 comments declaring how disgusting the events were.
Accordingly, the organizer of the weekend occasion at the Deep Hollow Ranch, Hampton Water, claimed they are ‘outraged at the events that took place at Deep Hollow Ranch and their treatment of our good friend, Remi Bader. The Hampton Water team and our third-party vendors were not made aware of the ranches’ policies prior to the event, and we would never put anyone in a situation to feel uncomfortable.’
The co-founder of Hampton Water Wine, Jesse Bongiovi, further said in a post on her Twitter page: “We will not work with Deep Hollow Ranch again and do not condone any of the events that followed. Inclusivity and kindness are rooted in Hampton Water’s foundation. We want to offer our deepest apologies to Remi.”
However, the horse guide on the deep hallow website says a rider ‘should not be more than 15% of the horse’s weight. It also noted that the smallest weighing horse, weighing in at 700 pounds, can carry a 105-pound person, while the largest horse, weighing in at 2,000 pounds, can carry a 300-pound person. It didn’t include information on how much a person should weigh to ride a horse, only information on the services offered at the ranch.