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    01-02-2011, 04:08 PM
  #1
Foal
Unhappy being an overweight rider feels AWKWARD!

I remember when I was a teen (and about 100lbs lighter) how natural and free flowing and safe horse back riding felt. I loved every minute of it. It was SO enjoyable! I could ride fine in my western saddle, or bare back. It didn't matter. With a bridle or without a bridle. Whatever. I just rode. ANd I enjoyed it so much!

Now - after getting older (I'm now 29 - will be 30 in March) and approx 100lbs heavier, it feels so awkward. It's so much more difficult! I don't feel comfortable in the saddle (which is a 16" saddle), I feed unstable and not balanced AT ALL, I feel like I could just fall off! It now feels so UN NATURAL! It's hardly enjoyable. I've heard that getting back into horse back riding (after years of NOT horse back riding) is like riding a bike - you never forget how to do it. But why is it so un natural now!? I want to and am planning to lose weight, but is there other reasons that I feel this way? Is there something I can work on (besides just losing weight) that will make it easier and more enjoyable?
Also - is anyone else that's overweight experiencing the same thing??

Btw - I am 5'7" and weigh 237lbs. Although, the weight is distributed evenly over my entire body - which is why NO ONE ever believes that I weigh this much - I look more like I weigh about 190-210lbs approx. So I'm not like HUGE ... but not nearly thin either. So is the issue mainly with my weight - or is it something else?
Maybe it's just a mental thing? Perhaps I'm just more timid and nervous than I was as a care less teen ...? I don't know, but I want to and NEED TO figure it out. I'll admit - I'm nervous to ride George, and I don't want to be!
     
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    01-02-2011, 04:16 PM
  #2
Started
I can tell you that as a teen I weighed more than I do now and had that feeling like you of freedom and galloped and cantered more than walking and trotting. At 35 and the smallest I've been since I started high school I am riding and over cautious of everything and don't feel I have balance like I did.
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    01-02-2011, 04:20 PM
  #3
Yearling
Pictures of you riding would help (and/or a video).

I think the problem is probably a muscle and position thing. I think what it is, is you are tipping forward, your heels are popping up and you are looking down, throwing your weight really far forward and not having a good leg position to keep you in place (if that makes sense). Like I said, pictures would help (since I'm just guessing here). I am over weight myself, but I have enough muscle and such to keep myself in a good place.

It will probably just be you needing to relax and refine your position a bit.

I'm probably no help, but just know that it is something that is fixable and you will over come this if you work hard. :)
     
    01-02-2011, 04:27 PM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by eventerwannabe    
Pictures of you riding would help (and/or a video).

I think the problem is probably a muscle and position thing. I think what it is, is you are tipping forward, your heels are popping up and you are looking down, throwing your weight really far forward and not having a good leg position to keep you in place (if that makes sense). Like I said, pictures would help (since I'm just guessing here). I am over weight myself, but I have enough muscle and such to keep myself in a good place.

It will probably just be you needing to relax and refine your position a bit.

I'm probably no help, but just know that it is something that is fixable and you will over come this if you work hard. :)
Ok well, I'll try to remember to get a video of me riding - once I get up the gumption TO RIDE. Sigh.
And what you said sounds tack on! I recall feeling like I was tipping forward in the saddle.
     
    01-02-2011, 08:39 PM
  #5
Foal
Oh man, I wish getting back to riding was like bicycling! So not the story for me.

I haven't owned a horse for over 5 years now and have only ridden a couple of times during that period. I used to do free riding in the pasture both bareback and bridleless at the drop of a hat. Now? Not so much!

While bareback, I feel like I have no natural seat anymore and am overly focused on not losing my balance. That of course gets me nervous, which doesn't help my riding either.

So, it could be a whole slew of things thrown together for you - may or may not be one simple fix (although someone might pinpoint your issue(s) in pics/vids). I presume more riding time will help you out, build muscle memory, and of course, with more riding time, the more confidence you'll probably gain, but I totally understand that it is hard to get to that point!

Now, if the manpower was available to me, I'd like to have someone lunge my horse, that way I could focus solely on my seat and not have to worry about runaways, crazy dogs, w/e. I'm not sure how nervous you are right now, but perhaps someone leading you around could even build a nice base of confidence?
     
    01-02-2011, 08:52 PM
  #6
Banned
Does your saddle fit you? Just like the fit of a saddle is important to the comfort and performance of the horse, saddle fit plays a big role in a persons riding. Maybe you could try a 17" seat. I had some problem with this when I was taking lessons. (I was riding in a seat too big for me). It may help some of your unatural feelings.

And while getting back into riding is like riding a bike, you don't have all the muscle memory or refinement in your riding like you did when you rode consistantly. My suggestion to help this is to maybe have a friend give you a couple of "guidance lessons" to help you pick up the few little details of riding you may have forgotten over the years.

Hope this helped you out. (And I'm not a skinny-mini, either. So I hear you when "curves" can get in the way of riding )
     
    01-02-2011, 09:31 PM
  #7
Green Broke
You might want to try an 17" saddle. I ride in a 15.5"-16" western saddle and a 17.5 english saddle..a half size makes a huge difference as well but I would go for a 17" and try it out.
     
    01-02-2011, 09:32 PM
  #8
Foal
I think this is all about how you are feeling - nervous - anxious -worried even - I don't think you weight is the problem - but that you think it should be a problem. I am a little heavier and just a little oler than you - and I do hunter jumper and am now starting dressage - I have won many ribbons and took my first blue in October.

Like you when I started out - just a about a year ago now - I felt so awkward - I had rescued a horse and didnt really think much about showing - but my TB mare turned out to be Black Beauty and everyone told me she was too pretty not to do something with - and so I tried !

I also have to say that my mare will only let me ride her - she will not tolerate anyone else on her back - no matter their size or skill she either stands stuck to the ground and wont move - or rears and bucks like a bronco if they think they have experience with horses like her - ha ha. She does not think I have a weight problem - she likes me just the way I am !

All said and done -yes I will keep trying to loose weight and have got 20lbs off - but I am so glad that my horse loves me for what I am - the rest of the world stand with dropped jaws as we continue to take ribbons !
     
    01-02-2011, 09:34 PM
  #9
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by midnight angel    
i think this is all about how you are feeling - nervous - anxious -worried even - I don't think you weight is the problem - but that you think it should be a problem. I am a little heavier and just a little oler than you - and I do hunter jumper and am now starting dressage - I have won many ribbons and took my first blue in october.

Like you when I started out - just a about a year ago now - I felt so awkward - I had rescued a horse and didnt really think much about showing - but my tb mare turned out to be black beauty and everyone told me she was too pretty not to do something with - and so I tried !

I also have to say that my mare will only let me ride her - she will not tolerate anyone else on her back - no matter their size or skill she either stands stuck to the ground and wont move - or rears and bucks like a bronco if they think they have experience with horses like her - ha ha. She does not think I have a weight problem - she likes me just the way I am !

All said and done -yes I will keep trying to loose weight and have got 20lbs off - but I am so glad that my horse loves me for what I am - the rest of the world stand with dropped jaws as we continue to take ribbons !
go you!
     
    01-02-2011, 09:43 PM
  #10
Foal
Thank you - here is a pic of our last show - I have never been happier !!!!
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