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  • What effects being overweight to horse riding
  • Being overweight feels so awkward when ridding a horse

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    01-02-2011, 10:10 PM

I think I mentioned that I am not Tiny at all. I am 52 years old, 5; 4" and about 200 lbs. Nobody believes me either when I tell them, but one look in the mirror tells the truth.
Being overweight does make it harder to maintain ones balance, but it really is more a matter of having the muscular strength and the time in the saddle that will make it all come together. And time in the saddle is the big one.

The more you ride, the easier it will get and the less your size will matter.
I don't look pretty when I see myself on video, but I can make myself an easier rider to carry than an inexperienced rider of half my weight. It's knowing how to stay over the horse's center of gravity and stay out of his way when he is moving. When I am riding , I never think about my size . Never. I couldn't feel more at ease in my body than when in the saddle. Thank God for riding!

You are young from my perspective, but I know you have at least one small child and it's hard to lose weight when one is mommying little children. However, it won't last. Really, in a couple of years I bet you will be much changed. Don't sweat it until then.
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    01-02-2011, 10:13 PM
Midnight Angel, that is a wonderful post and you and your horse are a lovely pair!
    01-02-2011, 10:44 PM
I'm about similar size as you. Where did you get your hunt coat! I can't find one that will wrap around "the girls" and and still let me breath and ride comfortably.
    01-03-2011, 12:29 AM
I don't know if anyone has suggested this yet or not, but I would definetly give yoga a try! I am 5'6 and was 220 pounds when I was 14. Im now almost 19 and I weigh about 150, I pretty much had to learn to jump all over again. Things will definetly feel different, but yoga has helped my balance and flexibility. Makes for a more comfortable ride. :) Good luck to you!
    01-03-2011, 01:02 AM
I have the same issue.. I'm going to be 39 in a week and I am 5'3 and 180 pounds.. I guess it's quite common for women who work around/with horses have more muscle than most "ordinary" women... I too don't look like I weigh what I do but I know I am overweight regardless as I can't stand looking at myself naked so there's no full length mirrors in our house... that being said, I also agree with what these ladies have said. I'm also sure that I'm going to have similar problems to you as I haven't ridden in about 12 years and my body will probably be "unbalanced" as well... or at least feel that way.

I sure hope you, and I both get over our fears and get back on our horses and feel comfortable and FREE once again!!

Good luck and KUP.
    01-03-2011, 08:41 AM
I am starting my weight watchers today! I am 30 and just started riding again 2 years ago after a 10 year break. I had a breast reduction this summer and I am learning balance again and hope the weight loss will help. I think we all are a little more cautious as an adult then when we were in our teens.
    01-03-2011, 11:23 AM
My jacket is a regular suit jacket - I got it on sale at a website called - I have done this twice now - buy one size bigger than normal and then get a local sewing shop to fit it to you rather than just hanging like a suit jacket it now looks like a perfect neat and tidy fit ! In total my jacket was $38 from the sale and $50 for the adjustments - at $88 I would say its a bargain and does the job just fine !
    01-03-2011, 12:21 PM
Weight does make a difference, it seems to shift your center of balance and makes it difficult for you to 'find yourself' LOL, I know what I mean.

Weight isn't the only thing though, your mind is in a different place to where it was when you were younger and that can be difficult to get over as well.

Speaking as someone who was (as a grown up returner) a 300 pound passenger, when I started, ended up as a 170 pound rider during last summer, that meant many adjustments. I just plucked up courage to get on my horse again the other day, and PANIC, it was an alien place, I just didn't feel right, but a few deep breaths and some relaxation and everything kind of sorted itself out.

I haven't plucked up courage to get on the scale recently, so I have no idea what I weigh, something between 170 and 300,
    01-03-2011, 01:50 PM
Saddle fitting for the rider is tricky though! A bigger woman could actually be better in a 16" saddle than a 17". I'm 5'7 120lbs and I ride in a 17-17.5" ;)
    01-03-2011, 02:18 PM
Originally Posted by Eliz    
Saddle fitting for the rider is tricky though! A bigger woman could actually be better in a 16" saddle than a 17". I'm 5'7 120lbs and I ride in a 17-17.5" ;)
Remember that we may be getting our English and Western measurements mixed up here. Technically a 17-17.5" English saddle is about equivalent to a 15" western saddle, as I understand it. It's not clear to me whether the OP is speaking in English or Western terms... and whether you're speaking in Western or English terms, Eliz.

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