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post #21 of 47 Old 01-05-2011, 01:42 PM
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As a teen, I was much more care free and fearless when it came to riding...

Now I'm only 22, and I'm SO careful when I ride... I no longer care to do huge jumps, or ride questionable horses.

The age difference isn't that much between teen-22, but I figured out what made the difference: My husband! When I was a teen, horses were #1, and everything else came second. Why NOT risk everything while riding horses?! But now, my husband is #1, and horses come second. I don't want to risk my life on horses when I know that there is something else out there even better worth living for ;)

I know a previous poster mentioned you have a daughter- so maybe you're going through something similar. My only advice is to ride SAFE horses, and have FUN!!!
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Thanks everyone, I think I got some good input here! All things considered, I do think my weight has alot to do with it, as well as my muscles (I need to build them back up) and also I definitely think that it's a mental thing to. I am a very cautious and almost paranoid adult. I was care free as a child and teen. Then comes marriage - then comes KIDS and along with that comes RESPONSIBILITY. I am probably an "overly cautious" person as a matter of fact. Give me something new to do and I'll come up with 10 things that could possibly go wrong. lol. So I'm sure that has A LOT to do with my issues.

So I guess what I need to do is pretty simple - ride more! I need to build those "riding muscles" back up, plus boost my confidence and learn to be trustworthy and not "OVERLY" cautious. Some caution is healthy obviously, but there IS a line that shouldn't be crossed. Plus I really do want to lose weight, so that's already on my to do list.

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post #23 of 47 Old 01-05-2011, 02:24 PM
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Keep us all posted on how you progress - my aim is to get another 20lbs off in the first 6 months of this year - and plenty of posting trot work will help me on my way - good luck and have fun !

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post #24 of 47 Old 01-05-2011, 02:36 PM
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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 unnatural feelings.
I agree. I am 5'2" and 150 and I ride in a 16" western. I was riding in a 15" english saddle when I started riding english again and it was way too small. It made me feel really uncomfortable and threw me off balance. But I also have a HUGE butt, haha! Go to your local tack shop and sit on a few and see how they feel to you. I like my saddle to be nice and have some room but not so much that I'm going to be all over the place in it.

I hope that helps!
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post #25 of 47 Old 01-05-2011, 02:38 PM
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Julie def a pic of you in the saddle from the back and side will help us alot...

I am a BBW as well and the weight kills me at times... especially on strange horses or greenies. Saddle with a seat big enough made a HUGE difference with me... like you I was riding in a 16" then I sat in a 17" and WOW what a difference!!!
Also be sure you are keeping your feet UNDER you and not leaning forward or back or one way or the other. I have found with my weight gain I tend to lean forward and to the left. when I correct that I "feel" safer

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post #26 of 47 Old 01-05-2011, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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I'll try to get a picture soon. As for losing the weight - I'm thinking about trying the 17 day diet to give me a "boost" and then working on it from there on until I get all the extra weight off.

George is our Standardbred X-Race Horse, X Amish Horse, who has found a very special place in my heart. We love our GEORGE !
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Juliein, I just want to say that I am very proud of you for being willing to admit these things. I am 15 years old, 175lbs and have a lot of confidence issues, and it took me a few years to admit that I had a problem. I used to get angry when someone would point out that I had a flaw. But now, I am riding more and have become a lot more confident (though I still have my little issues here and there) and it has actually carried over into my life outside of horses. I feel so much more happy with myself and it is all thanks to the horses and riding. I hope you can overcome your fears, it is a tough battle, but when you do overcome it you will feel like a million bucks! I'm here if you ever need to talk/vent. :) -Nerissa

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post #28 of 47 Old 01-05-2011, 04:28 PM
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I think your saddle size does need to be larger. I also ride in chinks and it helps me stick to the saddle better and makes me more secure
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Hi all,

I have really enjoyed reading this thread because it makes me feel like I'm not alone. I have always been on the overweight side. I'm 34 now, 5'6" and weigh about 198. Just 7 months ago I weighed around 212 and that was my steady summer riding weight. In the winter it wasn't uncommon for me to weigh around 220.

I don't want to get off topic, or get into a dieting thread, but I struggled with my weight my whole life. Tried Weight Watchers and low-fat diets. I felt hungry and deprived and hated myself because the whole world seemed to act like loosing weight was no big deal, and I struggled to loose even 5 pounds. There was one summer where I walked every day before I rode, and the lowest I got was 207.

Then my friend pointed me towards a low-carb diet, and WOW, what a difference! The first two weeks I lost 8 pounds. I was NEVER able to do that with a low-fat diet. It seems like low-carb is just the perfect fit for me! And I don't get hungry very often and I am enjoying the foods I eat (I LOVE chicken ). I really don't feel like I eat that much more meat than I used to, but I try to substitute veggies for carbs. So I stay away from sugar and starch as much as I can, and eat more salads and veggies instead. If I want something sweet, I eat fruit or a sugar-free yogurt.

So anyway, not to get totally off-topic, but I thought I would just share with you guys what has worked for me, because I really struggled and had a hard time with loosing weight.

I was actually down to 189 before Thanksgiving. Then I admit I went off my diet again for the holidays, hence the weight gain, but now I am back on it again and have already lost a couple pounds since Jan. 1st. I actually stuck to this diet for 6-7 months, and I've never been that commited to a diet before. But it's easy to stick to because it works!

There was a time I thought I could never get below 200 lbs. My friends were even talking about doing the mule ride in the Grand Canyon, and there is a 200 lb. weight limit to ride the mules. I thought I wouldn't be able to go (they never did go, but that's another story). So here I am, riding nearly every day for the past 16 years, and I'm too fat to ride the mules. Talk about humiliating!

Anyway, I can't speak as to how it feels to ride skinny vs. fat, because I've always been a fat rider. But I really do want to be a skinny rider someday. Maybe if I stick to my diet by this summer, who knows what weight I can be at.

Here I am with my Mustang John Henry right before a 4th of July parade. It helps that he's short but stout, so I feel like he can carry me but he's still short enough to mount easily. He's around 14.3, 1100 lbs.

Oh, I should also mention that I ride in a 17" western saddle. But saddles can vary so much! I have a 15.5 that I fit into, 16's that were way too small, and even the 17's I've tried have run the range of just right to too big. It kind of depends on how much thigh room them give you and how they sit you. But in general, 17" is my saddle size.
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post #30 of 47 Old 01-05-2011, 04:41 PM
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I think your saddle size does need to be larger. I also ride in chinks and it helps me stick to the saddle better and makes me more secure
I like chinks too! I don't ride in them in the middle of summer because I get hot in them, but any other time of year I LOVE my chinks. Because I trail ride, they save me lots of bruises on my legs and torn up pants. And like you mentioned, I feel like they help me stick to the saddle better too.
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