Advice: friend too heavy for horse
So, I have a student who has become a friend. Very nice, awesome person. She used to come to me for 'lessons' but we were really just trail riding. I used to use horses at another facility. Several of which were more than capable of carrying her. Truthfully, she is overweight. A doctor has actually described her as morbidly obese. I now have one lesson horse that I own, and she is my sole horse for lessons. I have others accessible for backups in the event of an emergency, but she is my awesome lesson horse. She has a slight club foot and many years ago was lame because of it and running gymkhana. Also, there was one day when her back was a little sore, but my farrier, another trainer and myself have been working on her body and she's been fine. I'm so worried that my friend is too heavy for her but how do I tell her that without hurting her feelings? Getting back into horses has been really therapeutic for her and has helped her get through some tough times. She has ridden her once and I was a nervous wreck. Going back to the previous facility is not an option because she is flat broke, on disability, and I certainly can't afford to pay to rent someone else's horses for her. I don't know what to do! I don't want to hurt her feelings but I also have to think about the well being of my horse, on which much of my business relies.