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post #1 of 100 Old 01-29-2016, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Unfit horse, unfit rider

Martha - 11 year old Clydesdale mare. Broodmare condition, muscle wastage on back and rump. Brought 24th December.
Me - 26 year old British woman. Fat and riddled with fibromyalgia. Works full time (80+ hours a fortnight)

Martha came to me with an 8 month old foal at foot. She did not want to talk to me. She was never aggressive, just aloof and generally offended by my presence. She eventually decided that I wasn't a bad guy and begrudgingly worked with me. Weaning started middle of this month. She still has a bit of an udder but is moving comfortably. She showed no stress at baby going, in fact continued to eat her hay whilst baby was put on the float and driven off.

So, Martha...
She has no top line. She was pretty light from Christmas but is slowly putting on condition. We've got to work that baby belly off and get some cover on her back and bum. Her teeth have been done. They were very very sharp and had nasty hooks on them. Luckily I hadn't put her in a bit at this time or else we would have had a nasty reaction! She has no idea how to respond to a halter whilst I ride in one so I'm waiting on a big enough bit to arrive.
Trotting poles are being used lightly at this time as I've only just taught her to lunge, yield her hind etc etc. She has a brilliant "woah" not so much go...

Now me...
I'm a heavy set 5ft4 woman. I've ridden all my life. Suffered a motorcycle accident a few years back, broke my leg but didn't realise it, it healed badly and I was diagnosed with fibro. Last July I fell off a friend's horse at the beach, at a gallop onto wet sand, onto my head. This stuffed up my neck, shoulders and back. I've only just come back into work and riding. So, I'm fat and unfit.

So we both need to get in shape. I do more than 12000 steps at work. On top of that I try to fit in 30 minutes walk around the nearby park. On top of that I work Martha. On my days off I'm up at my parents working my main horse and the baby. I've also got a youngster coming back from the breakers next week so I'm going to be a bit busy
I'm lunging Martha and using trotting poles. Walking her down the road and back (40 minutes). Not riding properly yet because I don't have a big enough bit but will get to that soon.

Photos to follow for any one who is interested

I am her eyes, she is my wings. I am her voice, she is my spirit. I am her human, she is my horse.

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post #2 of 100 Old 01-29-2016, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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For some reason I can't upload any more.
This is Martha's first lunge. She has a 5.5 bit on which isn't too bad on her but I've not used it to ride her with ?
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post #3 of 100 Old 01-29-2016, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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post #4 of 100 Old 01-29-2016, 09:22 PM
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I'm going to sub to this, as I also feel like an unfit rider with an unfit horse now..LOL
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post #5 of 100 Old 01-29-2016, 09:57 PM
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She's gorgeous! And you two look great together. I'm out of shape, and currently bringing my out of shape gelding back into work. It's a big job!
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post #6 of 100 Old 01-30-2016, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys! Feel free to add your journey with your unfit buddy ?
My new bit arrived today so I will be trying out tonight.
I'm having a really bad flare up right now but battling along at work.
My bigest failing is chocolate. I can't say no. I get mad cravings for it. I can polish off a family sized maltesers bag by myself.
So I'm not buying any more chocolate. I'm buying apples instead to get my sugar fix.
Also really pushing myself to walk more. I feel so much better afterwards ?
Martha also loves going for walks so I'll be doing that more often ?

For some reason i cant post more photos! I'll keep trying tho
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post #7 of 100 Old 01-30-2016, 03:49 PM
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LOL, when we came out of the arena into the stable area, one of the riders I haven't seen much looked at me and Fergie and said "WOW you guys must of had some workout" with what little breath I had left I explained that by most people standards it wasn't much of a workout, but we are both horribly unfit.

Love your girl, here's to the road to fitness!
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post #8 of 100 Old 01-30-2016, 04:11 PM
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Right I'll get in on it!

Roy - 11 yr old TB 16.2 in neglected condition complete wastage everywhere bought 19th December
Very sweet nature and a true gentlemen but can be quite dominant and can be a big tantrum thrower.

Me - 19 yrs old 160cm currently weight 90kg (ouch) move out of home and got to eat what I wanted. Not my smartest decision.


Not sure what else to write? Used to be really into sports but I ruptured my kidney and had to take a year off and I just fell out of the habit.
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post #9 of 100 Old 01-30-2016, 04:24 PM
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ok My horse is Renegade/ Ren/ Renny.. he has his own topic with lots of pics..LOL

15.1 APHA gelding 15 yrs old, soon to be 16, not ridden much until I got him, and as the weather got bad, he went from being ridden 3-4 times a week, to once a month or so, and eating, so hes out of shape again

Me 32 year old man, 6 foot tall, 270 pounds.. sheesh, thanks doctor for reminding me I need to kickstart my diet again today.

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post #10 of 100 Old 01-30-2016, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Yey! So happy to see you guys and your nags! You lot in the north have an excuse - winter. Us lot down under are in a horribly hot summer which doesn't make exercise very easy.
I'm still at work but I will be dragging myself out to the paddock and getting on Martha if it kills me.
I'm still trying to add photos without any bloody luck!
Love looking at everyone else's ponies though! Let's keep each other posted on progress, no matter how small!
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