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        08-24-2013, 02:59 AM
    You don't have to be a skinny winnie to ride. Im fluffy as are many members of this forum. There are others that will try to discourage you from riding and put low weight limits on riding but just take it with a grain of salt. As long as you listen to your horse and watch for signs of discomfort you'll be fine. Make sure you control yourself and arent just a rag doll up there in the saddle (which is something EVERY person regardless of weight has to do) and make sure you have fun.

    Post pics of you two riding!!

    Oh and no I wouldnt say the same thing to someone who is 400lbs. There IS a stopping point with weight and 220lb isnt it :)
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        08-24-2013, 03:22 AM
    Originally Posted by demonwolfmoon    
    Well its good you care. As for losing weight, some exercise is better than no exercise. Just don't go too nuts! ;)
    lol, I learned that the hard way by losing a lot of weight in a short period of time...I gained it all back within months . Not this time though, slow and steady wins the race
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        08-25-2013, 02:07 AM
    You go for it girl.😉
        08-25-2013, 04:11 AM
    My bf is 6'4" and his horses are mostly 16hh. But he can hop on his dads 14hh mustang and ride for hours. The mare never gets tired or slows down with him on her. So size is not everything. You can have a 17hh horse but if he is not in shape he will struggle with a 150lb rider. All your horses need is some food and a workout plan :). If you want to work out with them bring them for walks. Walk them up and down hills. Good for you and them.
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        08-25-2013, 01:14 PM
    You're definitely fine! Seriously I wouldn't worry about riding them. I'm sure a skinny mini bouncing around the saddle will do more damage than a girl with meat on her bones who knows how to ride!
    Also, with the jumping thing - unless you are new to jumping and aren't able to hold your position really well, I wouldn't worry about that either.
    Also, riding is great for losing weight and building up muscles, too.
    If you are really worried about riding right now, I would do what KigerQueen suggested. Walking hills will not only be good for both of you, but good bonding time too. Trotting in hand is good too. Get in shape together!
    Best of luck with your weight loss!
        08-27-2013, 11:01 AM
    As long as you're physically fit to ride it shouldn't be a real issue. When I was overweight, I couldn't have mounted a horse as I had no level of fitness - now that I've done the exercise and have modified my diet, my fitness is fine and I can ride to my heart's content.

    So ride to suit you and the horse's comfort. Lose weight for you, nobody else. Do it sensibly and you'll keep it off. And as a bonus, riding will be much more enjoyable and comfortable for horse and rider.

    Go for it! You'll do great. :)

    BTW - nice horses!!!
        08-27-2013, 11:36 AM
    I don't think that you are too big for them, but I would want to see more weight and muscle on both before either was ridden. The one nearest you, especially, has her spine really sticking up.

    Adding protein to their diet will help them to build muscle (I like alfalfa for that). Also, I would likely take them on hand walks up and down hills to encourage them to use those muscles and build them up. That would also have the added effect of helping you lose the weight you want rid of.
        08-27-2013, 12:13 PM
    I agree with everyone else, you aren't too big for these horses.

    But I also agree that you need to get them fit before you start doing anything strenuous. They both need a bunch more muscle, I'd suggest worming asap, and Smrobs is right, you guys will all benefit from the exercise! What a terrible way to loose right?
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        08-30-2013, 11:48 PM
    The guy we got them from has given them all there shots for the year and has dewormed them, they are not due for another 3 months.We took them both for walks the other day. I'm waiting for my dad to build a round pen so I can start exercising them... it's hard to work with them because there are two belgians in the same area that belonged to the same person and they get in the way. Both horses have gained a good bit of weight since we got them.

    Would shallow hills work we don't really have any big hills where we are.
        08-31-2013, 12:25 AM
    You are more trusting than I am. I usually deworm my horses when I get them. Mine are usually from somewhat neglectful owners....better safe than sorry, Id rather have less worms hanging around.
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