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        03-11-2014, 02:26 PM
      #31
    Foal
    My 2cents: while I don't wish to hurt any feelings I would say yes, you are too big. As somebody who struggles daily with weight and riding I really understand what it is to be a plus sized rider. I understand how being a big rider can affect your horse. Personally, I would use riding as a goal/reward to lose weight so you can ride(much like I do). I was nearing 290bs and I lost 80+lbs but after really hurting my back I put some back on and now I'm right at the weight limit that my barn allows. I hate riding right now yet still love it,so Im trying my hardest to get back down. I wont start feeling "OK" again until I get to 220. And I know saying this will stir controversy, but I personally don't think people over 260 should ride. Yes there are horses that CAN carry that weight, but the real question is, SHOULD they? Let me again say this is just my belief and in no way is meant to argue with others beliefs or hurt any feelings.
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        03-22-2014, 02:07 AM
      #32
    Foal
    I thank you all for your input.
    I am going to start exercising and alyssaanne you didn't hurt my fellings at all I came here for a honest answer and I thank you for your opinion
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        03-26-2014, 02:07 AM
      #33
    Foal
    It really depends!!
    You are 6'7" and that's pretty darn tall! (Actually 7" taller than me. )
    I'm 6'0" at 280 lbs. When I was closer to 315, I spent time doing a lot of ground work until I was able to lose the weight. Did I need to? Probably not. I just felt like it was a bit more kind to my horse. (She's only 15HH, and not very thick, herself. )

    I hope you can give it a go. :) There's all kinds of stuff you can learn on the ground that, in all honesty, you should know about horses before you even think about riding anyway! It's a good motivator. <3 Good luck.
         

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