Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: dark side of the moon
You are FINE, OP :) Go out and have a blast riding.
In that you are worried is an okay thing, but really, you don't need to. Be mindful of your weight and learn how to accommodate yourself. But don't be TOO hard on yourself, either.
I am overweight. I've been overweight since I was 3 years old. I'm sure I would be a much better rider if I were lighter and I'm working on that, but the yo-yo is always a "fun" ride and I am starting to appreciate how short life is and I'm not going to wait around for it.
So, I ride now. I actually hit my second heaviest I've ever been a few months ago, I've lost since then but I'm not anywhere near my lightest either. I ride more now than I have in a very long time. Besides my two, the trainer at my barn (I don't train with her, but she is a friend and trains games, western pleasure and all around horses) asks me to hop on her game horses every now and then to do some dressage with them, refine lead changes, what have you. In fact, one of her clients brought her a mare to sell as a jumper and I am going to ride her for the sales video, she goes better for me than anyone and I feel I can show her off nicely.
There are so many factors that go into our horses, weight is a touchy subject but its definitely not the only factor that causes injury or anything else. If I thought my weight was negative affecting my horses, I would stop riding (and have, for that same reason) only to have trainers, vets, chiros tell me I'm fine and to keep on riding. I've been riding my same mare for 13 years and she is sound, we do not do much for eventing anymore, haven't had a horse trial since 2009, but I do some schooling shows, lots of dressage and trail riding. My gelding I've been his main rider since he was started at age 3, I am am back to riding him a lot as well until his new lessee starts in January (cute pony clubber, he's a wonderful kids horse).
When I get off having an especially satisfying ride I always think "if only I were thin, I would be even better than this, and that was already spectacular". But I am trying to lose weight and we can all only do what we can do.