if you feel like people are judging you then i wouldnt consider that to be a great barn to be at. my barn is like a lil family & there are a cpl of us bigger girls there and its never been an issue, ive recently started using weight watchers and i love it. i never feel hungry & it encourages you to eat. ive lost 5 pds already and its only been a week. im trying to only weigh myself every two weeks to give it time to work plus i work at my barn so i count that as my work out as well as my lessons. (with another job no time for real workouts lol ) & that is working just fine. i always count my ride as a workout, because it def is. dont let anyone make you feel inferior about your weight, because 160 really is not that bad. i cant wait to be 160 lol just concentrate on your love of riding instead of others opinions and eat healthy :) its not so much about counting calories as it is changing your lifestyle.
the love of riding outweighs the fear of falling.