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    06-27-2014, 02:52 PM
Hello fellow plus sized riders, introduce yourself here

Someone suggested this in another thread and it's a great idea, please take a couple of minutes to post a little about yourself and post one recent pic, just so we know who is who

GH here, mid fifties, been riding on and off since I was a kid, took a long break and came back as a rerider 7 years ago when we moved from the Uk to Canada. I have been big all my adult life, and regret every minute I let that stop me doing anything, because looking back, for a lot of that time I wasn't BIG. A few years ago I got sick of the weight, did a meal replacement diet and lost 140 pounds in 18 months, then promptly gained back 100 over the next year. Since then I have struggled just to maintain, and now being in full menopause I constantly seem to gain and lose the same 10 pounds over and over, ( I also struggle not to knife DH, cry copiously over stupid things, and spend my nights trying to sleep in a sea of sweat......time to get help I think) so have been around 275 for the last year.

I think as a group we should be supportive, but we have to be honest, if a rider is too big for their horse, or saddle, then we should say so, in a matter of fact way, no need for rudeness, but nor should we close our eyes to the truth, that doesn't help anyone.

As for a pic, well most of you know me, but here am I on the handsome and honest Mr Gibbs

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    06-27-2014, 03:39 PM
Green Broke
Cat here. Not much to say here other than I've had a struggle with my weight since the beginning of college. I was probably my heaviest during my wedding 11 years ago (bless my husband's heart for sticking by me no matter what) and did start dropping some weight when we finally moved here to KY and I was able to work out on our small farm.

Slowly going down this year, but I seem to lose a little bit and then get stuck for a while. I'm just thankful its not going back up. I'm currently 223-230 lbs right now depending which scale you look at. Really trying to get back to where I was about 4-5 years ago when I was under 200 lbs.

This is my most recent picture on my mustang Guinness. I'll have to see if I can find other ones that show a better angle when I get home - Not the most flattering when the person taking the picture is on the other bank above you.

    06-27-2014, 07:04 PM
My name is Caroline. I have been heavy , in one form or another, since my kids came along, so that's 20 years. But the last 5 years or so I've been a lot heavier, and for me, the ol' menopause has brought even more belly fat home to roost. Like Golden, I keep struggling to lose and relose the same 10 lbs. But, I have to remember that for every day that I am "fighting", I am not "gaining".

I rode some as a kid, but really am one of those folks who come to riding as a middle aged woman. Being overweight does make it harder to do what my friends can do with ease. But I've got the spunk to make up for that .

Here I am riding Z, whom I leased for 2 and a half years. He has been moved, so am technically horseless for now. I am pleased, however, that several folks I know have come forward to offer their horses to me to either ride or lease. None of them think I am too heavy, and all seem to think I can ride well enough to not ruin their horses. I'll take that as a compliment.

    06-27-2014, 07:07 PM
I am not plus sized, but I like you gals, so hey.
    06-30-2014, 12:58 PM
Great idea!

Hi, my name is Amanda, and I am a plus size rider. My weight gain started about 5 years ago in the Navy. I was working 12 hour shifts behind a desk, and playing video games when I was 'home' so I packed on some weight with the help of junk food and a lot of alcohol. I'm about 220 pounds. My average weight before I gained was about 175, I have never been a skinny girl.

I know all the tips and tricks to losing weight, know why I haven't lost any but haven't done anything about it. I'm hoping that my new lease horse will motivate me to ride and exercise more, since he's fat and I'm fat.

I started riding in my last year of high school, but I've always loved horses. My Mom had some friends who owned some and they let me trail ride and team pen with them. I've never had a lesson in my life but hopefully will start some this fall. I'd really like to fix my bad habits and really learn how to ride better.

This is me on Hannah, a mare my barn owner owned who I was riding some. She's sold now and out in New Mexico.

I do own a horse, and most people know Stryder so I won't go on and on about him ;) But he's not broke to ride and he's still way too small for me to consider riding him. He'll be 3 next spring, we'll see what he looks like then.

Here is Stryder and Titan, my new ride for the next few months (Unless I win the lotto, then I am totally buying him.)

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    07-01-2014, 04:15 AM
It's me, QHH, or just Meagan. I've been around the forum for a few years now, off and on. I am also a plus size rider, I've been on the larger side since I was about 10 years old. It bothered me a lot in high school, but now that I am older, I have accepted that I will never be perfectly thin. I'll always have my curves, and I'm okay with that. I'm more interested in eating right, staying active, and being happy no matter what I look like. If a few pounds come off in the process, I'm okay with that, too.

I've always been enamored of horses, ever since I can remember. I rode my extended family's horses every summer, took lessons when I was a kid, and leased horses when I was a teenager. Three years ago, I found my current horse, Riley, and he has ruled my world ever since. He is a 14 year old OTTB, ex-three day eventer, Grumpy Cat impersonator, and lover of carrots and cuddles. The first few years that I owned him, I didn't really do a whole lot with him. We went for rides, but just to mosey around. This past March, I started taking dressage lessons with him 2-3 times a week and we are having a blast! It's such a great discipline.

Here's a couple of pictures of us from this Spring...

    07-03-2014, 12:30 PM
Hello all, My name is Jessie and I have pretty much always loved horses once I found out what they were. My Mum signed me up in horse camp when I was 6 and I did that every summer until I was 10 or so. Then I started taking lessons until I was 14. I quit because the barn I rode at got sold and I was a very nervous rider so the thought of having to ride somewhere new, have a new coach and relearn the horses made me sick to my stomach. My main love at that time was working on the ground with the horses lets just say haha. Around 3 years ago (at 21?) I started riding again at my current stable and have been loving it. I am more confident and less nervous this time around. I part-board a lesson horse at the barn named Jesse (or as we affectionately call him... Dino).

I don't really have any actual pictures of us riding but here is a snapshot from a video. Sorry for the blurriness. We ride more Hunter style at my barn. My strong suit is flat work and I am a bit nervous at jumping but I still enjoy it and am overcoming the fear.

I suppose I have always been one of the "bigger" people growing up. My Mum says I wasn't as big as I thought I was. I wasn't necessarily as big as I am now, but I know I was one of the bigger people in school, lessons, etc. always. I am 5'10 and currently 242lbs as of this morning. I have decided I would like to be more active so I now ride 3 times a week and I signed up for my first 5k Marathon (which is now in 23 days! T_T) and have been following the couch to 5k program. I am at Week 5 Day 1. Before I started being more active (around December or so) I was 265lbs. Right now I am focusing on living life with some confidence :) I even planned a trip to Cuba and I plan on rocking a bikini... even if my body might not be ready by society standards :P
    07-03-2014, 12:39 PM
Green Broke
Hello from Oklahoma

Hi, I'm Tanja and currently reside in Oklahoma with my beautiful Morgan mare Ana. I'm currently wearing a size 4 so I'm not plus-sized by society's standards, but I ride Dressage and I'm probably one of the bigger Dressage riders; apparently, if you're not a size double zero you're "heavy". I've always had big thighs, in fact, they called me "thunder-thighs" in high school .

Anyway, I don't let haters stop me from riding. I just smile and keep on riding. I would like to loose some more weight but it's hard as I'm a total food addict. I love nothing more than to pig out on a container of almond dream ice cream with melted dark chocolate. Yum.

Nice to meet everyone!
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    07-03-2014, 12:58 PM
Originally Posted by frlsgirl    
Hi, I'm Tanja and currently reside in Oklahoma with my beautiful Morgan mare Ana. I'm currently wearing a size 4 so I'm not plus-sized by society's standards, but I ride Dressage and I'm probably one of the bigger Dressage riders; apparently, if you're not a size double zero you're "heavy". I've always had big thighs, in fact, they called me "thunder-thighs" in high school .

Anyway, I don't let haters stop me from riding. I just smile and keep on riding. I would like to loose some more weight but it's hard as I'm a total food addict. I love nothing more than to pig out on a container of almond dream ice cream with melted dark chocolate. Yum.

Nice to meet everyone!
Well you are definitely not plus sized by any standards but its nice to meet you too! Your mare is beautiful and you look tiny on her. People do come in all shapes and sizes, so you may never have "skinny thighs" but you know what.. that's fine.. Just own your thighs with confidence! I think thicker thighs are more appealing to the eye anyways. Girl, all you got is some curves :)
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    07-03-2014, 01:13 PM
Well Cowboy of you are nervous to jump you are taking on a decent size fence there, from those of us who can only tackle ground poles that look impressive!

Tanja welcome, you look great on your horse, and don't let anyone or anything make you think that size 4 is plus size. Our bodies are all differing shapes, and curves are GOOD, we are women for goodness sake so we are meant to have some shape. Now some of us have shape to spare, but it is very sad to me to see lovely shapely girls thinking they are somehow too big.

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