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post #1 of 28 Old 06-20-2013, 04:09 AM Thread Starter
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I'm plus-sized & I'm OK with it!

I just want to know how many of you have been outcasted or made fun of by other riders? I've been through it so many times. I have heard "why is that fat girl on that horse she's going to break his back", "you are too fat to jump", or "you need a bigger horse". However, I don't let them get me down. I still hold on to my dreams just as well as they do. I am a size 18 I am 220 pounds and I am perfectly fine with my weight! I ride a 15.2hh gelding who carries my butt around a cross country course just fine! I boarded my horse at a barn for 2 years and I would always wait until late at night when I knew nobody would be there so I could ride my horse without the girls snickering or making rude comments. I put my heart and soul into riding. When the next show came around we took home the champion ribbon and beat all the other girls! Sure it didn't make the comments stop but it showed just how serious I was about riding and it showed them that I didn't let their comments get to me. I ended up leaving that barn and now I am at a better barn where I am accepted for who I am and I am taken seriously as a rider.



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post #2 of 28 Old 06-20-2013, 08:18 AM
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GOOD ON YOU :) Your confidence will rein past anything else - it doesn't matter what size you are (and I'm probably considered plus size as well) if you love what you and and are obviously good at it then size doesnt matter.

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post #3 of 28 Old 06-20-2013, 10:03 AM
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Good for you, for being confident and true to yourself; I am not a plus sized rider, but I am, shall we say, a much more mature rider than all the other people at my barn; not only that, but, since I started riding late, I am not nearly as accomplished as the other riders at my barn; the people at my barn are wonderful and each rider is accepted for him or herself, no matter their age, size, experience, or level or skill; it all has to do with making progress on your own terms and as long as you are enjoying what you are doing, you are learning and your horse(s) are happy and healthy, then those are the things that matter!

I have had the experience where there is a type of snobbery that goes on around what type of horse you ride! So you see, mean spirited people will always find something to criticize. Their opinions are not worth your time.
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post #4 of 28 Old 06-21-2013, 09:12 AM
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I'm also a plus sized rider (just got back in the saddle after 25 years out of it!) and on my first lesson last week I was nervous about the whole riding again but also my weight.
I'd rang ahead and given my weight so they were prepared, but after the lesson, I was congratulated on perfect posture/seating and the instructor explained that a heavier rider who has a good seat will do less harm to a horses back than an 8st rider who doesn't know what they're doing and bounces around.
This makes me feel better about being a plus sized rider as the last thing I want to do is harm any horse (even though i'm working on losing weight - it's not going to come off overnight) and she's told me to carry on and be confident that i'm not causing the horse any harm at all.
Horse riding doesn't just have to be for skinny minnies but I do know what you mean about the looks - I've also got those when looking for riding wear................But am I bothered - not a bit xx
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post #5 of 28 Old 06-21-2013, 06:56 PM
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Reckyroo, offer to help with barn chores. Nothing like mucking stalls to put muscle on you and tone your body. Moving hay bales helps too. You may not wind up svelt but at least you'll be toned.
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I just want to know how many of you have been outcasted or made fun of by other riders? I've been through it so many times. I have heard "why is that fat girl on that horse she's going to break his back", "you are too fat to jump", or "you need a bigger horse". However, I don't let them get me down. I still hold on to my dreams just as well as they do. I am a size 18 I am 220 pounds and I am perfectly fine with my weight! I ride a 15.2hh gelding who carries my butt around a cross country course just fine! I boarded my horse at a barn for 2 years and I would always wait until late at night when I knew nobody would be there so I could ride my horse without the girls snickering or making rude comments. I put my heart and soul into riding. When the next show came around we took home the champion ribbon and beat all the other girls! Sure it didn't make the comments stop but it showed just how serious I was about riding and it showed them that I didn't let their comments get to me. I ended up leaving that barn and now I am at a better barn where I am accepted for who I am and I am taken seriously as a rider.
Ya know what? Not only am I plus sized, I'm an OLD plus sized rider. I've earned every scar, every wrinkle and every single pound. I will ride circles around most people and I'll ride longer because I've been at it longer and I know how. I have great horses and we enjoy each other a lot.

So, let 'em snicker, it doesn't improve their riding one bit, but it HAS improved yours because you got down to it and did your work!
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post #7 of 28 Old 06-22-2013, 12:59 PM
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Reckyroo, offer to help with barn chores. Nothing like mucking stalls to put muscle on you and tone your body. Moving hay bales helps too. You may not wind up svelt but at least you'll be toned.
We have our own field so i'm on my own with my 2 horses - but I am in the process of getting rid of and relocating a big big pile of horse poo so watch this space........
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post #8 of 28 Old 06-23-2013, 01:24 PM
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A heavier rider with a good seat is generally MUCH easier on a horse's back than a lighter one who flops around. Don't let the floppy riders get you down!

But really though, bully for you. Weight doesn't really make a difference in your riding ability, and a lot of people try to put it down just to make themselves feel better. Glad you're not letting them get to you!
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post #9 of 28 Old 06-23-2013, 03:04 PM
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WOW!!! Great for you. I am also plus size, but am not currently riding due to injuries (not from a horse). It's funny how sizes go. I am 5"2", weigh 202, and wear a size 22. I am also 61 years old. Just finding this site and talking to horsey people has helped me tremendously. I live in TX, and ride western. Good Luck!!
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post #10 of 28 Old 06-23-2013, 04:09 PM
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I just want to know how many of you have been outcasted or made fun of by other riders? I've been through it so many times. I have heard "why is that fat girl on that horse she's going to break his back", "you are too fat to jump", or "you need a bigger horse". However, I don't let them get me down. I still hold on to my dreams just as well as they do. I am a size 18 I am 220 pounds and I am perfectly fine with my weight! I ride a 15.2hh gelding who carries my butt around a cross country course just fine! I boarded my horse at a barn for 2 years and I would always wait until late at night when I knew nobody would be there so I could ride my horse without the girls snickering or making rude comments. I put my heart and soul into riding. When the next show came around we took home the champion ribbon and beat all the other girls! Sure it didn't make the comments stop but it showed just how serious I was about riding and it showed them that I didn't let their comments get to me. I ended up leaving that barn and now I am at a better barn where I am accepted for who I am and I am taken seriously as a rider.


I am curious as to how tall you are? I used to ride a 15 hand horse and felt HUGE on her. Everyone assured me that I wasn't. It had nothing to do with weight, as I was very thin but my height was always more of an issue for me. I have seen several very large riders on horses and thought nothing of it if they rode well. I have also seen a few larger riders that were so off balance I felt bad for the horse. I think the fact that you are a skilled rider makes all the difference in the world and you do not look too big on the horse pictured. IMO
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