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        06-23-2013, 09:24 PM
      #11
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Inga    
    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
    I am 5'4" my horse is 15.2hh(:
         
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        06-28-2013, 04:13 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Good for you!

    I am just getting back into riding after a 20+ year break. Four kids, PCOS, fibromyalgia, low thyroid and valley fever, I was up to 255 pounds at one point. I managed to get down to 215 but gained 25 back after I went on an antidepressant when my mom died.

    I'm back down to 228 (thanks to two weeks of caring for my new horse :) ) and I have already experienced fat discrimination. The other day a vet told me that I'd be crazy to ride my 15.2hh, 1060# paint horse. Granted he's old, a little lame above a walk and needs to gain weight and muscle, but the general consensus has been that it'd be safe to ride him gently at a slow walk and gradually work him up to more and more exercise.

    To be honest, I haven't mounted him yet because I'm afraid people will be like, "Oh my G-d, she's going to crush him!"

    Trying to get up my confidence! You look great on your horse and at this point I'd be very happy to be your weight and level of fitness!
         
        06-29-2013, 01:31 AM
      #13
    Trained
    Wow you look good on your horse

    Keep it up
         
        06-29-2013, 01:33 AM
      #14
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by lilypoo    
    Good for you!

    I am just getting back into riding after a 20+ year break. Four kids, PCOS, fibromyalgia, low thyroid and valley fever, I was up to 255 pounds at one point. I managed to get down to 215 but gained 25 back after I went on an antidepressant when my mom died.

    I'm back down to 228 (thanks to two weeks of caring for my new horse :) ) and I have already experienced fat discrimination. The other day a vet told me that I'd be crazy to ride my 15.2hh, 1060# paint horse. Granted he's old, a little lame above a walk and needs to gain weight and muscle, but the general consensus has been that it'd be safe to ride him gently at a slow walk and gradually work him up to more and more exercise.

    To be honest, I haven't mounted him yet because I'm afraid people will be like, "Oh my G-d, she's going to crush him!"

    Trying to get up my confidence! You look great on your horse and at this point I'd be very happy to be your weight and level of fitness!

    Keep up the weight loss good luck
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        06-29-2013, 01:44 AM
      #15
    Foal
    Good on you! I am only just beginning to love my curves. I am very tall, about 5 foot 10, and I am certainly NOT a skinny Minnie. I used to HATE seeing everyone my age (20s) being fit, slender and gorgeous, and here I was, not only towering above them but also with my huge boobs, rolly tummy and tree-trunk thighs.

    Countless diets later, I gave up weighing myself. You know what? I feel so much better about myself. I'm learning to love my curves, including my big boobies and bum. Since I'm getting back into riding, I'm feeling my pants become a bit looser, but I'm still refusing to weigh myself ;)
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        06-29-2013, 01:57 AM
      #16
    Trained
    Hi all I have struggled with my weight all my life
    Had lost weight and gained weight
    The 1 picture is a 14:2 hh pinto pony and the other is a 16:2 hh Clyde QH
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        07-01-2013, 12:33 AM
      #17
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by lilypoo    
    Good for you!
    Four kids, PCOS, fibromyalgia, low thyroid and valley fever,!
    I also have PCOS and Hypothyroidism. I also have scoliosis which makes riding very painful and it makes me and him off balance.
         
        07-01-2013, 02:13 AM
      #18
    Trained
    I also have a weaker right side so I am off balance
         
        07-01-2013, 04:49 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    As long as the horse can handle the weight I don't always see an issue. I always tended to go for the more stout thoroughbred types..the toothpick skinny legs on some of them just give me the creeps. I am also very aware of my weight so make sure I am not on a horse that will have a problem. I do remember a lady, and I use the term loosely as she was an obnoxious witch, had a 15 hand mare and tipped the scales easily to or even above 300 pounds; this was at a barn I boarded at with my very first horse...over 30 years ago now. Anyway, the mare was tiny, half arab, half thoroughbred yet this woman mounted and jumped her 3 feet..the mare had springs let me tell you and plenty of strength to get this woman around who was bouncing all over her. How the woman managed to stay on is still a mystery but that mare was golden for her. Just as an example of this woman, the mare caught her nose on a nail or board and tore it a good three inches. Instead of calling out a vet to stitch it, she "repaired" it by using paperclips and cellophane tape. Needless to say the nose healed all right eventually but it didn't knit back together. The mare had a split.
         
        07-01-2013, 04:50 PM
      #20
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Reckyroo    
    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.
    I've heard that as well from many trainers.
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