Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Ontario, Canada
She's beautiful! Looks just like my friend's horse :)
For the respect/bringing back into work situation, round pen sessions seem like they'd be a good place to start. It'll give you a chance to put her through some mild exercise, and bond with her even more. I also strongly agree with the suggestion of having a more experienced rider come out and make sure all her brains are still there. Sometimes horses lose them over time lol.
I don't think you're too heavy for her, she looks like she's got a nice solid build to her :)
Try not to think of it as "weight loss" either. Think of it as getting healthier. There's a lot more to it then just losing weight! You can weigh a little more, and still be a more fit rider than a "skinny" person. It's all about the quality of your riding, and your fitness level :)
As for exercises, try starting out on YouTube. There's great yoga routines on there for getting into a work out routine. Also, a barn habit I've picked up from a "skinny" rider friend, is carrying a bucket of water around with me while I'm at the barn (walking too and from paddocks, graining, mucking - stored outside the stall while actual mucking is taking place, watering, checking fences, trips to the mailbox, hand walking some of our senior horses etc). When I started, I only filled it up about half way, but have been gradually adding more; obviously, not safe to do while riding :p
Congratulations on your gorgeous new mare, and please keep us posted on your progress! :)
A horse is the projection of peoples' dreams about themselves - strong, powerful, beautiful - and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.