My name is Melanie, I am an overweight teenager (15). (Not reveling that yet) I have been riding for around 2 years of consistent riding, and 3 years of riding in all.
I have been in love with a paint mare for around 2 years. Before I bought her she was being kept at a barn close enough that I could bike to it in around 20 minutes. She was pretty much my therapy horse. She was there for me ever time I needed her. After 2 long years of waiting and being scared half to death that when I got there one day she would not be there, I had the privilege of buying her.
I didn't realize how much work she needed before I bought her. When I first moved her she did not have respect for people, and terrible ground-manners. Now that I have been working with her she has improved A LOT since I bought her around 2 months ago. Where she was before I could not take her out of the pasture that she was in, so I never really got the chance to work with her. Now I take her out all the time into the field - Which I won't be able to do this winter. :( She had not been ridden since a little bit before I started going to see her. She accepted the saddle, saddle pad, bit, and bridle EXTREMELY well! I actually got on her back last week which a lot of people would say that I should not have.
She is a 15h Quarter Horse Paint. She is around 800-900 pounds, and is 17 years young.
Well I'm done with my rant now on the the questions.
1. What tips for groundwork and respect do you guys have that you could give me!
2. What would you do to retrain a horse for riding?
3. Am I to large for her?
4.Weight loss tips from one rider to another!