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post #21 of 41 Old 01-09-2012, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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Seriously. Lol.

Mine goes something along the lines of "Ugh, I'm gross, look at how I jiggle, time for a new diet!! Is that chocolate? I love chocolate! But it makes me jiggle. Some guys like jiggle right? One peice.....NO! You can barely mount your ****ed horse from the ground!!! It's not really the chocolates fault......"

I totally burst out laughing at work! My co-workers think im nuts.. You guys are great :) . She's going to join the forum, but at the moment she's not ready to talk about her issues, but she will read through the forums.
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post #22 of 41 Old 01-09-2012, 02:33 PM
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Thats great she's going to join! She can talk about them whenever she feels ready or not at all. I just hope we can give her the confidence to ride again!!
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post #23 of 41 Old 01-09-2012, 02:48 PM
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I'm so glad that she is going to join and read, there are lots of pics that us big girls have shared of ourselves riding, I hope they reassure her that she can give it a go.

Just to add some thoughts, and maybe some of the others will back me up here...

As a big person you just know that when you put your foot in the stirrup you will either

A) make the horse fall over

B) Pull the saddle right round under the horses stomach.

While A is unlikely, B remains a possibility, especially if you like me ride horses that weren't blessed with withers

To assist with the mounting it is beneficial to both horse and rider to have a good solid block to mount from, no not an upturned bucket, but something stable that we know will give us a firm platform.

You should ask her if she is more comfortable having one or two people around the first time she mounts, I had my son holding the horse, and hubby holding the off stirrup and being ready to support me.

If she used to ride at a lighter weight she needs to be prepared for the fact it will feel different, there is a moment when you feel that this is a scary and foreign place to be, but then everything kind of falls into place again.

I was going to say that any of the plus sized crowd would be only to happy to chat by pm if she doesn't feel comfortable sharing on the main board, but I think you have to have a minimum number of posts before the pm thing will work.
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And remind her that there is no shame in taking it nice and slow, LOL. The first time I got back on a horse, I literally walked in a circle for 30 minutes -- probably did that the first three times! It takes a bit of time to readjust to riding again, especially if you used to ride at a different weight.

I'm betting that once she tries it again, she won't want to stop!
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I totally burst out laughing at work! My co-workers think im nuts.. You guys are great :) . She's going to join the forum, but at the moment she's not ready to talk about her issues, but she will read through the forums.
Fantastic! When I joined I did tons of reading and getting a feel for the place before I posted, now I'm an addict and probably post too much

Even if she's not ready to talk about her issues, we're glad to have her here and she will definitely have a support system if and when she is ready.

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post #26 of 41 Old 01-09-2012, 05:29 PM
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I'm so glad that she is going to join and read, there are lots of pics that us big girls have shared of ourselves riding, I hope they reassure her that she can give it a go.
I for one will help anyway possible!
Just to add some thoughts, and maybe some of the others will back me up here...

As a big person you just know that when you put your foot in the stirrup you will either

A) make the horse fall over
It sure does feel that way sometimes, especially on a horse you're not used to!

B) Pull the saddle right round under the horses stomach.

While A is unlikely, B remains a possibility, especially if you like me ride horses that weren't blessed with withers
Or forget to tighten the cinch after getting off to retreive the cap that flew off while running through the field! Then end up fallin right on your ars because of it.....nope never happened to me lol
On a side note...reading everyone's posts' I think it is great how everyone pulls together here to help one another. Its crazy stupid how in alot of barns there are the cliqs (sp) and those needing the help never get it because of those who are too good to assist others.
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post #27 of 41 Old 01-10-2012, 08:31 AM
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Honey, if I can do it, your friend can. I am probably by far the heaviest rider on this forum - seriously. I'm down a bit from where I was, but at one point I weighed 305. My mare isn't especially tanky - she's actually rather fine legged. But - she has a short back and very deep loin and when I finally listened to others - specifically a professional trainer - that told me she could carry me, I tried riding her the first time last March.

She didn't appreciate it - she hadn't been ridden in several years and was still a bit under weight and under muscled - but she had no real problem. That first ride was very short - only about 15 minutes, and was only at a walk. The first 3 - 4 minutes, I felt very wobbly, and it showed in the video my daughter shot. (It didn't help that the saddle I used came nowhere near fitting me!) After that, I found my balance, and Dancer's attitude changed. It was wonderful!

We went on a trail ride in June - Dancer had no trouble carrying my fat backside and kept pace with the hyper Paso Finos that were leading our group. I would have preferred a slower pace, but Dancer dropped into a lovely (and suprising) shuffling gait and just kept on trucking.

I pushed us both just a little too far that day. Dancer showed no ill effects, but I was another story. But, I'm ready to do it again!
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Well! she did join and read all the threads.. her user name is sleepythunder but.. she decided that she wants to try riding in the spring with me!! FINALLY!
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Well! she did join and read all the threads.. her user name is sleepythunder but.. she decided that she wants to try riding in the spring with me!! FINALLY!
That's great! Welcome to the forum sleepythunder!

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