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        08-11-2012, 10:37 AM
      #21
    Yearling
    Andieve,

    I'm constantly battling my weight and since I'm an old Hag, it does NOT want to shift easily! LOL What I've found really useful is the Wii Fit program. It will track your progress in weight AND fitness, and it's fun. I find it really useful for balance, core strength, and stamina. It REALLY provides a workout....and it keeps me moving instead of sitting on the couch watching TV in the evening.

    Many years ago when I began riding, I was REALLY concerned about my weight and my trainer brushed aside my worries saying that there was a rider at the barn who had recently bought her first horse to celebrate getting DOWN to 300lbs. She bought a BIG, substantial horse and as far as I know she rode it into its mid to late 20s. She also dropped a lot of weight over the years!

    Good luck!
         
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        08-12-2012, 03:42 AM
      #22
    Foal
    you need to move to california....

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    I am in Nebraska. I've called a ton of places already because my daughter is getting into riding as well....no luck yet. I willl keep looking and start a weight loss regimein in the meantime :)
    There is a woman here who prefers to lease her horses out to heavy riders, a whole bunch of them get together and hang out. I would be interested but I am happy at the barn where I currently ride.

    Good luck with your search, just start cold calling places. I weigh about 230 and I started calling places worried that I would be too heavy (even the snotty english stable) and to my surprise everyone returned my call and wanted me to come out and try a test ride.

    I honestly think weight only is a part of the factor, I know I have good balance, a quiet seat and quiet hands.....I have never had a horse get tired on me.
         
        09-03-2012, 03:35 AM
      #23
    Foal
    I weigh as much as you do and I have struggled to find people who would even let me touch their horse. They look at me as if Im to crush it as soon as I sit down. Don't let them get you down, keep looking because there are people out there who will let you ride and will see you as a great horse-loving person. I ride a hafliger/QH cross and she is 14.1 but has huge bone and feet. She carries me just fine and dandy. Keep your chin up
         
        09-03-2012, 03:58 AM
      #24
    Yearling
    I didn't read this whole thread, because I'm in dire need of sleep..

    But I just wanted to point out that it's a common mistake for people to think drafts can carry a heavier rider easier. If anything, it may be worse for a draft seeing as how they are bred with pulling and not riding in mind. (usually) so they tend to have a weaker back sometimes which is pretty important. A shorter compact back is what you should look for. Good luck!
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        09-06-2012, 01:36 PM
      #25
    Foal
    I'm new to the forum and a plus size rider, but wanted to give you some hope.

    After being around horses/ponies for most of my life I took a 8 year hiatis due to having my daughter. I balloned up to 325lbs and I'm 5'9". I stumbled across an ad for a free horse I contacted them and went to see a stunning 16.3 appendix/quarter horse with navicular.
    He originally was for my daughter, but something about him made me want to ride him. I was down to 300 by then and took it slow. Rex was the best horse in the world. He had no problems carrying me at 300lbs on 3 hour hunterpaces NO JUMPING. Me riding him never effected his narvicular as long as he had his shoes on. He never tired out, he was never lame, no back or leg issues. I had that crazy horse since he was 14 and just this April was put to sleep at 25. His body just started shutting down.

    I'm down to 270 and currently ride a 15.3 Saddlebred and 13.3 Haflinger and in a few years will be riding the Haffie's daughter who is a Haffie/Gypsy cross. Both of my girls have no issues carrying me around at all. As a matter of fact my Saddlebred gets mad when we are done riding. She will pick up the bridle and hold it in her mouth.

    Another thought maybe if you are not 100% comfortable riding yet or can not find a farm to ride at, how about driving? I also drive my Haffie so much fun.
         
        09-06-2012, 09:58 PM
      #26
    Yearling
    Andieve, I'm in Nebraska as well, if you want, send me a PM & let me know where you are. Maybe I can help give you some places to try
         
        09-07-2012, 06:01 PM
      #27
    Yearling
    Good news! I talked to my instructor & she said you are more than welcome at our barn. She said there are a couple of horses that you can ride, no problem. I will PM you her info tonight when I get off work
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        09-07-2012, 06:04 PM
      #28
    Foal
    Seriously??? Did you tell her I'm sitting just a smidge below 300lbs??? If she thinks she has horses that can handle me that would be amazing!
    You rock Littrella! :)
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        09-07-2012, 11:10 PM
      #29
    Yearling
    I told her exactly what you had posted on here & she said, no problem
         
        09-08-2012, 03:12 PM
      #30
    Foal
    There are several barns in my area that have no issues with weight - I think they are less rare than we tend to think they are. There is a great list of weight friendly barns compiled at EighteenHands ~ THE LIST (US) too!
         

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