Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
I weigh 220lbs and ride a 15.2h mare. I dont think it matters so much is my western gaming because while I will admit Im one of the heaviest at most shows I go to, Im proportionate to my own body and my horse. There's one girl that absolutely hates me for no good reason (I think she knows Im better than she is and she puts me in situations where she knows the green/problem horses I ride and show will do something naughty. She looks bigger than me, but I'll bet she weighs less, but she'll put herself on anything and band-aid the problems..so she's the big teen trainer around here. I take longer to get my horses is show condition and ready to place, but I dont band-aid like she does..and I think that's the only reason she makes remarks about my weight/size/horses.
When I go to a show, I have no problem going into halter/showmanship because my skills show more than my weight to most judges. While I placed dead last the past year with ST in showmanship, I can confidently say it wasnt my weight, but the fact that she didnt want to stand nicely lined up and it was my first time..and I was forced to go in a pink nylon halter because we forgot the other leather halter, lol.
So..depending on how your community is in general, I wouldn't be worried about your weight unless you're trying to ride a tiny pony, haha. No one says anything to me about my weight, and no one says anything to a friend about the fact that height-wise he needs about 2 hands added to his pony's height, lol. His pony will clean up the gaming classes with him, but wont even place with a lighter/shorter rider. It all has to do with how you ride, not height or weight in our gaming shows..
A lot of reiners are "too tall" for the ponies and small horses that they show, but by how they ride, they can get away without it even being noticed. I dont think it'd be too different if you ride well and have a nice turnout with a decent horse being a heavier rider.
As long as you dont talk about other people, people are less likely to not even pay any attention to what you're doing, Ive noticed. The people I do talk about, I talk about because they've said such about me. My horse is crazy because she wont trot a straight line after standing with her buddies (awhile ago)? That's cool..because at least she isnt throwing a bucking fit my whole barrel pattern like your "sane horse". Well..at least that comment wasnt about my weight, eh? Haha.
Anywho though, good luck showing! I think it's a blast (even a never-ending money pit for me at the moment lol), and Im sure you will too. (:
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