Originally Posted by TheLauren
It was so exciting for my instructor to mention that I should show this coming spring season. It then occurred to me that being fat in a world of notoriously thin people could be difficult.
How much will being fat affect my experience? Should I expect rude remarks, bad scores, looks of derision?
I realize that every person is different, and that there are plenty of wonderful and non-judgmental people out there, but I also know that people believe fat people shouldn't be on horses.
I'm really excited to show, but I want to mentally prepare myself.
Lauren, pretty is as pretty does. Take your riding clothes to a tailor or even some dry cleaners will do this. Have your riding clothes professionally fitted to your body. This will allow the coat to break properly along the saddle, not gap in front and give you a smooth look. There are tricks to keeping your shirt tucked and you can google these. If your discipline permits, monogram your collar or the cuff of your shirt. Make sure your hair is pulled back and tidy. Only earrings should be small pearls or gold balls. When it comes to boots, I take them to a cobbler. For a few dollars they can make even old boots shine like glass.
As for horse and tack - begin early. Deep clean your tack and polish all medal on a regular basis. Keep a favorite saddle pad strictly for shows so it's bright.
It is my belief a horse should always look as though they are going to a show; socks clean, face and legs clipped and a healthy shine to the coat. No cheating! A beautiful coat comes from hard, regular grooming.
Never let your weight affect your love of the sport. Everyone has their day in the sun and this is yours! Ride like the winner you are. :)
(Advice provided by an old horseshow mom)
Oh, and don't forget to take safety pins for your number, an extra set of gloves, reins, stirrup leathers, a stain stick and lint brush. See if you can recruit someone to stand ringside to give your boots and horse's bit a final wipe. Now go shine!!! Posted via Mobile Device