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    01-13-2012, 11:35 AM
Size Friendly Barns/ Lessons in your area?!

Hello everyone!!

I am doing research for an article that I am writing on size friendly barns, lesson programs, etc...I am in the priliminary stages of writing this article and right now I am trying to compile a database for plus size friendly programs including: Trainers, intructors, lesson programs, barn, etc...

If anyone knows of any plus size friendly barns, instructors, lesson programs, trainers, or otherwise, PLEASE let me know. Please also indicate whether the instructor/barn provides appropriate size mounts, or whether the rider is to provide thier own plus size friendly mount. You can reply to the thread, or email me at with info.

Thanks in advance!
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    01-17-2012, 02:16 PM
What area(s) are you compiling this for?

In Fargo, ND the barn I'm at doesn't discriminate.
    01-18-2012, 01:19 AM
Agreed need to know what area you are looking at.. I know being a plus sized rider it was hard to find lessons in my area.. lot of h/j barns and places with really low weight limits I couldnt get even if I dieted.. and Im not as heavy as I once was.. finally put up an ad on internet and someone answered it and I am taking lessons on their horse
    01-18-2012, 08:49 AM
Oh yay! Have fun
    01-24-2012, 02:58 PM
I am compiling a data base for USA, Canada, and the UK.

If you know of a size friendly lesson program or instructor from anywhere I would love it if you would share the information with me.

Thanks in advance.
    01-24-2012, 09:04 PM
A lot of places have hidden weight limits. I once saw a place refuse to continue training a girl because she'd gained weight but she still weighed less then I do. She was just shorter so she looked bigger.

Now that I have my own horse I don't even bother asking. I look pretty balanced on my horse so people don't say anything. It's don't ask don't tell about my weight.
    01-24-2012, 09:07 PM
If a person has their own horse, no barn or coach is going to refuse them? No? Yes? If so, that's flat out discrimination and they could be sued.
    01-24-2012, 09:09 PM
Waresbear-- I've heard of it happening on grounds that training them would be animal abuse. I totally don't agree with that logic but...
    01-24-2012, 09:45 PM
That's ridiculous, unless the person owns a wee pony, most horses can carry a larger person without problems.
    01-24-2012, 09:55 PM
Originally Posted by waresbear    
That's ridiculous, unless the person owns a wee pony, most horses can carry a larger person without problems.
tell that to some barns for me please.. im like 250 and you should hear some of the responses I hear looking for lessons.. I have found some... but geez some people need to be

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