Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Ontario, Canada
I realize that I'm a bigger rider, however I didn't need some strange woman coming into my barn, telling me that despite all the precautions I take to ensure that my horse is as comfortable and happy as possible (and trust me, he's no skinny minnie either), so that riding him will cause him no physical strain - that I'm just too fat to ride him.
And hey, you know what, I am fat, and I know that. I'm doing something about it. But what if it had been a medical condition? What if I had already lost 100lbs, and was continuing on my weight loss journey, and this was the first time I'd been able to ride a horse in years?
I don't care if I was the size of an elephant, she saw how perfectly healthy the horse is, how easily he accepted my weight on his back, and the fact that he was not burdened by me in any way.
Bottom line, it was disrespectful. She cannot come into my peaceful area of zen, and say things like that to me, expecting to gain use of something that is very near and dear to my heart. She was out of line, it is not acceptable to comment on anyone's weight.
A horse is the projection of peoples' dreams about themselves - strong, powerful, beautiful - and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.