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        09-13-2013, 01:16 PM
      #41
    Weanling
    I could mount from the ground if I HAD to, but I always use a mounting block at home. On trail rides I try to find a stump, downed tree or hole to stand my horse in before dismounting. I'm heavier than I should be, but my major issue is bad knees. IMO, mounting from the ground is HIGHLY over rated, lol.
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        09-21-2013, 06:18 PM
      #42
    Foal
    Dear OP,
    I am new to this thread and somewhat to riding.
    I am 5'5" and currently 243. My doctor says I need to get the weight off. I am trying also. I was at 260 last year. I have had the up and down weight thing too.

    I started off taking riding lessons Dec 2012. I stepped that up to leasing a horse the end of June this year. He is an experienced and great 19yo 14.3 Arabian gelding. He does not seem to care about my weight.

    I mount from a block as well. I probably will 95% of the time because of all the cons to mounting from the ground. Right now I can't mount from the ground but I know that even when I can I wont routinely.

    This thread brought tears to my eyes and made me feel so good from what you had to say and all that others said.

    I also struggle with confidence issues. On the back of my lesson horse I had never been happier and will happily got up early every Saturday morning to go. I am not a morning person so that is actually a big deal for me. Now my horse that I lease is a little different. He can be stubborn but we have been working on our bond and respect. I could spend hours just grooming him and talking to him.

    I thank you and all the others so much for this thread. I know you were helping her but you helped me too.

    I pray that you work everything out and that you get to continue to have that blissful joy that you feel when interacting with a horse. They truly are one of God's majestic creatures!
         
        09-21-2013, 08:36 PM
      #43
    Yearling
    Are you in a western saddle? My instructor will NOT let students mount from the ground, especially her western schooling horses. And since moving to English I am thankful for the mounting block. Using a mounting block does not twist the saddle and prevents you from stretching your stirrup straps.

    I have met lots of people who always mount from a block. No shame in it I say

    Congrats on riding.

    I was 46 the year I bought my first horse after a childhood of dreams. It can be frustrating being this age and starting out. Your body will get sore much faster and stay achy longer than if you were 15. And, after being very accomplished at my career and other aspects of my life, it is humbling (and yes, infuriating) not to be able to remember to open my hips, close my hands, and breathe while trying to learn to post. (I mean, really. I deliver projects valued over $1m and I can't remember to close my hands????)

    Take it slowly. I realized that grooming sessions, horse baths, brushing out manes and tails, and just watching the methodic chewing of hay is just as rewarding as riding. Sometimes I go to the barn just to touch and check and spend time without ever saddling up.

    As you build your strength in the saddle, maybe these moments will be just as satisfying for you also.
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        09-21-2013, 09:10 PM
      #44
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    Originally Posted by mrstorres2566    
    Where I ride EVERYONE uses a mounting block. Even the teeny tiny teenage girls.

    Also, I ride a 16 hh appaloosa gelding, I weigh 250 lbs (give or take a few pounds), and I swear he hardly knows I am there. Last week a 265 lb woman trail rode him for an hour, even cantered him, and he didn't blink an eye. As long as you are riding a stocky horse like a QH or an Appy with a short back, you should be fine.

    This discussion about weight and hrose has gone on and one. I don't want to seem contrary, but weight DOES matter. When a person is pushing 265, it will affect the horse. Not necessarily if they ride once, but there are a lot of variables; the skill of the rider in carrying their own weight is #1. The fitness level of the horse #2 the size /weight and bone structure on the horse#3 and the terrain.
    You must be more considerate of all of these as your weight edges up above 220 or so. Don't be discouraged, but don't fool yourself at the expense of your horse.
         
        09-22-2013, 07:35 PM
      #45
    Yearling
    Dark Horse, I want to share my story with you because we share some similarities.

    I had ponies and horses from 5-16 years old, then spent almost 30 years longing to ride again, but I could neither afford the time or the dollars for horses as I raised my children. When my youngest left home a few years ago, I had a horse of my own within a month. Empty Nest Syndrome I am sure!

    Just 3 weeks after getting my horse, I was in a motorcycle accident that crushed my lower right side. Your injuries sound much like mine! Pelvis, femur, tibia, fibula, and many bones in the foot and toes were just shattered into many pieces.

    It took me months to get back on my feet, and more than 40 hours of surgery to graft bone, muscle and skin. During my months of recovery, I visited my horse, and started working with her from the ground. We did Clinton Anderson groundwork, me on crutches and canes, and we both benefitted from those exercises.

    I also found, however, that riding, when I was finally allowed to ride, was very helpful for my hip pain. Something about the motion helps release the tightness in my right hip joint. My PT noticed it right away and encouraged me to ride at least 3 times a week to improve my progress.

    My right leg is heavy and hard to use for cues. My foot slips out of the right stirrup quite a bit. I use a dropping (EZ UP)stirrup on my western saddle to help me mount from the ground, but most of the time, I mount from a step or fence or stump. Whatever I can find. I also like to ride bareback most of the time because it feels more natural for my position.

    I want to tell you that riding feels great for me and I feel lucky to be able to ride. In the hospital, we were anticipating amputation of my right leg, so every time I ride I feel lucky to have that leg there, even if feels like dead weight most of the time.

    I used to do distance running and hiking, and can't do that anymore because the bottom of my right foot has no padding. I miss that, but I still have riding. I can ride my horse through the mountains and still cross the miles on her back. I am so grateful for that!

    Jump in! Ride! Spend time with horses, while you can and while it feels good for you. You may wake up one day unable to and regret not doing it while you could. I am glad I got the years of running and hiking while I could.

    One thing I remind myself is that, like any exercise, I will be sore afterward and not be too quick to blame my injuries. I limp more after a good long ride, but that is just because my muscles are tired, not injured.

    Remember, it was long ago that you heard you could not ride. Medicine is much more aware of how movement is super beneficial to the body, even an injured body. I would visit a Physical Therapist and get advice about riding for you, even ask him or her to recommend exercises to strengthen the muscles you will need for balance.

    I cannot tell you enough, how glad I am that I ride. It has been 3 years since my accident and through all of it, my horses have helped me get stronger and stronger. I think someday, you will look back and realize that horses were the best thing you ever did for yourself!
         
        09-24-2013, 02:55 AM
      #46
    Yearling
    Hi there adarkhorse I really enjoyed reading your post. I am so glad that you were able to gird your loins and get on the horse. Please don't give up before you have started, if you have a true passion for horses and horse riding - and it seems like you do, then get to it!

    However and on the other hand, I do think you would be happier and more confident if you lost weight. I think horse riding could be just the catalyst you need for positive change. Please do not think that I am suggesting that you stay off a horse until you lose weight, I really aren't. I am speaking from my own experience as a reformed fatty. I weighed 115kg and am now 70kg and I have to say that my life is whole different experience.

    Horse riding is a whole new world - for both my horse and I. There are so many things that are different with my horse, I mount from the ground on both sides for a start. We have started jumping (for a 3/4 draft my Phoenix is a VERY handy jumper) and most important of all my Knees Don't Hurt Anymore when I ride!! It had got to the stage when I was heavier that any longer than 2 hours in the saddle just killed my knees. My theory is that without all the extra inches of flab forcing my legs wider my knees are now in a more natural position and a lot of pressure has been relieved. So yay, no more pain!

    Do think about losing weight from the perspective of health and quality of life. I would imagine that with the physical issues that you have the less mass your joints and ligaments have to carry the better. I think of it like this: imagine the thinnest friend that you have, picture her getting up every morning and strapping a 40kg pack on her back and then setting about her daily business, going to work, cleaning house, chasing kids. How long do you think it would be before the physical effects of carrying that pack everyday start to show? In back problems, knee and hip problems? Best solution? Take the pack off.

    I really hope I don't sound smug or condescending because that is the last thing I want. I just think that for the sake of your happiness and future horse riding endeavours weight loss would be a very positive thing. I gotta say I am so much happier now than I ever was when I was over weight. I would love for everyone else to feel the same way.

    I am so glad that you have found your way back to horses, let them be the thing that kick starts you into a whole new phase of your life.
         
        09-24-2013, 08:10 AM
      #47
    Weanling
    Hi, I want to answer you with this video:


    I think you can surely enjoy horse riding.

    Lessons are very useful, but if you reach a limit, you don't have to renounce just because you cannot go forward. Some people spend time and money into the "right" horse, and then they enjoy quite trail rides or small exercises.

    I don't know if your body will let you to do competitions and difficult exercises, but you can be just as happy doing simple stuff, mounting with the block and all.
         

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