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post #11 of 16 Old 03-08-2012, 10:56 PM
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Congratulations on that weight loss - well done!!! Now, for the reward - get thy self to the barn and ride!!!

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post #12 of 16 Old 03-09-2012, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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I just wanted to say thank you for everyone. Yesterday evening I went out and bought myself a pair of boots at the feed & tack store and I e-mailed a gal about lessons. Hoping I can get one tomorrow!
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post #13 of 16 Old 03-10-2012, 08:21 AM
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Kudos to you for slimming down, and moving closer to your goals!
For what it's worth, i read this morning about the "gubmint" acid test for obesity, and how they "objectively" calculate it.
I have no idea what bonehead came up with those figures, but i suspect copious amounts of hallucinogenics were involved!
I am 6'4", 275#. Yeah, i'm getting a little soft in the middle these days, but i still ride!
My horse is 16.2 h, wide as a bus, and tips the scales at about 1300#.
She wasnt the easiest horse to find, but through a dedicated effort, a lot of prayer, and divine intervention, we found each other.
So, my suggestion to you is this- search your soul and determine how much you want this to happen.
It sounds to me like you want it like my dogs want treats (they'll go THROUGH anything not bolted down or armor plated) and thats exactly where you want to be on the emotional side of things.
I believe that your riding opportunity is out there, you just havent found the right one yet.
Keep after it! KNOW in your heart that you WILL HAVE IT!
BELIEVE that you can attain it!
PERSIST on getting it!
And if that doesn't get you where you want to be, call me. Come visit us, and my girlfriend will give you some lessons on my horse.
She has taught english, dressage, and western pleasure, and helps keep me on the straight and narrow with my horse!

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post #14 of 16 Old 11-05-2012, 11:42 AM
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I wouldn't be worried about it AT ALL I'm 45, and started riding 4 months ago weighing 232. I'm now down to 200, and dropping.

I was very aware my weight was trouble, but my trainers worked with me, giving me the right horse.

The way I see it - riding changed my life by giving me a positive goal, and hard exercise that is fun. The biggest hurdle in weight loss and getting back in shape is feeling hopeless .. I fight this all the time.
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post #15 of 16 Old 11-11-2012, 10:38 PM
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I realize this is an older thread, and I will go check out if you've posted elsewhere since this with updates, lesson progress, etc...(I hope, I hope!!) But, in case you haven't I am also writing this for others to read!

I am a Shorty, big time (5'2") and VERY muscular, though I have EASILY GOT 30#s of fat to lose despite that to be at my very fittest...I currently am at 158-161 and should not (for me) be more than 130#.

Nonetheless I ride weekly and when asking my trainer about this the first day we met, (my concerns being a "heavier rider") & whether she was comfortable with me riding her dressage horses--she has no "schoolhorses", they are her show & pleasure horses, she explained to me that each had been vet checked for her 240#, upper level riding daughter, and all passed...otherwise, she explained, she would not have purchased any of the six.

I am fully aware that riding as a heavier person is a whole different ballgame when you ride WELL and can carry yourself in a balanced, non-jarring manner, vs. being a newbie and flailing all over the place on a horse's back with excess weight. Thus, I KNEW I'd better EITHER GET DARN good and balanced, with a strong core and gentle, soft movement all around OR DROP THE 30# FAST!!
I focused mainly on #1 and whaddya know? #2 is happening at the same time!

At my barn we have a woman who was 400#s and was not nearly fit enough to ride per her own, likely correct assessment . That did NOT STOP HER, though!! What she did was started working the barn....mucking one stall a day, then two, then bathing horses, etc...by the time she had lost 100#s, she was still considered "heavy" @ 300#s, but she was MORE than fit enough cardiovascularly, musculature-wise, and most importantly in her case, she was then MENTALLY READY.

She eventually bought a GORGEOUS, bomb-proof FULL Clydesdale and began taking lessons on this 19hh, 1800# monster! He was what SHE HAD ALWAYS wanted, and they are a phenomenally GORGEOUS PAIR riding along!

She rides dressage, and it takes an exceptional degree of fitness & core strength to post OR SIT his trot and sit his canter-- a horse with his sized stride! Not to mention basic STRENGTH simply to move him forward, leg yield, etc!

I couldn't ride him without a TON of work to adjust to having all that size and power beneath me! Huge kudos to her! She is now even slimmer @ 250#s and her horse completely dwarfs her! (He's SUCH A LOVE and extremely kind and giving as a mount)...if I can one day own more than one horse, my goal is to own an Arab-type cross jumper, whom I can also do light endurance on, AND a draft for an all around pleasure horse & for my husband to ride with me--not because he needs the size (@ only 180#s), but simply because we both really love the drafties and their amazing personalities!...

Sorry to go off on a tangent! Yikes, signing off now and hoping to see more from Sassaflash!
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post #16 of 16 Old 11-11-2012, 10:45 PM
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Oh honey please don't let that hold you back!!! I'm 5'5" and weigh in around 260. My 15 hand horse does an amazing job with me and I have never been told I couldn't ride. Most barns around here have a 250 lb limit but you are no where near that. Please please please get up there and ride your little heart out!! Congratulations on your weight loss!!! I'm currently on the journey with Weight Watchers.
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