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post #1 of 119 Old 09-14-2011, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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What is it like in your boots?-experiences as a plus size rider

Hello all!!

I am a plus size woman and I am SO EXCITED to see a forum deditacted strictly to us "fluffy" riders! As a plus size rider I find that the equestrian world can be less than supportive of us at time, and resources are few and far in between. It's time we all ban together to form a "Big Girl Cowgirl Club" and let the world know that we are here, and that we aren't going anywhere!

My question for all of you is:

Are you embraced by your fellow riders, or do you feel judged by your size? Do you have a particularly good or bad experience as a plus sized rider? What is it like to be in your boots?

I'll go first...

I'm 5'10 and I weight 260 pounds. I'm very lucky because I have a strong and supportive Cowgirl Club behind me every step of the way. I do find being a bigger girl and a rider difficult because it's hard to find things that come in my size, especially english apparel and saddles. It took me 16 MONTHS to find my 19" saddle, how RIDICULOUS!? And one time, while talking about trail riding with my arab a woman said to me "YOU ride an ARAB?!?!?!" in a SHOCKED and disgusted tone. It was embarassing, but believe me when I tell you I put her right back in her place (In the nicest way possible, of course). Now I may never jump 6" fences or ride the Kentucky Derby, but I have a good seat and I am responsible, educated, and aware of my horses health. I deserve to me up in that saddle as much as all those skinny chicks out there!


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post #2 of 119 Old 09-14-2011, 11:48 PM
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I am 5' 4 and 200lbs. I have never once felt discriiminated against. I carry my weight pretty darn well and don't feel that the 16 hh Appy I ride has any problem carrying me.
My friends always tell me I am not fat, but I tell them , yes, I am. That's just a fact. It's not self pity or denegration. Just a fact. And I have to explain to them that it does affect me sometimes, in what fits me and such. I jokingly call my giant "muffin top", that has it's own posting rythm, my "evil twin"! It has a life of its' own. I don't draw too much attention to my size and my friends care not one whit if I am large or small. Aren't they the best?

But, there is NO denying that being overweight, especiallly with belly fat, makes it harder to have good balance . It's just physics. it makes my center of gravity higher and less stable. I try to counter that by really keeping my core muscles engaged and sitting up straight, but I also know that I would be a better rider if I were 50 lbs lighter. Them's the facts, ma'am.

However, I think this is a neat idea for a great forum and I am glad to be able to share here.
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post #3 of 119 Old 09-15-2011, 01:26 AM
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Yeah, A place for me.

I'm Golden and I am a plus size rider, on a roller coaster, 3 years ago was 5'9" and at 316 pounds a horse watcher rather than a rider.

Last year still the same height and 170 pounds, whoopee, normal (ish)

This year still the same height and currently 260 pounds, and trying to lose all over again.

What's it like, **** frustrating, and if you're me **** stupid, I felt better and rode better when I was lighter, and I'm sure that G Man preferred me lighter.


I'm actually a little proud of myself I'm out there competing still, I was so going to go and hide in the closet when the show clothes I so proudly bought last year wouldn't fit this year, but I sucked it up, and in, bought second hand big girls show clothes and carried on.

It's late and I'm tired, but I'll be back here for sure to share and hear everyone's stories
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post #4 of 119 Old 09-15-2011, 02:30 AM
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Personally, I am not a plus size rider I would be considered a Bantamweight more then anything. My boyfriend on the other hand would be a heavyweight being 210ish. So he's a bigger guy. I've gotten him on my Mayder a couple of times, and I keep trying to get him to ride more because its something him and I would be able to do together, as well as a good represent about bigger guys riding in our area rather then the skinny rednecks guys. Sad thing is...I think that boy has SO much potential for riding but him being allergic to hay and refuses to take any allergy stuff so he wont go out there he doesn't ride, enough to get to be really great. He had mayder trotting around extremely well for his first or second time riding andfirst time trotting.

Being a guy of horse he learned posting trot real quick And he's more triangle built where he has more muscle and bulk up top thenhe does in his legs so his hands were a tad heavy but he is a new rider so i'm hoping to get him out there more to improve his riding.
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post #5 of 119 Old 09-15-2011, 06:04 AM
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Hi everyone,

I am a plus sized rider here in the UK. I am currently on a weight management programme to help me lose it. I am 5 ft 7 and 250lbs. I ride in a 17 1/2 inch english saddle.

I am returning to riding after a break off many years. I currently plod around but as I lose my weight I want to long distance ride throughout the UK.

In the UK if you weigh over 10 stone you shouldn't be ridng. I am always point out that many male riders ie show jumpers and hunt master weigh considerably more than that and ride :)

I really struggled getting boots but since fuller filles I now have a lovely pair of long riding boots that fit like a glove.

Nice to meet you all :0)


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In the UK if you weigh over 10 stone you shouldn't be ridng.
Does that apply to the male riders. I am 5-11 and 96 kg about 220 pounds Does that make me a little on the large size for the horse. Or is that a female thing having a shot at each other. Not nice.

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Originally Posted by Stan View Post
In the UK if you weigh over 10 stone you shouldn't be ridng.
Does that apply to the male riders. I am 5-11 and 96 kg about 220 pounds Does that make me a little on the large size for the horse. Or is that a female thing having a shot at each other. Not nice.
Go into any tack shop and look at horses for loan, most say rider under 10 stone so much so that in the end I decided to buy my own.
I was hoping to loan initially for awhile.

I now own 6 of my own and the physical work involved to look after them all with my OH is shifting the weight :)
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I think this section is a great addition to the forum! While I'm not plus sized now technically I have been there. I've never been the skinny girl, I just don't have the body type to be. It's always been frustrating because I take after my dad's side & my sister my mom's, she is 5'2" and after 2 children and doing absolutely NOTHING she still weighs 105 dripping wet. I am 5'6" and about 160 now thanks to a ton of hard work- at my heaviest 5 years ago I was around 215. The goal is to lose 25 more lbs and get back into single digit pants.

My struggle is finding pants that fit right. I carry my weight in my hips, rear & thighs but am smaller in the waist than the size my badonk dictates. I have a ton of belts because to get pants to fit my butt they are always too big in the waist. I did get some new breeches to school in and was so happy with the fit! I ordered a pair by tuffrider that was created with more hip room, I ordered slightly larger than my waist and they were a bit loose all over. Haven't decided if I want to send them back or keep them & enjoy them being too big :)
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post #9 of 119 Old 09-15-2011, 12:51 PM
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Hello, I'm Bonnie and I'm a foodaholic.

I'm 5'7" and 230 on a good day.

It really sucks because I feel like all my friends laugh at me behind my back. :( I'm 18 years old and been single for all of it. All my friends are guys, I've noticed they all like the pritty skinny girls. The girls they like arn't even very nice, there evil in some ways to be honest. :/ If beeing single means that I'm happy, fun, and fluffy then so be it!

But yeah tack is hard to find, and when you do find it, it's exspensive. Cloths...forget it.

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post #10 of 119 Old 09-15-2011, 02:15 PM
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Hey to the OP, its not just girls that ride,,,,,
But for some reason I cant understand why everyone cringes when I ask for size 40 green riding tights,
I always start singing the, Men in tights song,:

We're men, we're men in tights. We roam around the forest looking for fights. We're men, we're men in tights. We rob from the rich and give to the poor, that's right! We may look like sissies, but watch what you say or else we'll put out your lights! We're men, we're men in tights, Always on guard defending the people's rights.
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