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What is it like in your boots?-experiences as a plus size rider

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    11-08-2011, 04:25 PM
  #91
Yearling
Love this! I am plus sized, 6'0 and around 275lbs. I carry my weight well for the most part, its pretty well distributed throughout my body, not all settled in one place. I'm 25 years old. In high school I did get made fun of a lot for my weight and my height, I was probably the tallest girl in my class.

But now no one seems to care, everyone at the barn is very friendly, Im not the only plus sized rider, even the barn owner/trainer and barn manager are on the fluffy side.

My horse is a 7 year old Percheron/Thoroughbred cross mare, she's 16.3 hands, and I fit her really really well, we do dressage, and equitation (under saddle and over fences)
     
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    11-08-2011, 06:22 PM
  #92
QOS
Green Broke
Stan, you are a trooper!!!! Honey Darling Precious has a pretty stressful job. When I didn't work way back when, he always had a hot meal to come home to...roast, rice and gravy, chicken rice and gravy, (we are/were rice and gravy folks here in southeast Texas!) and I still cook for him on a regular basis and hand him his plate fixed like he likes with buttered bread, a slice of onion, his napkin and his drink. LOL this gains rolling eyes from my cousin I ride with that is my age. I always say Honey Darling Precious is the most spoiled man on the face of the planet. I still work...but from home. I am a wedding cake designer and some Thursday, Friday, Saturdays are a blur of baking, stacking, filling cakes, rolling fondant, making buttercream and decorating and delivering wedding cakes. That is what supports the horses. I pay for everything for them from cakes. LOL so I think I have earned a little "me" time from raising 3 lovely children (read - they were a basket of crabs and still are even though they are grown!!!) so I am having a blast with my horse and am glad to drag HDP along if he will come with me...if not, he had better fix himself a sandwich!!
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    11-09-2011, 12:53 AM
  #93
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QOS I hope he goes for the ride with you, if not I have a nice recipe for a toasted steak sandwich.

I feel beaten so will retire and question my wife on why she does not work. I know the outcome and believe Yes Dear will again roll of my tongue and feature somewhere in our conversation
     
    11-09-2011, 10:42 AM
  #94
QOS
Green Broke
Don't know why she doesn't work. Barry rides with me sometimes - sometimes he is playing golf. I just know that now that my kids are grown and I have the $$ to go, I will go. HDP could pitch in more on the horses - I would love to have an LQ trailer but I don't have a truck to pull one with. He does but he is pretty darn picky about his Tundra truck. I have begged for years for a travel trailer to go camping in...still don't have one...now I would love an LQ because we do camp frequently with the horses. He says no...I say I will buy one when I pay off the Brenderup. (love him to pieces but he isn't too interested in spending big bucks in this direction) so I will eventually get one for myself and then I will really be going on adventures...and I will be saying see you later dear...have a sandwich while I am gone!!
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    11-11-2011, 03:40 AM
  #95
Weanling
I don't know if I can be considered plus size or not...

According to BMI scales and the like I am almost considered obese, I am barely in the overweight category.

I am 5'5" and 160lbs. My guy is about 1150lbs, 16hh and 22 years old. While I think I do look fat on him he doesn't have any problems carrying me so I don't worry about that when I ride. I worry more about what I look like while on him to the outside world. But I am just very self conscious. I tend to ride in hoodies so that my fat is hidden and hate the summer when I have to wear regular clothes. Bah I wanna lose around 40lbs but honestly can't find the time currently between work and school. Work 5 days a week and go to school for 2.
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    11-11-2011, 04:27 AM
  #96
Foal
Hi, all. :) I'm new to the forum. Just found it today, even!

I lovelovelove this topic. I am 6'0" and 270 lbs. I spent my life in the suburbs with working parents who didn't have the extra $$$ to send me to riding lessons. At age 22, I am finally able to branch out and do what I've always wanted. I've been trail riding a few times, but I'm also taking proper western pleasure riding lessons. (I volunteer at the barn in exchange for the lessons. I've dropped from 285 lbs after I started going! Who needs a gym?!)

I am surrounded by petite, slender, and athletic ladies when I go to the barn. I feel like I'm the size of a small pony when I get on one of the horses. It's really embarrassing, and I've never been more self-conscious! The owner/instructor is a really sweet lady and notes that "we're all equal here."

I definitely feel like I could ride better if I were lighter. Being fluffy is somewhat tricky when it comes to climbing into the saddle.. or even trying to get into/out of the loft.

I'm so happy there's a section for this on this website. I'll be watching!
     
    11-11-2011, 04:28 AM
  #97
Foal
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Originally Posted by NordicJuniper    
I don't know if I can be considered plus size or not...

According to BMI scales and the like I am almost considered obese, I am barely in the overweight category.

I am 5'5" and 160lbs. My guy is about 1150lbs, 16hh and 22 years old. While I think I do look fat on him he doesn't have any problems carrying me so I don't worry about that when I ride. I worry more about what I look like while on him to the outside world. But I am just very self conscious. I tend to ride in hoodies so that my fat is hidden and hate the summer when I have to wear regular clothes. Bah I wanna lose around 40lbs but honestly can't find the time currently between work and school. Work 5 days a week and go to school for 2.
You and me both!
+1 for the hoodies!
     
    11-11-2011, 09:42 AM
  #98
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Stan    
she who must be obeyed
this should be my new title.
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    11-12-2011, 06:34 PM
  #99
Weanling
I actually just started riding again after 9 years :P I am 5'10 and 230 - 240lbs. It was hard getting back into it after so long (plus being a bit heavier than before).

My journey to start horseback riding again was a bit discouraging but here I am now. About 2-3 years I actually had 2 private lessons and the lady afterward told the person who took me that I would need to lose weight to be able to ride there. I was probably around 240-250lbs then. I was a bit sad, but whatever I can lose weight and I didn't really like that stable anyways. So I was kind of lazy and tried to find a barn the next year, explained my situation and was told they didn't have a horse that could handle me at the moment. Alright, that's cool. Started working out and got down to 230lbs started to really want to ride again. Found my current barn and now I ride happily. And riding is great exercise My quads kill.

At my old barn and this new barn no one has ever discriminated against me for being bigger. Riding has been a positive experience for the most part. I did find though, that since I have been working out (doing weight training and some jogging) that getting back into riding was easier. Mind you after my first lesson I couldn't walk for a week :P
     
    11-13-2011, 01:25 AM
  #100
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Originally Posted by demonwolfmoon    
this should be my new title.
Posted via Mobile Device
I was only joking, she who must be obeyed, is a dream held by a number of women.
Must go now wife wants me to cook dinner. Chicken
     

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