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

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    11-13-2011, 03:07 AM
  #101
Foal
Take a look at some of those calf ropers and male reiners - those cowboys are not petite! Yet reining horses are so small and agile I've been plus sized for years and allowed it to impede my riding now I ride for my pleasure and I know it's healthier than sitting in the stands I take good care of my horses and respect my limits I have even developed a true appreciaton for shorter horses (yet stouter)!
     
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    11-13-2011, 03:48 AM
  #102
Started
I have followed this thread for a while and have wondered if I am now to big. This I have voiced earlier and at 220 plus the saddle top at 250 - 260 pounds. Looking around and judging how Stella is at the end of a long ride I don't think the weight I present is to much for the horse as long as the horse is sound and fit.
Perhaps to much is being placed on the weight of the rider and those that have a few extra pounds are feeling or have been made to feel guilty for having those extra pounds. A large number of riders I see are my size and larger, male and female, the horses, seem to handle the load. So to those that consider themselves to large. Trim a few pounds, keep the horse sound and fit, and enjoy your riding. I intend to trim 20 pounds, but am not going to lose any sleep if I don't succeed and I will continue to ride my horse.
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    11-30-2011, 10:51 PM
  #103
Foal
Do the math and ride!

This is a pic of my husband on our PMU baby Tilly, who is a half Clyde, half QH mare (he insisted I don't lower the stirrups for him!). I have always understood that a horse can carry a rider up to 25% of it's body weight. Personally, I prefer a draft or draft cross for riding, but have ridden my quarter horse as well and he's 1100lbs to my 6ft 240 lbs and we worked fine together on extreme trails, etc. The thing that matters is that your tack fits well so that your weight is easier on the horse and that your weight in the saddle is balanced and you move with your horse. Don't let people intimidate you or make you feel you have to fit within a certain image they have. You can always find a way to make things work when your passion is what drives you.
     
    12-01-2011, 12:01 AM
  #104
Foal
I love this forum!! I always felt like I was the only one. I am 20 years old and deffinatly not the skiniest. I am right on the border line of regular and plus so I find it very difficult to find western show show clothes that fit me properly and look nice when Im in the saddle.

The other thing I had the most trouble with as a younger rider was always being around girls that were half my size! Even though I did well competing I felt like the skinny girls always had one up on me.

I think it would be great to have plus size western/english show clothes! Anyone know where they could be found tho!??
     
    12-02-2011, 11:40 AM
  #105
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Trishia Buzzard    
I love this forum!! I always felt like I was the only one. I am 20 years old and deffinatly not the skiniest. I am right on the border line of regular and plus so I find it very difficult to find western show show clothes that fit me properly and look nice when Im in the saddle.

The other thing I had the most trouble with as a younger rider was always being around girls that were half my size! Even though I did well competing I felt like the skinny girls always had one up on me.

I think it would be great to have plus size western/english show clothes! Anyone know where they could be found tho!??
There is some information on the other threads in this section on riding clothes. Check out the other threads.
     
    12-02-2011, 06:57 PM
  #106
Foal
I am 5'7" and currently 245... My top weight was 303... I work hard to maintain my weight where it is and want to drop more. My weight seems to be more my issue then anyone else. Years ago I bought a 2 yrs old dun QH that I raised and broke... I was very proud of him. When he was 5 someone took a picture of me on him... I never rode him again!! He was ridden by others but I could never bring myself to ride him again. A year later I gave him away to someone who would love and care for him like I did.
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    12-02-2011, 07:14 PM
  #107
Trained
You gave the horse away because of your weight???
     
    12-02-2011, 07:19 PM
  #108
Weanling
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Originally Posted by tecara    
I am 5'7" and currently 245... My top weight was 303... I work hard to maintain my weight where it is and want to drop more. My weight seems to be more my issue then anyone else. Years ago I bought a 2 yrs old dun QH that I raised and broke... I was very proud of him. When he was 5 someone took a picture of me on him... I never rode him again!! He was ridden by others but I could never bring myself to ride him again. A year later I gave him away to someone who would love and care for him like I did.
That is sad that you gave your horse away :( because of your weight.

I am to heavy for my pony currently she is having the winter off ridden work but I still work with her on the ground. I am losing weight slowly till I can ride her again. But I am keeping her :)
     
    12-02-2011, 07:20 PM
  #109
Foal
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Originally Posted by waresbear    
You gave the horse away because of your weight???
Yes I gave him away because he had so much potential and deserved to be worked and trained to his full capacity. I loved him enough to let him go. My daughter was heading off to college and my husband had a horse of his own and was a novice rider so couldn't really teach Tana. He's a reining prospect now and doing amazing!!
     
    12-02-2011, 07:23 PM
  #110
Trained
Those reasons are fine, sorry I thought it was because you didn't like how you looked riding him in the picture. You look just fine to me riding him.
     

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