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    12-02-2011, 07:35 PM
  #111
Foal
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Originally Posted by waresbear    
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.
It was about him not me... It wasn't how I looked, but the picture made me realize I was too heavy to be riding him and working him hard. I guess I felt sorry for him having to carry me around lolol. I still don't like how I look on my big boy... I am a big girl and have to work on it... But I know he can carry me without issues and we can work together well.
     
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    12-13-2011, 12:54 AM
  #112
Foal
I'm a 19 year old, plus sized jeans wearin', horseback ridin', woman. Sitting at size 16 jean, and tipping the scales at just over 200lbs - a little more on a bad day.

Finding cute clothes, is near impossible. Finding cute riding clothes IS impossible. But at the end of the day, my 190lb fiancee, and my two TB geldings love me - not because of my size, or charming personality (lol), but because I know where alllll the good treats are :p

Show barns, have been terrible to me. Lesson barns have been a little better, but private barns are where it's at! There's plently of full figured riders out there waiting to find their trail buddy!

At the end of the day - we're all beautiful - as cheesy as that sounds. But it's true. And nobody ever forget that.
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    12-13-2011, 02:37 AM
  #113
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Randella : I have recently posted a page on my blog with photos of the riders all 100 of them on a two day trek. It seems to me you people are hung up on your size and in that, attract attention to your selves.

Have a look at some of the ladies and men in the blog and no one dares comment on size. If one did the result to the one making the comment from the others would not be nice to witness.

We are there for the ride, not to pass comment on weight. Whats the difference between a person 6 ft tall and 230 lbs and 5ft and 230 lbs. My point. Have a look at those making the comments, the shapless string beans, imagine them with no clothes on and have a chuckle to your self. Bones are not attractive curves are.
     
    12-13-2011, 09:44 AM
  #114
Foal
Am I considered a plus size rider? I am 5'1" and a 170 lbs. I had just bought a clydesdale/quarter horse on craigslist that has yet to be ridden because of past abuse. He looks heavy maybe around 1200 pounds and is approximately 15hh.
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    12-15-2011, 11:11 PM
  #115
Yearling
As some others mentioned...people don't say things to my face but behind my back that is another story. I have heard others talk about overweight riders and how they feel so bad for their poor horses. I just stood there thinking OMG, they are talking about all these different heavy riders , what do they say when I am not around?
I would love to lose weight but it is easier said than done...I also love my horses and want to be a better rider. I love to learn as much as I can. My balance is off due to being heavier and it really shows when I canter. I have almost fallen off a few times , so I havent cantered for a long time :(
It still amazes me how snotty most horse back riders are when it comes to weight or appearance of a person..it is sad.
     
    12-15-2011, 11:48 PM
  #116
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Originally Posted by RadHenry09    
As some others mentioned...people don't say things to my face but behind my back that is another story. I have heard others talk about overweight riders and how they feel so bad for their poor horses. I just stood there thinking OMG, they are talking about all these different heavy riders , what do they say when I am not around?
I would love to lose weight but it is easier said than done...I also love my horses and want to be a better rider. I love to learn as much as I can. My balance is off due to being heavier and it really shows when I canter. I have almost fallen off a few times , so I havent cantered for a long time :(
It still amazes me how snotty most horse back riders are when it comes to weight or appearance of a person..it is sad.
Dont take any notice of others just enjoy your self. You mentioned ballance, my ballance is off. Its a combination of to much weight in the upper body and the additive in my water bottle. However it makes the landing much softer and the embarrassment of the fall easier to take.
     
    12-16-2011, 12:03 AM
  #117
Yearling
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Originally Posted by TralissaAndalusians    
I'm a big girl too, and I find that being a plus size rider around where I live is hard. So much, that it put me off riding out. People can be really cruel, and it upset me.

I just happily ride past, down the canal, and every now and then, you come to a bridge or a Lock, and sometimes there are groups of kids sat there. You don't even look at them, or say anything, and they automatically start calling you a "Fat B***h" or say stuff like "That poor horse! You're crushing it!". I'm not even that big!

Anyway, the last time I hacked out alone, I was attacked by 5 or 6 teenagers who were bunking off school, and were sat on the bridge up by where I keep my other horses. And they started shouting abuse at me, and then started chucking bricks at me and Luca. I galloped home, and got my brother and he went and sorted them out, they denied it all, but he knew it was true because they were pretty much backing away and eventually ran. (My brother is into body building, so he's muscley and quite scary, haha)

I would have charged at them, but they were on a bridge, so no chance of that.

But I find it horrible, which is why I'm on a Ketosis diet to get some of the weight off. I want to go out riding without people calling me names or putting me and my horses in danger.

And haha Joe4d, Robin Hood - Men In Tights XD Awesome film.

Men in Tights Song - YouTube

Anyway, I've found this year, that I've seen more and more plus sized riders, and it just goes to show there are alot of us.
oh my god. They threw BRICKS at you? Are you kidding me? That's disgusting. What if they hit you? Your horse? Calling misdemeaning names is bad enough, but this is seriously horrific that this happened...
     
    12-16-2011, 10:11 PM
  #118
Yearling
I can't believe I have been coming to this forum for so long and only just found this section. I love it!!

I too am a big girl, like all big girls I have been at both ends of the spectrum. I did manage to loose all my weight and keep it off for some time about 7 years ago. Ironically enough, even at my thinnest, wearing size 10 and 12 clothes (USA size 4 to 6 I think) I weighed 70kg and was still classed as obese by the BMI. Muscles weigh more than fat and I have a very strong build from hard physical labour.

Anyway I put a lot of weight back on after a still born child, which left me too scared to do anything during my next pregnancy as we didn't know why our first daughter passed away before she was born. While I was pregnant the first time I behaved as if nothing had changed, I was even Thar hunting in the Southern Alps when I was 5 months along. I didn't really put on any weight in my first pregnancy because I remained so active. With my second pregnancy I was too scared to walk to the mail box and gained about 30 kg.

I have been very fortunate, I have a very supportive husband and friends and have never come across any negativity directed at me for being a big girl. On the other hand I deliberately went for a plus sized horse and my weight was a contributing factor when I sold my young QH x 3 years ago.

Unfortunately a very good friend of mine has not been so lucky. She is also a big girl, she rides a very pretty 15hh buckskin station bred. He is not a massive horse but he certainly has no problem carrying her and is always a prancing, dancing dick when it is time to go home. One day she noticed some lameness in his shoulder. She always worries about being too heavy for him at the best of times so when another acquaintance of hers told her she was too fat and probably caused permanent damage to him, she was absolutely heart broken! I was so angry at the other woman I wanted to maul her! My friend was on the verge of selling EVERYTHING! Even the property she worked so hard to get so she could keep her horses.
Thank god her father was able to talk some sense into her.

It turned out that her horse was fine and just needed a good farrier.

I am also in agreement that weight is less relevant than riding ability, heavy people can ride very light in the seat and hands. In Karate the best fighters had "belly", weight at the center of their gravity it creates great balance. All I can say is "Go the fatties, eat long and prosper!"

P.S. Stan, I've done the lemon detox diet, done it, lost the weight, put it back on again, worn the t.shirt. It wasn't a long term solution for me unfortunately.
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    12-20-2011, 12:34 AM
  #119
Weanling
I'm 5'6, 205lbs, and EE36 chest. The bmi scale says im obese, but im fine with my body. If I was to loose the 50 pounds I need to be "normal" I would be ridiculously top heavy! My horse is a 17.1 Warmblood, who ways about 1300lbs. Bu I've ridden ity bity ponies who have no problem with me!
     

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