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post #31 of 119 Old 09-20-2011, 01:09 PM
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Yay! So glad I found this! I'm 5'4" and right at 200#. Thankfully I've not had much problem with people thinking I'm too fat to ride. I've been told I carry it well and people are always shocked to hear my real weight as I'm very active and not in bad shape. Anyway, I currently ride a 15.2hh QH but have rode and jumped 14.2hh Arabians and currently have a 2yr old Arab that I will ride when he grows up. Do I want to lose weight? Of coarse! And I'm slowly working on it. But it's so I feel good, not so I'll look good or so others will think I look good. I just tell them I have more padding for when I get bucked off!!
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post #32 of 119 Old 09-20-2011, 03:37 PM
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My name is Randi! I am 5'4" and at the moment 210lbs, I was down to 195 but I slacked on my diet over the summer and gained a few pounds back. I was 250 1.5yrs ago so I think I am doing ok with my weight loss.
I ride a 15.3h TB mare. I have been riding for over 20yrs and most people don't seem to have a problem with my weight as I am a pretty good rider and don't hurt the horse.

This pic is from a one day event last weekend that I rode my mare in.

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post #33 of 119 Old 09-20-2011, 04:04 PM
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Stan, I never thought I'd hear that comment made towards me! :) Thanks!
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post #34 of 119 Old 09-21-2011, 02:03 PM
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i'm 5'2 and 185, and i've ridden all sizes and ages and none of them ever seemed to have an problem or discomfort. In the states I don't really feel bothered about weight because In my area I saw riders over 250 riding small horses. And also since im short, even though im obese for my weight, my weight isnt much higher than normal weight taller people. Also in 2 of the barns I rode both the owners/instructors were large women and one was riding morgans and even looks big on her horses, but the horses never seemed bothered. When I moved to italy and started riding there I got FAR more conscious of my weight because just in general everyone is skinnier. Looking at barns I got really worried my weight would be an issue because I saw only small people riding, the first barn I went to it wasn't a problem and no one ever said anything eventhough i'm sure I was the fattest person there (i don't know about heaviest, there were some tall people). But now we changed barns and we're looking for a new one and once again i'm worried about the weight issue, and it doesn't help that my bf is 110 so I look like a whale next to him. I can understand weight limits if your jumping cross country or something that is already hard on the horses even without a rider, but a full sized horse can handle more than 160 pounds. And how is a bigger rider with good balance and a good seat worse than a skinny rider that bounces all over the place? I've never seen a horse looking upset with a bigger rider who had a good seat, but I have seen horses looking pissed off because a 120 pound rider was bouncing all over their back. I know a girl who I would guess is close to 300 pounds, barrel racing on a 15.1 QH and she did good and her horse was not sore in the back or legs from her weight, nor did he seem bothered at all.

What also annoys me is that people will comment on a rounder rider on a sturdier horse but I hardly ever hear anyone comment on a 6'2 skinny rider riding a 15hh horse with their legs hanging far past the horses stomach. A 6'2 normal weight person can still be the same weight as me, but since i'm shorter and it's obese for my height, its more of a problem. When I volunteered in a therapeudic riding program they usually put the heavier riders on drafts, but it was because they didnt have good balance or a seat.
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post #35 of 119 Old 09-21-2011, 02:08 PM
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What also annoys me is that people will comment on a rounder rider on a sturdier horse but I hardly ever hear anyone comment on a 6'2 skinny rider riding a 15hh horse with their legs hanging far past the horses stomach. A 6'2 normal weight person can still be the same weight as me, but since i'm shorter and it's obese for my height, its more of a problem.

Exactly, Oh and also I have this as my Siggy line on another forum

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Yeah, but that was man fat. From what I've been reading 200 lbs of man fat weighs less than 200 lbs of lady fat.
Someone posted it in a weight related conversation, and it is just so true

QUICKLY EDITS.......the statement IS NOT TRUE, it's the perception that others have that is the issue!

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post #36 of 119 Old 09-21-2011, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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Ps....I think the bmi scale needs to be burned. I wonder what mine is....lol hello goooooooogle :)
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oh yes the lovely BMI scale....I think I am categorized as "morbidly obese" I don't pay attention to that nonsense. I don't have diabetes, high blood pressure, or cardiovascular issues AND I can still see my feet when I look down. Morbidly Obese my A**!
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Hello,

I'm here to register as a 57 yr old plus-size rider at 5'3" and ranging from 175-195#.

I don't think I am too heavy for my horse, but I do think I am too heavy for my pants. I like to ride in jeans that are stretch denim, wish they did not have inside seams, but mostly wish they were NOT low rise. Hate low rise pants, wish there were some that came up to my waist. Anyone know where I can find some?

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post #38 of 119 Old 09-21-2011, 03:20 PM
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Agreed about the bmi! If I go by that I should weigh 129#. I have never and will never weigh that! I'm just not built for it. At my skinniest and fittest ( after basic training for the military) I was 145# and felt and looked fabulous, at least in my opinion, and was happy with that!
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post #39 of 119 Old 09-22-2011, 01:03 PM
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I'm a plus sized rider. 5"3" and 230 lbs

This is compounded by being VERY out of shape, not riding for a few years due to weight and fears (from past wrecks). I have two good geldings now. Chip is 14.2H and Nick is 15H.

My problem is mounting. I don't mind using a mounting block, it's just sometimes when I put my left foot into the stirrup and tell my right leg to lift over the horse, it doesn't do anything. Almost like there is no muscle there. I do eventually get on and thank goodness both my boys are patient about this. My right leg scrrrrrrappppppes over their butt, then settles in.

Once riding my previous years of training take over and I do use every leg muscle I have. Of course, they all hurt the next day .

I'm hoping with time, those leg muscles will firm up.

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Hello,

I'm here to register as a 57 yr old plus-size rider at 5'3" and ranging from 175-195#.

I don't think I am too heavy for my horse, but I do think I am too heavy for my pants. I like to ride in jeans that are stretch denim, wish they did not have inside seams, but mostly wish they were NOT low rise. Hate low rise pants, wish there were some that came up to my waist. Anyone know where I can find some?

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