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post #41 of 119 Old 09-23-2011, 08:51 PM
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Originally Posted by anndankev View Post

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?
I get my jeans from Catherines. They are a specialty store for plus sized women. They are light on the western wear, though. I do like the jeans I get from there - they have jeans that are NOT low rise (I want mine to come to my waist, thank you very much!), fit my waist, and leave my backside with plenty of room. I am extremely pear shaped at 5'2" and 270 lbs. They do have various shapes in their jeans, from straight to the extra curvy(what I wear).

18 months ago, I weight 305. Last June I made it down to 255, but had a fall and couldn't get around very well, and gained 15 pounds back, dangit!

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post #42 of 119 Old 09-23-2011, 08:54 PM
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Hey guys, can you please cross post your clothing finds over here

What is your favorite riding apparel?

Lets get a good list going there
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post #43 of 119 Old 09-23-2011, 10:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Joe4d View Post
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.
You actually found size 40 breeches for guys????? I scoured Western Canada, and found my old man the largest size, 34. I suppose they figures only scrawny guys ride?
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post #44 of 119 Old 09-25-2011, 01:09 PM
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I'm 5'3" and 168 lbs (80 kg).
I recently returned to riding after a break of ten years and was put on an elderly horse - about 17.3hh - who really didn't have the energy to be carrying anybody anywhere, bless him.
Felt so bad about it that I went twice and didn't go back. I'm all for putting the new/returning rider on a quiet horse, but this old guy was just exhausted. He was a real sweetheart, but deserved to be enjoying his retirement, IMO.
Looking into lessons elsewhere; especially due to being heavier I don't want to be responsible for overworking an elderly horse.

It was a big blow, I'd never been anywhere that would send out a horse who was genuinely too tired to do the work before. I blamed myself at first - I was bigger, so I must have needed the bigger horse. But the more I thought on it, there are plenty of sturdy weight bearers in the world. When a loyal schoolmaster reaches his twilight years, he deserves more than than being classed as the one for the heavy riders just because he's tall!

I've met some lovely horses and ponies who could carry weight over the years. And most of the instructors I've known have been more focused on your seat, posture and hands.
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post #45 of 119 Old 09-25-2011, 04:04 PM
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Arizahn 168 lbs nothing to worry about. As for being to big for the horse not so. Perhaps the owner was thinking along the lines you wanted a quite horse until your confidence returned.
Forget your weight it's not the problem.
Ask for a horse that is alive.

If it was me I would say to the owner, even though i'm a little long in the tooth I don't require assistance to walk. Could I have a horse to ride that matches me please.

Say it with a smile for if you don't you may end up with a fire ball to deal with. Now that would negate any weight issues and build confidence all in the one day.
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post #46 of 119 Old 09-25-2011, 04:33 PM
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Stan, my confidence was fine. I was still happy enough to ride a quiet horse and have nothing against older horses either. I just felt that this chap was at that point where he should have been taking it easy...he was apparently 25 and he was so sleepy! He was capable of a steady walk and a slow trot, but the instructor was telling me to push him on faster and the horse meanwhile was showing signs of discomfort. His feet were in poor condition too.
I did mention it, but the instructor said he was just lazy. I've seen lazy before and this was tired out. You know the difference yourself, I'm sure.

Thanks for the comment on my weight being ok!

I'm not too long in the tooth, lol! Just turned 31;) I'm 5'3" tall; that may have caused confusion, sorry!

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post #47 of 119 Old 09-25-2011, 08:35 PM
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When my kids were young long in the tooth started at about 25. I do know what you mean when the horse was worn out Our previous horse Patches will be coming up to 37 years old. She retired herself at around 35 planted her feet so to speak and refused to move while somone was on her back. Now retired to a friends property and still looks good.
Sorry to have got the age so wrong. Its the time difference between countries.
I was reading and responding when I should have been sleeping. Well thats my excuse and i'm sticking with it.
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post #48 of 119 Old 09-26-2011, 04:36 AM
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Lol, no worries!
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post #49 of 119 Old 10-14-2011, 11:33 PM
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I am 5'8 and weigh around 230lbs. I own a 15 or so hand Appaloosa and a 12.2 or something hand Haflinger cross. The pony mainly will mainly drive until I can loose enough weight to be small enough to ride her and the horse is my all-round horse. I ride in a 16" Western Saddle(Circle Y) and a 17 or 18" English saddle. then an Australian saddle of indeterminate size. I carry my weight pretty well, I also love my friends they couldn't care whether I am big or small, My horsey friends don't care that I ride, as long as you don't kid yourself and try to ride the 34" mini they don't care.
I show in 4-H so I see plenty of the entire spectrum from those who look at you in absolute disgust because you don't ride a draft or that you ride at all and those who don't give a crap as long as you don't try to ride horses way to small for you, as in if the horse is having trouble carrying you and you are cantering around on it.
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post #50 of 119 Old 10-15-2011, 07:36 PM
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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?
My weight has been 'picked on' only once or twice, by people with issues with me anyway.
Don't feel judged for the most part thankfully, but then again, I also don't get out and about much. Just riding club, beach rides etc. Apparently I hide my weight well anyway!
I would like to be less 'wobbly,' and become fitter though, to make riding/schooling easier.

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