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    10-17-2011, 04:19 AM
  #61
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Originally Posted by ohmyitschelle    
I haven't heard of the exact area you're from, but know where Dargaville is haha!

Yeah, it's been pretty long and ongoing... we're city folk and my horse lives on a property on the other side of the port hills near Lyttleton (where most of the darn things are coming from), so she was a bit stressed with the big ones. Sadly, its become a part of life really.
Dargaville is famous. It is the krime krim kUMURA captial of the world. There is a saying up here lock it or lose it. I'm a Probation Officer, originally from Auckland moved north 6 years ago for a lifestyle change. No McDonalds, KFC, or Burger king, only subway
We have a lifestyle block so the horses are outside the door and the lakes 5 minutes up the road and a 60 Mile long beach also 5 minutes from home.
Not that i'm showing off.

Kai Iwi lakes, google earth, let me know when, and I'll run outside and wave.

Our thoughts are with you all. The ongoing earth quakes Christchurch has had over the past year or so I heard counting the after shocks have been counted in the thousands. Now that would take some getting used to.
Take care.
     
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    10-30-2011, 02:41 AM
  #62
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I'm Marissa I am 5'4" about 180-190 pounds. I own a wonderful 15.2hh Paint gelding named Blue. I believe I am the heaviest eventer in my area. I get a lot of crap about it too. I am never invited for trail rides, never talked to around the barn, and I have heard a few nasty comments that people have made about me. I block them out because you know what? My horse has never said one mean word about me (; He is just fine with carrying a heavier rider and galloping, jumping, dressage is just fine with him! A lot of people look at me like I don't need to be riding. Sometimes I do let their words bother me but eventing has been my dream since I was 3 and that comes first! I can always lose weight, but they will still be ugly on the inside.
I think the worst part of being plus sized is I have a hard time finding breeches, show coats, and especially FIELD BOOTS!!

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    10-30-2011, 03:18 AM
  #63
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Originally Posted by rissaxbmth    
I'm Marissa I am 5'4" about 180-190 pounds. I own a wonderful 15.2hh Paint gelding named Blue. I believe I am the heaviest eventer in my area. I get a lot of crap about it too. I am never invited for trail rides, never talked to around the barn, and I have heard a few nasty comments that people have made about me. I block them out because you know what? My horse has never said one mean word about me (; He is just fine with carrying a heavier rider and galloping, jumping, dressage is just fine with him! A lot of people look at me like I don't need to be riding. Sometimes I do let their words bother me but eventing has been my dream since I was 3 and that comes first! I can always lose weight, but they will still be ugly on the inside.
I think the worst part of being plus sized is I have a hard time finding breeches, show coats, and especially FIELD BOOTS!!

*hugs* Good for for keeping your chin up even when people say nasty things! You don't look too big for your horse at all! Oh and if I lived near, I would totally invite you out on the trails!
     
    10-30-2011, 03:25 AM
  #64
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I have posted a few times here. I am 5 foot 4, age 53, so much older than most of you all. (200lbs) Whatever. I said all that many times. I don't really care all that much. I am blessed in that my friends NEVER give me any feedback about being overweight. I have NEVER been laughed at or made fun of. I toften forget that I am miss chunky.

But what I really wanted to say might not go over too well here, but here goes.
Although one shouldn't be judged or belittled about their weight, it cannot be denied that a person can ride easier and probably better by losing some weight. It just is.
Ant the thing is, it only gets harder, the older one gets. So, I am going out on a limb here and saying you young, beautiful ladies who proudly continue to ride, I salute you, but I also encourage you to consider making changes as soon as you can. Truly, it only gets harder, so do yourself a favor. If it's something you want, reach for it now.
     
    10-30-2011, 04:38 AM
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Hello everyone. My name is Leatha, but you can feel free to call me Sandy if you like. With my user name, I know it is easier to remember. I am 5'3 and 180 lbs. This time last year I was 220 lbs. I ride a lovely TWH named Major.

I haven't really had other people make comments...at least not to my face. I am my own worst enemy in this department, however. I am not a good rider. I have only had about 4 or 5 lessons in the several years that I have owned my horse. Mostly because after I started my lessons, a previous boarder at my barn started acting crazy and I was afraid to continue on with the lessons. Now that she is gone, I very well may start them up again. Anyway, my point is that I constantly worry that I am to heavy for Major. I am constantly worried that he is in pain and just to kind to say so. I worry that I may cause him long term issues. I know if I could lighten the load some, my horse would be happier. I really feel guilty when I am out trail riding with all those skinny folks and even start thinking that Major is so unlucky to have to carry around me.
     
    10-31-2011, 10:27 AM
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dee
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Sandy - I hear you. I'm always worrying about Dancer. However, my (skinny)trail riding buddies have all been quite indignant that I would sell Dancer so short. I'm 5'1" - 5'2" on a good day, and weigh around 260 - 280 (weight varies). My riding buddies have never given me any grief (to my face) about riding. I did have one woman on a trail ride that commented, but she was told to shut up or leave by another rider. That rude woman was also upset that Dancer had no shoes (neither did half the other horses) and no bit (I ride her in a hackamore).

Dancer is pretty stoutly built and short backed, making her even stronger. She's never shown any sign of pain when I ride her that I can directly relate to my weight. My ill-fitting saddle causes her more grief than anything. So...I'm on the hunt for a good saddle - but her short back makes it difficult to find a saddle that will accomodate my fat backside, her broad back and high withers and huge shoulders. I think I'm going to have to go with a custom made saddle...
     
    11-01-2011, 02:19 AM
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Dee
Check out the horse saddle shop they may be able to help or point you in the right direction. Western saddles; Billy Cook, Circle Y , Tucker & used western trail saddles
     
    11-01-2011, 09:35 AM
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dee
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Stan - I did talk to a rep from there. Got told to lose some weight and call back when I can fit into an 18" saddle. They can fit my horse, but not me.
     
    11-01-2011, 09:37 AM
  #69
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
I have posted a few times here. I am 5 foot 4, age 53, so much older than most of you all. (200lbs) Whatever. I said all that many times. I don't really care all that much. I am blessed in that my friends NEVER give me any feedback about being overweight. I have NEVER been laughed at or made fun of. I toften forget that I am miss chunky.

But what I really wanted to say might not go over too well here, but here goes.
Although one shouldn't be judged or belittled about their weight, it cannot be denied that a person can ride easier and probably better by losing some weight. It just is.
Ant the thing is, it only gets harder, the older one gets. So, I am going out on a limb here and saying you young, beautiful ladies who proudly continue to ride, I salute you, but I also encourage you to consider making changes as soon as you can. Truly, it only gets harder, so do yourself a favor. If it's something you want, reach for it now.

You are probably right...but...I am 62, weigh around 260 and I just took up reining this summer, after a 10 year lay-off from riding. My weight might be a hindrance at times but hard work does pay off..and I'm doing something I love...
Quite frankly, if people are making fun of your weight or ignoring you because of it, they aren't the kind of people you should have as friends anyway!
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    11-01-2011, 09:52 AM
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Originally Posted by dee    
Stan - I did talk to a rep from there. Got told to lose some weight and call back when I can fit into an 18" saddle. They can fit my horse, but not me.
Ok, here goes...I have the same problem you do... If you need an 18" saddle the only place I've seen them is on e-bay...are you sure a 17" wouldn't work? That is what I bought..They are easier to find...Arabian saddles and reining saddles fit shorter backed horses, and my new saddle is a reiner and 17"...I'm thinking a Circle Y or a Crates might fit your horse...just measure the shoulders/withers for which gullet size you would need..Some stores have the things you fit over the withers to measure for gullet size..also if your horse is that stocky, have you thought of trying a draft saddle, or one for foundation QH's? If I remember right my son-in-law got a draft saddle for their Clydesdale and his is an 18"...
     

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