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post #71 of 119 Old 11-01-2011, 09:06 AM
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Actually, I need a seat that is larger than 18" - my backside is HUGE! I'm 5'2" and way 265 or so, and I am VERY pear shaped! I had a 20" saddle that my backside loved, but it had an 8" gullet and did not fit my girl at all. There is a really bad pic of her as my avatar. She has a short, broad back and is high withered to boot. Thought about a saddle with Arabian bars, or even a gaited horse saddle - she does single-foot, but I don't know that it means she has to have a gaited horse saddle.

I saw a 20" saddle on Ebay that had a 7-1/2" gullet. It was a cheaply made saddle, but I thought if it fit Dancer well enough to at least do no harm (I could buy a wither builder pad to use between the saddle and a regular pad) I might go with the cheap saddle until I can lose enough weight to fit in an 18" saddle. I do have a 17" saddle, but it is murderously uncomfortable for me - I keep catching myself leaning forward in it because I can't keep centered in the saddle what needs to be centered. It also tends to pinch Dancer's withers a bit. She's game enough to go for a while in that saddle, but eventually it just gets too uncomfortable for her.

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post #72 of 119 Old 11-02-2011, 04:00 PM
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So happy to see this section!!!

I am 5'8" and weigh 210# at this time, down from 220# so slowly losing. Anyway, I ride a stocky 15hh 960# TWH who has no problems carrying me at all. I have a good seat and with her being gaited I don't flop around in the saddle lol! I board at a small family owned barn and have never had anyone say anything to me about my weight and riding. In fact, they love that I have been riding more! :)

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post #73 of 119 Old 11-04-2011, 03:18 AM
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this has nothing to do with my riding experiance, but i foudn something that disgusted me really bad lastnight..


i left a comment voicing my "opinion" (i.e. my disgust) and i got a messege back, telling me that she thinks she wasnt harsh enough, that she often whips and spurs her horses even harder without mercy, and that she prefers it that way.. and i honestly believe thats how she feels...

why? thats all i wanna know..
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post #74 of 119 Old 11-05-2011, 06:35 PM
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this has nothing to do with my riding experiance, but i foudn something that disgusted me really bad lastnight..

Horse Training with whip - YouTube

i left a comment voicing my "opinion" (i.e. my disgust) and i got a messege back, telling me that she thinks she wasnt harsh enough, that she often whips and spurs her horses even harder without mercy, and that she prefers it that way.. and i honestly believe thats how she feels...

why? thats all i wanna know..
Not a very inspiring looking young person. A horse is a very forgiving animal and that was an example of how to make a horse resent humans. She fits the description predator, one day she will face a horse that will react in a way as to resist her methods. Trouble is she will send the horse to the meat works.

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post #75 of 119 Old 11-05-2011, 09:43 PM
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this has nothing to do with my riding experiance, but i foudn something that disgusted me really bad lastnight..

Horse Training with whip - YouTube

i left a comment voicing my "opinion" (i.e. my disgust) and i got a messege back, telling me that she thinks she wasnt harsh enough, that she often whips and spurs her horses even harder without mercy, and that she prefers it that way.. and i honestly believe thats how she feels...

why? thats all i wanna know..
Wow...just...wow. She's forcing him forward with the whip and spurs, but hauling back on his mouth because she's sitting/leaning so far back in the saddle. Someone needs to take her and do the same thing to her. See how she likes it.

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post #76 of 119 Old 11-05-2011, 10:23 PM
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I am 5' 6" and certainly very fluffy and that is being kind. LOL 7 years ago I was wearing a size 10 or 12 and that is in my dreams. I am working on losing weight and had lost 17 lbs earlier this year and then gained it back LOL working on it again and hoping that I keep on track.

No one has ever said squat about my weight except me and I gripe enough for everyone!

I used to be a skinny minny and was a good rider years ago - fast forward to overweight was bucked off and scared rider that started over at 50. My first gelding was 15.3 former race horse and he was more than capable of carrying me. I have seen loads of big ol' cowboys that were not only big tall men they were riding small horses! Biscuit was a little under weight when I got him but he didn't seem to ever have a problem carrying me up and down hills. He has put on considerable weight - and is rode on a regular basis and has built up loads of muscles. He hasn't put a wrong step since I bought him.

I have improved in balance and my seat is pretty darn good now. I don't flop around on my horse. Do I wish I was smaller? Of course I do and have made a conscious effort to do so. I really want to do LD and 50 milers and it will certainly be easier on me and my horse if I lose 50 myself!

Horses are pretty darn tough animals - and generally will let you know if it is too much, too many, and you're not little!!! (my son used to say when he was a tot "it's too much, it's too many, I'm too little" with his little hands waving back and forth when asked to pick up his toys!)
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post #77 of 119 Old 11-06-2011, 02:06 AM
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yeah that video really p*$$3D me off.. she also said that she likes to see her horse with deep spur marks in its side.. so i kinda went a lil crazy when i went off on her... i blocked right after i did too....lol


Anyways.. about me as a rider..

I am 27 years old.. been riding since i was about 4 when me and my mom got our pony Ruby.. mom still has her living in washington state.. Ruby is 13.2 and is 24 years old.. shes a forever girl...

since ive owned Ruby since ... FOREVER, ive learned alot about riding and even been told im a much better and more patient rider than my mother, who has taught me my knowlegde about horses, but not how to ride which most of was self taught, with a few sparatic lessons here and there.. im really good at watching and listening to other when it comes to horses or riding and just apply it to what i am doing on my horse atm... plus ALOT OF youtube :P

but heres a lil info on my rollercoaster..i am 5'2 on a good day and all my life ive been considered a thicker (not fat or plus sized) kinda girl.. till i was about 23 i weighed about 200 pounds after i had my second daughter... and then i lost a lil weight and weighed about 160ish... then i got preg and weighed about 180ish... shortly after i left my husband (ex husband now thank god!) and lost ALOT of weight.. i was down to about 135 in a size 7!!! (omg!!) iwas sooooooo happy.. then last year i moved to virginia and i gained it all back :( im currently about 180-185.. (depends on the week) and i am very selfconscience about it when ppl are around, but everyone at my barn is super supportive.. and my horse Gemini is an amazingly patient boy, when im trying to heave my big butt onto him from a fence or stool... ive currently started riding him with just a leadrope around his neck, and have taught him to neck rein in just a matter of two days!!! im very proud of my boy and myself :)

and i also want to say that im sooooo happy that ive found these forums cuz like alot of you know, non plus sized ppl "can" be a lil judgemental when it comes to a bigger rider.. ive said this before in another thread but about a week ago i was pretty much put down on yahoo answers for asking a question about how to look a lil less poofy while sitting on horse back, and the most common response was that i as an inconsiderate horse person to be making my horse have to carry my fat body around, and they made me feel like i was pretty much worthless for letting myself get this way.. but things are hard when you up and move across the country to live away from the state that you lived ur whole life.... no ones perfect, but i just wanna enjoy myself for who i am, and i will work on my weight when the time is right... (like now :P )


but sorry for the long response... :)
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post #78 of 119 Old 11-06-2011, 02:10 AM
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yeah that video really p*$$3D me off.. she also said that she likes to see her horse with deep spur marks in its side.. so i kinda went a lil crazy when i went off on her... i blocked right after i did too....lol
Normally I'd say she was just yanking your chain to get a rise out of you...but after watching that vid, I'm not so sure.

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post #79 of 119 Old 11-06-2011, 02:26 AM
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yeah i doubt she was, i possitive she was as serious as a heart attack, and it breaks my heart for any horse she even looks at
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post #80 of 119 Old 11-06-2011, 03:01 AM
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QOS started over at 50.

Nothing wrong with starting over at 50 I know of those that have never ridden a horse and started at 60 plus.
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