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post #1 of 28 Old 12-10-2013, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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What /is/ plus sized...?

The title pretty much says it all!

No, this is not one of those philosophical, "all women are beautiful" (and men! You're beautiful too ;D) threads... This is a legit question.

I feel like many communities have a different idea of plus sized. Plus sized according to most American stores is US size 14. Plus sized according to the models in the fashion industry is US 6.

So... what is the "riding community's" "plus size"?

The sensitivity of the internet baffles me.
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post #2 of 28 Old 12-10-2013, 05:04 PM
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I noticed that in the English riding world, especially Dressage, there are many super skinny riders, so I can totally understand your question. I've lost a lot of weight since I started riding Dressage; partly because it's a great work-out and partly because I felt fat around all these skinny people (I was a size 8/10). I'm a size 4/6 now and I still feel fat but I blend in more ;)
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That is a very good question!

I've been told that a horse shouldn't carry more than 160-175lbs (rider and tack) from some people. Does that mean that a rider over 140-150 is "plus size?"

Or there's the 20% rule. Does that determine if you're "plus size" for a horse? Or is it a percentage of body fat?

Is plus size dependent on what horse you're riding? Think about it. No one in their right mind would call me too big to ride my gelding (15.3h, 1300 lbs), but plenty of people would say I'm too big for fat pony (13.2h, 900 lbs). I'm 5'9" and 145-150lbs, not consider plus size by the general public... But definitely plus size in the fashion industry.
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post #4 of 28 Old 12-10-2013, 11:44 PM
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What about for men? Men are usually bulkier. I'm 18 and most dudes my age are about 140-180. I weigh 165.
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The title pretty much says it all!

No, this is not one of those philosophical, "all women are beautiful" (and men! You're beautiful too ;D) threads... This is a legit question.

I feel like many communities have a different idea of plus sized. Plus sized according to most American stores is US size 14. Plus sized according to the models in the fashion industry is US 6.

So... what is the "riding community's" "plus size"?
can I ask why you are asking? is it for finding a fitting piece of clothing, or that you don't know how to place yourself, or someone else.?

Plus size used to be OVER 14, but now it is OVER 16 , for a lot of stores.
I see a LOT of fat people in the US. When I went to Italy recently, I did not see hardly ANY fat people. the only fat ones were tourists, like me.

So, in Italy , a size 12 is probably huge, whereas it is average in the US.
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Here is the way I see it. BMI will tell you what you need to know. This chart will tell you what you need to know.

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I agree , the bmi chart is the place to look for determining that.
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I disagree. I know of several people considered plus sized and "obese" by that chart when they are extremely fit individuals with a significant amount of muscle.
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"I" consider myself overweight, but not obese like the BMI states. I am over the 200lb mark unfortunately, but I carry it better than some. I think my BMI is 35, which IS considered obese.

However, that being said I still resort to the 20% rule of thumb for riding.

I have to scoff though after watching the NFR (or reining) and seeing massive guys on horses much too small for them. Not sure why we women get all the criticism ;)

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The title pretty much says it all!

No, this is not one of those philosophical, "all women are beautiful" (and men! You're beautiful too ;D) threads... This is a legit question.

I feel like many communities have a different idea of plus sized. Plus sized according to most American stores is US size 14. Plus sized according to the models in the fashion industry is US 6.

So... what is the "riding community's" "plus size"?
I think it depends- sucky answer, I know :P The modeling industry likely has a much different idea of "plus sized" than a middle aged mom, a skinny 14 year old girl, and stores that sell plus sized clothes. It really depends on the individual person and, unfortunately, the context in which you are asking.
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