Hi! I'm new! :D
I just stumbled on this site a few days ago and decided to do some poking around - I have had horses my whole life until the last 4.5 years (when my daughter was conceived) and am now ready to get back in the saddle but have been feeling really self-conscious because I have gained a lot of weight. But seeing you all and reading your stories has given me the boost I needed to feel like it's ok for me to be riding again, so I wanted to say thanks for being here! I hope I can join in your community. =)
just take is slow when getting back to riding
welcome to the forum:) great you're getting back to riding!:)
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Welcome to the forum :)
take your time and ride when u are raedy
Riding doesn't just belong to the skinny! *evil laughter* Ok, so most of the time it does. But, as a 'more to love' rider myself, I say let them! I can still ride better :-p. Ok, not really, but thats besides the point. Lol. (Sorry had caffeine today.) I'm actually pregnant, plus sized, and I ride 1-2 times a week.
Riding is a great way to loose weight, or maintain weight loss. It is also a great stress relief. Take it slowly getting back into it, find a good solid horse, and be free!
Thanks everyone =)
You know, it's funny - I am not nervous of riding at all. I have ridden at this weight before and not had a problem. I think I am nervous because my last mare was a mutton withered, croup high morab and she was obviously uncomfortable being ridden - but I really think it was more that no saddle in the world fit her properly and didn't get driven into her shoulders than my weight, which she didn't seem to have an issue with, but I have always wondered if the saddle fit would have mattered if I were lighter. I also tried a 13.3 Haflinger out a couple years ago at a heavier weight than I am now and though the owner of the sales barn where I rode him seemed to think he had no problems carrying my 260 lbs around, I felt he did. So I think I am more worried about going and trying horses than actually riding - or even going to try a horse and having someone tell me I am too fat to try their horse - but this weekend I am going to try a 15H Haflinger who is built like a tank and a 15H Arab and hopefully it will be a good experience =) My daughter is very interested in learning to ride now, so I am excited to get back into it too.
Welcome! I totally understand where you're coming from. After I had my daughter (2 and a half years ago) I was hammered with post partum depression. I was heavier after giving birth then I was at 9 months pregnant, and no part of me wanted to mount a horse. Especially my lovely horses, who had been used to me 100 lbs lighter... I had 5 horses at the time and had to take care of them, even if I didn't ride them. Eventually THEY convinced me to start being me again. THEY wanted to ride, even if it meant they had to lug my big 'ol self around. And they were persistent.
I ended up getting a Percheron weanling because I thought she'd have no problem with my weight when she got big enough to ride. And that was the start. I started riding everyday. And on my way home from trail rides, I dismount and walk my horse the last mile or half mile. Then they get a cool down, and I get a little more exercise. I've lost all of that weight, finally. I am back to my "before pregnancy" weight... I started in the spring of this year, and have only slowed down because of weather. But we still go out and ride, just not every day.
My horses are so great to have helped me through that time. And I honestly think that in most cases, all someone needs is a little time with a horse. I have offered my horses as shoulders for people to cry on countless times... And they are fantastic little therapists :)
Sorry for the novel. Welcome to the forum! And good luck with your search for a horsey friend. You won't regret it!
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