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Randella 07-08-2012 08:53 AM

Fat Girl Dilemma
 
So basically, I'm a fat girl horse trainer. I usually train the larger horses, as I have almost as much weight to throw around as they do, lol. But I have, in the past, trained TBs, Warmbloods, Arabs, etc.

Funny combo, no?

I'm 5'8ish and about 225lbs. Pretty solid woman here. However, I am all boobs, and thighs. The boobs are God given, the thighs are from riding :p

I recently started teaching lessons to a few friends, and a few people from my barn. It's something I have fun doing, and something that I feel like if I find the right kind of clientèle (people who don't judge me based on my size of course), I have an actual chance of making it!

I've had an inquiry from a total outside 3rd party (so they've never met me before), and they seem very nice. They're looking for someone to put a miles on their 5 year old Fjord mare for their kids while also giving their kids lessons on their older horse.

I really want to say yes, and get my business kicked off and running, but I'm not sure if they'll be so accepting of a larger trainer, particularly on their 14.3h pony.

First and foremost, I'm worried about the pony vs my fat butt!

So what does everyone think? Will this pony be able to pack my arse around? Should I say yes? Input please!

MySerenity 07-08-2012 09:10 AM

they say a horse can carry 15-20% of its weight so he'd have to weigh around 1100 lbs to carry you (?) Fjords are pretty stout ponies. I've seen them carrying around good sized adult men. I have a feeling you might be ok but I'd like to hear other peoples opinions as well. That's a good stout breed. My friend used to weigh around 200 and she was looking into buying one cuz if you fall off you are closer to the ground =)

Best of luck with your training business!

stephshark 07-08-2012 05:21 PM

Must be nice to be all boobs, haha! The easiest thing to do might be to just place a quick call to your vet- they should be able to give you a fairly reassuring answer. Good luck with your training business! :)

Randella 07-08-2012 05:26 PM

Ahaha, sometimes it's not! Keeping those elbows bent is really hard with the girls always in the way! :p

I did give my vet a call, and she said as long as the mare is healthy, and doesn't have any hoof issues, that I should be just fine.

However, I would like some other opinions! :)

tinyliny 07-08-2012 06:03 PM

Fjords are small horses, not ponies, really. LIke Icelandics, they can carry much more weight in porportion to their height. I think the hores would be fine.

Randella 07-08-2012 06:11 PM

That's the idea I'm getting, so I think I'm going to go for it! :)

NorthernMama 07-08-2012 06:19 PM

Plus the saddle fit and size for proper weight distribution has a huge impact on how much a horse can carry. Make sure the saddle fits properly. I think you should be fine though.

Randella 07-08-2012 06:20 PM

From what I understand, the mare has her own, custom tack.

tinyliny 07-08-2012 06:21 PM

It's good that you are taking this into realistic consideration. There ARE horses who would be overburdened by your weight (and mine, for that matter). But there are others who will be ok. As far as training and riding as a big girl, we just have to walk the walk and be as self confident about our skills as if we were of a "typical" size. I am not an expert rider by any means, but not one of my friends has any lack of respect for me as a rider due to my being tubby.

Randella 07-08-2012 06:25 PM

Thanks Tiny!

I realize that being a little heavier, I do have limitations and so will each horse I come across in life, and there are going to be people who wouldn't want me training their horses, or teaching lessons based only on my size. However, I know that I'm an experienced (not an expert by any means), rider who wants to share my knowledge with other people, and keep on learning!


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