Since getting back into riding after taking a long break (I quit riding at age 13 when I attended my first figure skating nationals) this is something that has been in the back of my mind. I am a recovering bulimic (granted only under 2 months into recovery) and I am curious about a few things: Is there any kind of pattern of eating disorders in the English / showjumping world (my primary discipline)? Is there any kind of focus on the rider's size? Has anyone here ever struggled with some kind of struggle with disordered eating?
I am new to the world of showing and these questions are out of curiousity. When I told my therapist I was going to start riding again and showing in the Spring, she wasn't 100% sold on the idea! I find schooling very therapeutic for me, especially sice I am working with a nervous/anxious mare that still has some green in her. I am finding that this is a continuous learning experience for both of us. However, I am not sure what to expect in the show world.
Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to be considerate on this very sensitive issue!
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