Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Good question. DON'T judge the physique of equestrians by the catalogs that sell us show clothes. They are ALL models, and we can tell by the way they handle the reins, etc. of the horses in the pictures, LOL!
Judges prefer riders that aren't pudgy bc it is an athletic endeavor. Probably the closest athletic look is that of sprinters. However, Endurance riders spend a great deal of time walking in front, or letting their horses pull them up steep slopes by the tail, so they look a lot more than long distance runners.
Even though we ride, we all spend mucho hours on the ground, grooming, cleaning stalls, moving cavaletti, jumps, barrels and other contraptions for training.
The equine/human accessory industry still tries to sell us stuff that doesn't fit--too small--and the best example is hunt boots. Hardly anybody has the calves to fit "thin" width boots, even if they barely weigh over 100 lbs. The ones on clearance are ALWAYS that size!! Our calves are muscled.
I think you'll feel very much at home with equestrians. Nobody is winning ribbons bc they wear size 0 jeans! It's much more how you perform and how you handle and treat your horse than how you look, in our world.
Almost forgot--George Morris has a favorite exercise for riders in his book, Hunter Seat Equitation. Push yourself away from the table (when you're full.)
Good luck with that mare!
Last edited by Corporal; 11-17-2012 at 12:56 PM.