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        01-20-2013, 03:29 PM
    Oh. Okay. I get what you're trying to say, I think. If RiderA looks overweight and RiderB looks slim, even though they are the same weight, RiderB is not questioned about weight. Ah.
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        01-20-2013, 04:30 PM
    Also when it comes to riding, look at the length of the second ladies legs, built like a rider for sure!
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        01-22-2013, 03:49 AM
    Personally... I wouldnt find any of these ladies too heavy to ride.
    When I get worried about rider's weight, and start feeling quite passionately about the topic, I'm certainly thinking in more extremes.
    I really hope none of these girls consider themselves plus-size. They are not the definition of that word in my personal understanding. Which is substantiated in my mind by the fact that they weigh the national average, no matter what their height is.
        01-22-2013, 04:00 AM
    This thread makes me life because I have been called a "plus" sized rider ...I know I am chunky (and only like 5'1!)but plus size ,come on now ! I'm not hurting my horses ! Of course the person that said this doesn't even ride horses , but is enrolled at the college I go to and is from somewhere up north and skinny as a twig lol.....to each their own ! Sorry had to post pictures , I always love a good chance to show off my Cash !!
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        01-22-2013, 05:29 AM
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    Originally Posted by NorthernMama    
    Oh. Okay. I get what you're trying to say, I think. If RiderA looks overweight and RiderB looks slim, even though they are the same weight, RiderB is not questioned about weight. Ah.
    But rider B would be questioned if the horse wasn't up to that weight, personally I'm only interested in the overall weight bearing on the horse's back and joints (and that includes long legs hanging down). A shorter person who weighs the same has a higher centre of balance and so might be more easily unbalanced but if the weight is the same then that is the thing which shoud be considered.
        01-22-2013, 08:39 AM
    I agree that what society (hollywood) considers normal is usually too thin. I think another thing that is interesting....I've been heavy and I've been thin in my life. When I was heavy people never said anything really negative more supportive. If I mentioned I needed to lose weight people would respond "are you exercising, maybe we could go for walks together, I need to lose some too." Being thinner people got nasty!!! " you're too thin, you need to gain weight....You're nothing but skin and bones....Are you eating enough...Do you have an eating disorder?" nothing supportive, not anything kind. And these were my friends/family/coworkers!!! And no I was not too thin. I'm tall and have a very small bone structure. I was always a little heavier in my teens and young adult life, then I fell in love with running. So I was muscular and strong!! People can be just be mean in general about other's bodies!
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        01-22-2013, 10:52 AM
    The point wasn't to say any of these ladies are over or underweight, the point is that they all weigh the same.

    If you didn't know their weights then I really don't think that you would have guessed them as all being equal.

    While I'm guessing, I would guess that some of them have been called overweight, or feel overweight.

    I'm guessing that they all find different challenges in finding clothes that fit.

    I'm guessing that they all eat very differently.

    Clava, I wonder how often people consider all those things?

    This is not an attack on the skinny or a justification for the fat, it is merely a lovely eye opener and though provoker about judging peoples weight by eye.
        01-22-2013, 11:03 AM
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    Originally Posted by Golden Horse    

    Clava, I wonder how often people consider all those things?

    That I don't know, but I have seen posts where people have thought that longer legged riders (sometimes men) look acceptable on some horses and given weights which I have felt were in excess of the horse's ability, so yes I'm sure you are right and the taller rider is often viewed as less of a problem, but that is not how I would assess them.
        01-23-2013, 12:53 PM
    I think pretty much all riding schools that I'm aware of ask a person's weight and height when they start riding there, I know some people tell porkies but you can usually rough guess someone's weight. As long as the horse they are riding is right for their height and weight it doesn't matter how that person looks so much. I think a person needs to be self aware when buying their own horse though, it's no good buying a horse that is just too small or big for you.

    I'm quite lucky as I'm very slim and long legged at 5' 6" so I can ride most from 14-16hh happily. I don't think I would want to ride any bigger to be honest but aesthetically I probably look better at the bigger end of things because of the length of my legs but I generally feel better on 15hh as 16hh can feel pretty huge if it's a really chunky horse, not to mention I like the nippiness of ponies compared to the plod of big heavy beasts. :)
        01-23-2013, 08:43 PM
    I certainly wouldn't have guessed that they all weigh the same.

    Overweight is a measure of the body weight to height and structure. Whether it can ever be an objective measurement or only subjective, I don't know. The first and third ladies are definitely overweight. Some of the others are not toned out with six-packs but are they overweight? Hmmm... possibly, but muscles weigh more than fat and skin, so if you only go by weight it's a tough call. And when standing relaxed, I've meet many people whom I first thought were out of shape only to find out it was all muscle, not fat at all. So, appearances can be deceiving, but there are definitely lots and lots of situations where it is very easy to say "overweight" or "underweight".

    Plus, sometimes there is some amazing muscle and control underneath the fat. I no longer judge someone's abilities in all situations just based on how (s)he looks.
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