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        01-23-2013, 08:54 PM
      #21
    Trained
    Calming Melody -- I would certainly call you a plus-sized rider, but that doesn't mean I think any less of you. I would also call you a brunette that wears glasses between 17 and 20 years old. It's just what you are. So what? If I had to send someone to find you, they need a description.

    But when people insult others about their appearances, that's just wrong. There is a difference between stating what is and calling someone names, whether it be "fatty" or "beanpole" or "four-eyes".

    It's also about how you take it. When I got my glasses in grade school, everyone called me "four-eyes". Keep in mind, I was never popular in the first place, so this just gave them extra to target me with. But, it never stuck. Know why? Because I was just so darn happy to be able to see, they could call me four-eyes all they wanted and I would just smile with the wonderfulness of being a four-eyes. I thought it was great!

    Oh, and I certainly agree - I don't see that you would be hurting your horse. :)
         
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        01-23-2013, 09:31 PM
      #22
    Weanling
    I'm 25
         
        01-23-2013, 09:47 PM
      #23
    Trained
    Well, see there you go! What do I know? What does anyone know just by looking?!
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        01-23-2013, 09:50 PM
      #24
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by NorthernMama    
    Well, see there you go! What do I know? What does anyone know just by looking?!
    Exactly.
         
        01-24-2013, 03:54 AM
      #25
    Weanling
    I think it is wonderful to not be judgmental. People can be excellent riders in all shapes and sizes. However, I hope others won't make the mistake I did and get their horse hurt because they let someone ride the horse who was too large and heavy. It can be difficult, but sometimes you have to hurt someone's feelings by saying they are too big to ride your horse.
         
        01-24-2013, 12:22 PM
      #26
    Started
    Gottatrot...I agree with you about letting others ride your horse. We used to have a family member-by-marriage who would comment "We'll have to come out and ride the horses." I would just let the comment go by. Why do people think because you have horses you are running a riding stable, anyway? But as the owner and caretaker of the animal you have to make the call as to the suitability of the rider to the horse...and horse to rider. And sometimes that call won't make you very popular.
    What we now say is, while grinning, "Well, one you really don't want to ride, one is green and the gelding really hates riding in the pasture," which actually is all true. Solves the issue and helps with liability.
         
        01-24-2013, 12:30 PM
      #27
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gottatrot    
    I think it is wonderful to not be judgmental. People can be excellent riders in all shapes and sizes. However, I hope others won't make the mistake I did and get their horse hurt because they let someone ride the horse who was too large and heavy. It can be difficult, but sometimes you have to hurt someone's feelings by saying they are too big to ride your horse.
    I don't see why it is difficult, it is not a condemnation of their size, it is just that they are not a good match for the horse you have. To me it is the same as matching ability and temperament
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        01-24-2013, 12:36 PM
      #28
    Trained
    I believe plus size starts at size 14 FWIW.

    For all those women, 154 isn't enough weight for me to hesitate in saying they could ride or not. Their heighs play a bigger factor in my eyes in terms of the size of horse - the shortest woman and the tallest women would likely feel comfortable on a different range of horses.
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        01-24-2013, 02:53 PM
      #29
    Showing
    I don't pass opinions on obese people. But I do see a bunch of health issues lining up at the door all yelling "pick me, pick me".
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        01-24-2013, 05:27 PM
      #30
    Weanling
    I guess I'm pretty lucky. I am 5' 7 and 3/4" (have not seen a 5'7" here so far) and weigh around 135-145 lbs. I have not weighed myself in about five months, though, so that is why I gave a 10 lbs range. My legs are long, and I have a shortish torso. People have called me "tiny" and "skinny". I just see myself as normal. The only thing I don't like about my body is that it could be more toned and muscular, especially in the arms. Nothing 50 push-ups a day won't solve, as I build muscle very easily. :) Also, having an hour-glass figure helps with feeling better, too. XD

    Threads like this used to bug me, but they don't anymore, and I really appreciate them now. I have struggled with anorexia since I was eight years old (I am sixteen now), and I was even rehabilitated for three months in Arizona at a place called Remuda Ranch. I'm doing so much better now, and I am happy to say that I can read this thread without feeling crummy.

    Anyways, that little tangent was off-topic-ish. Sorry, heh heh....

    My older sister wants to ride with me sometime before she goes to Poland for a year. I would love to do that with her, but she is six feet tall with redwood legs, and the only horse big enough for her is mine, and he is NOT safe for someone with so little experience as she. (The funny thing is, as tall as she is, she is so skinny! She only weighs around 150 lbs.) The only other horse available (out of the thirty-something horses at the farm) is a 14.3hh, sixteen year old mare named Brandy. Not that her name has anything to do with anything. But I am worried that my sister simply will not fit. I'll have to ask around and see if there is a horse that is big enough for her.
         

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