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post #21 of 40 Old 09-25-2014, 10:24 AM
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Don't be discouraged by your weight gain, make sure you get bloodwork done to make sure you aren't fighting another kind of battle.

I'm going to purchase P90 to get my butt in gear, but the suggestion to eat as if you have Type 2 is an excellent idea.

Are you an emotional eater? If so, try and limit what you can grab at home. Stock your fridge with the good kinds of snacks and throw out (or give away) the sweets. So much easier said than done, but remember how you feel after you eat junk food. (It won't always stop you, but it helps)

Allow yourself a cheat day, don't blow your entire diet that day... But just eat a piece of junk food or two.

Good luck with your search for a new horse. The fact you are concerned that you're too big for him will weigh on your mind whenever you ride him (even if you were fine) and will turn riding into a chore instead of enjoyment.

Fiona takes care of me and I'm a careful rider, but I'm still incredibly self conscious to the point it'll sap any fun I'm having if she acts a tiny bit off. Saddle fits, but I am upwards of 200lbs and last thing I want to do is hurt her with a careless jump.

Keep your head up, good luck!!!

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post #22 of 40 Old 09-25-2014, 10:52 AM
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If you're really working out hard and eating right and not seeing results, maybe you should speak to your doctor about other options?

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post #23 of 40 Old 09-30-2014, 03:59 PM
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OP -- He seems like such a darling pony, would keeping him as a pasture pal for your next horse be a financial option? I see why you hate to see him go!
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post #24 of 40 Old 09-30-2014, 04:08 PM
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you know I may catch flak for this, but I have been told by more than one vet if your just plodding 1-2 times per week for 10-15 minutes on flat ground, not doing anything like running/ jumping a person at my weight which is more than yours could ride a 13 hand ish stocky pony to keep it in shape and it wouldn't kill the pony. but only for short times 1-2 times a week, more could wear the pony out. I never rode a pony when I was a kid, and when we buy one for my daughter I plan on test riding it first. I agree you could keep him/ drive him if the money part of it made sense, and look for a bigger horse to ride, but if you hop on him 1-2 times a week and just walk around for 15 min or so the pony shouldn't have too many issues from it

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post #25 of 40 Old 10-01-2014, 08:19 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone. I have tried the diabetic weight loss in the past for several months and it didn't change anything. With September just ending it looks as though I end this month with a 12lb weight gain. I had blood work done and everything came back normal. :(

Also I sold Stormy, a guy came out with a harness and cart and Stormy took to it like it was second nature, even though in the 4yrs I have had him I have never driven him. He knew his stuff. We took him on a trail ride downtown pass trucks, motorcycles and four wheelers. Took him off road down four wheeler trails. Nothing upset him and I even think he was more relaxed being driven than ridden. So he leaves this weekend. :(
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post #26 of 40 Old 10-01-2014, 03:26 PM
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I'm sure this was a tough decision, but it could be for the best ): He'll be doing something he's really suited for, and without any unnecessary strain.

On a side note, I absolutely applaud you for putting your horse's well being before your own desires and feelings, and taking this criticism so graciously. <3

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post #27 of 40 Old 10-03-2014, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, it means a lot. It really hurt to watch him leave today and listen to my mini mare whinny to him constantly. Poor thing. I hope to find a replacement soon but with a $700 budget it seems unlikely. :( But chin up right!
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post #28 of 40 Old 10-04-2014, 11:30 PM
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You never know! I hope the right horse comes along (:

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post #29 of 40 Old 10-07-2014, 02:00 AM
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You did the right thing - it sounds like he found a great new home and job that will both be appropriate for him physically and appreciate all his talents and training.
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post #30 of 40 Old 10-07-2014, 02:54 PM
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Wow, good for you. You should be PROUD of yourself for doing the best thing. I've seen way too many people on unsuitable horses that refuse to even admit that.

Stormy will be very happy as a driving horse!

Don't be disappointed about the budget. I have 3 FANTASTIC horses. 2 I got for free (one from a neighbor and one through our vet/trainer) and the one I did buy was $700 off craigslist. My only advice would be to find someone experienced to go with you, esp if you're looking somewhere like craigslist. When I bought my guy of craigslist I was 18 and experienced for my age. I went with a friend (for company really) later on my mother (a fellow horse person), my father went with me (for company) to pick him up and I sent pictures to my trainer who loved him.

Always get a PPE (Pre Purchase Exam). ALWAYS.

I would look for a horse ~15hh and stocky a little smaller would be ok too if the build is right. Or look for something like a Haflinger, or a cob type horse. They would be perfect if you found the right one. They could easily carry someone far heavier than you.

I agree with talking to the Dr, even if the bloodwork is normal sounds like something is a little off.
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