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post #21 of 26 Old 11-04-2013, 07:58 AM
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Originally Posted by SammysMom View Post
We won't be going on 5-mile jogs any time soon, but laps around the arena might be a start ;)
Just do it, even if you're only walking at a brisk pace most of the time - your horse won't care either way, and the miles will likely go faster with your "buddy" at your side. ;)

When I started my weightloss journey I walked 5 Kilometers (about 3 miles) every day for months, along with a careful eye on my diet - calorie counting is essential. I was dropping 3 pounds a week and to my amazement I started to look forward to exercise instead of dreading it like I always had.

As you get more fit those miles get easier and easier. Now I can jog those 3 miles nonstop (unfathomable years ago) if I so please. I still fight with my weight and will probably for the rest of my life, but aside from some swings up and down over the years currently I'm only 10 pounds over my ultimate "bottom" weight during my big diet - I've kept nearly 60 pounds of it off 3 years later. I am currently dieting again for 2 reasons - one, we have an upcoming vacation (which is always hard on my waistline), and secondly (and primarily) I'm now leasing a thoroughbred who is a far cry from the stockhorses I've been riding in the past - I know currently I'm "on the fine line" of the 20% rule which is what I personally abide by, and I'm very conscious of the fact that I'm asking a lot of him.

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post #22 of 26 Old 11-04-2013, 09:35 AM
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Even in the rainy season, I would hand-walk him on some trails. His footing will surprise you and you will definitely be slowing him down with your 2-footed efforts to slog through the mud. But you will sure feel the burn! It's good bonding for the two of you and good exercise!
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post #23 of 26 Old 11-04-2013, 10:02 AM
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Honnestly white horses always look thinner in pictures. I think his weight is fine. Like someone else said more mussle tone would be good but that just takes time. Beautiful horse by the way.
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post #24 of 26 Old 11-04-2013, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, Roux, I sure think he's beautiful

Boo and Oshawa, good ideas. It's time to pull my Sorels out of summer retirement ;) and Oshawa, awesome job! The part about starting to look forward to the exercise is super encouraging.

Palomine, I know that halter is terrible, I should have noted in the original post — the picture is from when I first got that halter, and I've adjusted it. It is terrible in that photo.

At what weight will you allow yourself to ride again? What made you decide to stop riding at that weight?

PS, WOW that's heavy tack. My saddle and pad together weigh 18lbs. I'd love a leather trail saddle, but I didn't want the extra weight.
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post #25 of 26 Old 11-04-2013, 12:59 PM
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Same boat. Middle age has caught up to me. That and a 6 year laps in horse ownership.

I was riding my 14.2 Arab at your weight. Mostly trails a few times a week and in Old Mac's. He did fine.

Good for you for identifying you want to lose weight to enjoy your pony more! You can do it!!
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post #26 of 26 Old 11-04-2013, 01:11 PM
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I'll add another vote for walking/jogging with him. Not only is it going to help get both of you in shape, but I think it builds trust.

Also second the idea of lighter tack. I went with a 17 lb Abetta saddle because it was the lightest practical saddle I could find. I'm about 200 lbs, and weight is weight.
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