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post #11 of 19 Old 03-07-2016, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, Mulefeather, for your encouraging words. I only need to refrain from riding until June to make sure my fracture has full chance to heal. I am hoping beyond hope to avoid surgery! Will know more at the end of this month when I go back for follow up X-rays...

Otherwise, I'd have hopped right back up on that guy as soon as I was tossed!
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post #12 of 19 Old 03-07-2016, 09:27 PM
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Also, note that there is a whole section on this forum for "Plus Size Riders" and everyone is supremely supportive.

yes, come on over to the "fluffy" side, we have cookies (which we aren't supposed to enjoy)
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OK, truth, fitness is more important than weight, the fitter you are the better rider you are, so it helps to work on that.....not at the moment though, I know what multiple broken and cracked ribs feel like.

As the weight, well I guess I would be lying if I said that I didn't think it had an affect on stability, but does it have an affect on injury, who knows?

I am a plus size rider, and in 2013 I took 2 falls, one was not due to my weight, but my inexperience, and an over the top reaction from my horse, was trying a trot/canter transition, and I caught him in the mouth, he responded by broncing, and I came off over his shoulder, kind bounced, just lost some skin, picked up some bruises, but got back on and rode him, just walk and trot.

One week later, I went to get on him again, was standing on a mounting block, put foot in stirrup, felt saddle slip....could be weight related not sure what happened, but I woke up with the ambulance there, as they got me out of what was later described as "the impact crater" I don't honestly know if my weight contributed to that, or the height that he sent me, and the speed that I hit....and I was badly broken.

After that I started riding in a safety vest, and I fell off wearing it last year, I think my weight did contribute to that fall, I was already leaning forward and down when he spooked, and I could not recover it, but the vest meant I bounced.

My current mare, she is spooky, but so far the worst that has happened is I have lost my stirrups, but I have stayed with her every time, but she is a very honest girl, she spooks, then she realises that I am off balance, so she moves back under me, love her.

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Oh, yikes, Golden Horse! That sounds utterly terrifying. Glad to hear you escaped from your falls relatively unscathed, and that you are still doing the activity that you love!

I started researching the safety vests today; I think once I get back to riding I'm going to start wearing one.
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I started researching the safety vests today; I think once I get back to riding I'm going to start wearing one.
Highly recommend, broken ribs are the pits, and I don't want to put up with them again. Also the unexpected bonus, a good vest hides the bounce of the 'knockersaplenty' something that I was self conscious of....Highly recommend the Airowear Outlyne

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One of the best riders I've seen in real life is overweight. Her horse once decided to jump out of the school (1.2m fence) onto concrete from a standstill. All we heard is the sound of a galloping horse and a minute later she walks in on a loose rein, cool as a cucumber, to a round of applause. She then continues chatting to her friend as if nothing happened. She is not even a jumper, she is a dressage rider and that is the only time I've seen her jump.
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One of the best riders I've seen in real life is overweight. Her horse once decided to jump out of the school (1.2m fence) onto concrete from a standstill. All we heard is the sound of a galloping horse and a minute later she walks in on a loose rein, cool as a cucumber, to a round of applause. She then continues chatting to her friend as if nothing happened. She is not even a jumper, she is a dressage rider and that is the only time I've seen her jump.
I bet being a dressage rider makes her an ultra-balanced one!! I'm going to incorporate yoga into my exercise routine once I'm out of this sling to add to my balance.

I'm about ready to die from boredom, and it's only been 5 days since my fall! I have to be in the sling for 4 weeks, with no driving this week

In November we moved to a house that's coincidentally a mile away from the barn where I ride (we used to live 30 minutes + away); it is killing me not to be over there. Especially since the weather this week will be perfect - mid-60s/low 70s

Ah, well. This too, shall pass, I guess!
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I bet being a dressage rider makes her an ultra-balanced one!! I'm going to incorporate yoga into my exercise routine once I'm out of this sling to add to my balance.

I'm about ready to die from boredom, and it's only been 5 days since my fall! I have to be in the sling for 4 weeks, with no driving this week

In November we moved to a house that's coincidentally a mile away from the barn where I ride (we used to live 30 minutes + away); it is killing me not to be over there. Especially since the weather this week will be perfect - mid-60s/low 70s

Ah, well. This too, shall pass, I guess!
Look at it this way: you have the perfect excuse to skip over moody mares, silly geldings, fiery stallions and general craziness of spring. I saw a brood mare that is about to pop any day now do some impressive airs-above-ground today
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post #19 of 19 Old 03-08-2016, 05:00 PM
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no,. you aren't imagining it. if you are heavy, and especially heavy around the tummy and boobs, then your center of gravity is higher by an inch or two, and that can make all the difference in the world when a hosre props and spins.
On the other hand, I think guys like me (technically overweight by BMI, but most of it in the chest & shoulders) are going to have a much higher center of gravity than most women. And I haven't fallen off that often.
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