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post #1531 of 1540 Old 07-30-2017, 05:55 AM
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I`m so thankful that I found this thread.
As a kid I always loved horses, but my mother had (well, she still has of course) servere allergies, so I never rode.
When I was grown up, life had gotten in the way, and I had "forgotten" (read: repressed) my dream of horses.
Until my daughter (she was 7 then) came home from a stable where a friends mother has a beautiful horse and declared that " Now I AM gonna start riding, stop stalling.." (She had talked a bit about it earlier, but I must admit I stalled, both because of my ME and because she never had been around a horse before, so I didn't take it seriously.)
Well, we found a 3 star riding school, and started with drop-in lessons at first. She loved it! So she started real lessons, and still went for the drop-in lessons as well..
Those days were the highlights of my week. I totally fell in love with the pony she rode. (He really are amazing. so gentle with her)
After a while I really really wanted to ride too, but because of my ME I have gained a lot of weight, and even worse, do not have a lot of muscles or a good balanse.
I was absolutely sure I would severely hurt a horse if I sat on it. So I started searching for plus sized riders, and found you.
I have been reading a lot here, building up my hope, and promised myself that if I lost a little weight, I would try to ride.
Now I have been on 4 drop-in lessons (with the kids, yeah I feel a bit stupid, but it`s my only option) and I absolutely love it!
And the fjord I`ve been riding is an absolute angel. (well, an really opinionated one for sure, but still really nice , and with a heart of gold)
Now I am hoping they will start beginner course for grown-ups at the riding school in August, if they do, I`m in!

(sorry about my less than stellar English, English is not my language)
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post #1532 of 1540 Old 07-31-2017, 08:16 AM
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Here is me riding Sparrow a couple years ago, second pic is me on Ivan.
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post #1533 of 1540 Old 07-31-2017, 08:22 AM
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Equine/Bovine congrats on your new horse! She is lovely! My Belgian/saddlebred was 15 hh at 4 yrs old and he matured to 17 hh. I think the drafts grow slower. She may top out at 16+ and she will fill out too. He was sort of "gangly" at 4 yrs old, all head and feet! but by about 7 yrs old he matured beautifully and became very stocky. here is a picture.
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post #1534 of 1540 Old 07-31-2017, 08:27 AM
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Tbrl, I am so glad you stuck with your passion, don't let your weight hold you back. Besides, when you start riding regularly, you will gain muscle and balance.

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post #1535 of 1540 Old 08-01-2017, 10:34 AM
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Thank you. You do have some lovely horses, and you both seems so comfortable together. I hope that one day I get one too
And I will continue to ride. Preferably the fjord, cause she has such easy-to-follow movements, that even I am capable of sitting down on her in trot, and sometimes even go up and down in tact with her movements. And she has a such a comfy saddle. Deep, soft and feels the right size for me.
I hopefully will get some pictures of me riding her sooner or later, but its kinda hard to take pictures of myself. And I can`t ask my daughter to do it for me either, since she is riding herself.
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post #1536 of 1540 Old 10-01-2018, 11:01 AM
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For the longest time I was very self conscious about my weight, especially when riding, but over the past few years have grown to love who I am... I'm glad to have found this interesting thread. I don't have many pics of me riding, but here is one my daughter took about a month ago. And please excuse the dress attire... my daughter was riding her and she started giving some bucking problems, so mom had to jump on and work out the kinks (wearing my leggings and tennis shoes which is what I normally do my barn work in lol)

She's about 15/15.1 hands but built like a tank, and I'm about 5'10.
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post #1537 of 1540 Old 07-28-2019, 04:34 PM
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I will post a pic. I have a hard time with it it because i am in a constant struggle of thinking I am to big for him
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post #1538 of 1540 Old 07-28-2019, 06:25 PM
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I like this idea, and since the thread has been bumped, here's a few of me.

I'd venture a guess that my horses think that packing my plus sized extra pounds around is a pretty good trade for having an owner and rider who is kind and fair, and who takes great care of them. They are pretty happy fellas!

I'll also add one of my husband on his quarter horse. He is 6'4 and more than 250 pounds. I knew his horse when he was owned by a 150 pound, anxious teenage rider,and I know Gus prefers my husband to anyone in the world!
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post #1539 of 1540 Old 07-28-2019, 08:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Cindyl View Post
I will post a pic. I have a hard time with it it because i am in a constant struggle of thinking I am to big for him
You guys look great together!

But I wanted to respond to this because I feel the same way. It gets kind of depressing actually. Sometimes I am on the top of the world with my horse and then she starts tripping or gets a minor injury and then I feel SO GUILTY riding her. I may not ride her for a week or more just to "rest" her because she tripped. Then if ride her and she does awesome and I LOVE to ride so I will want to ride every day. And that's the real me.....I would love to ride almost every day. But if I feel like my horse is even the slightest bit "off" I go into this terrible cycle of guilt and feeling I'm too big for her.

It wasn't too bad when I had 3 horses because I could always rotate. But the young horse was just too much for me and his mother was getting pretty old and stiff. But I was able to rehome them together and I think the are doing great in their new place. But that leaves me with one horse to ride and she's not a big horse either......maybe 14.3, 1100 lbs. So I want to ride so bad and I feel so guilty doing so!

We were cruising along just great until earlier this year when she got some type of lameness about 3 months ago. She is nearly back from that (I hope) but I feel like I have to be so careful and ride her with kid gloves so to speak. It makes me sad.

I wish I could loose weight but each time I try I never seem to be able to stick with it. I did low carb years ago and that worked for me, but now it seems like I can't stick with it for more than a few weeks and the pounds don't drop off like they did the first time.
So I guess I just needed to talk to some people who hopefully understand. The horse's previous owner doesn't think I'm too big for her. My family doesn't think I'm too big for her. But I worry about being too big for her. She's just not a big-boned horse like I wish she was. But we match so well in every other way. Temperment wise, she's perfect for me. I just don't want to hurt her, you know?

I have riders guilt.
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post #1540 of 1540 Old 08-12-2019, 12:08 PM
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I just saw this post and wanted to share some of my photos. My horse (really technically a pony) is 14.1 on a good day lol he is probably about 900lbs? Maybe less and I'm 5'3 and about 185, which is just on the mark I think for that 20% but then with the saddle added and such we are a lot over. I know that I really need to lose weight for him (and for myself) and I am trying to get there, but I tend to think I'm too big for him. He is young and is built really well and the guy I bought him from was taller and larger than me. Newt doesn't seem to trip or have any issues carrying me, but still can't help feeling frustrated about it sometimes. I just hope I don't look overly large on him. Sorry, I know the photos arent the best, but wanted to share.
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