I am not thin.
I will never be thin.
Mostly because I have the skeletal constitution of a bison no thanks to my family. This is apparently a problem in the equestrian world, because if you’re not 130 pounds soaking wet, you are judged hard. And it’s also apparently “difficult for bigger people to find balance on a horse”. So, that logical statement right there completely discounts the two professional horsemen I trained with that said I was a natural rider and had an excellent seat.
It will probably be an issue for me for years to come, and others will make an issue out of it. I will never “look good” on a horse, but that doesn’t mean I can’t ride.
Now, if anybody wants to draw a bison riding a horse, please feel free.
A natural/effective rider ALWAYS looks better than one who isn’t.
If you are an effective rider or a correct rider and people tell you you’re doing something wrong/don’t look right because of your weight, those people aren’t qualified to judge equitation. Equitation isn’t judged on the riders body type. Equitation doesn’t require a rider to be any one size.
PEOPLE judge body type. In my observation, the people who are rudest about weight in the equestrian world are those who know little about effective riding or correct eq… the only thing they are confident judging is the superficial. Their opinions are are meaningless as their “knowledge”.
Just my opinion on this… equitation and weight are not dependent on each other. A heavier rider with correct eq will always look better and ride more effectivley than a smaller rider with crappy eq, or even mediocre eq. Pretty is as pretty does and being effective is always wonderful to watch, no matter the size of the rider.
Reblogging this for GREAT JUSTICE. Or something.