SparkPeople RiderPlus: Horseback Riders Breaking Stereotypes Team Messageboard For those of us who love horses and horseback riding (and are darn good at it, too!) but do not and may never fit the stereotypes set by the majority of horseback riders. SparkPeople RiderPlus: Horseback Riders Breaking Stereotypes Team Messageboard Fitness challenge starts august 5 I Think we need some activity on this team so Going to post a challenge to start august 5 2013. This Monday. <BR> Watch your sparkmail and posts later today! Fri, 2 Aug 2013 09:48:34 EST Healthfood store (my horse is NOT spoiled right?) It's lunch, I walked to healthfood store (not good idea, but...) The first display was little carrots with the tops on! Had to get those (no clue how much)... got 2 boxes of Yogi Tea (licorice and vanilla-hazelnut) and then... 2 snickerdoodle cookies (they have been eaten and put in my calorie count)... <BR> <BR> As the order was ringing up I looked -- $3.99 for those carrots! Of course I laughed but kept them in the bag -- since moving to Montana from California, these were the first ca... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 14:57:55 EST Is anyone alive out there? Is anyone still going along and working towards their goals? this board seems to be have forgotten!!!! How are things going? Have goals been reached? How are your horses ? Someone anyone??? Christine Fri, 26 Jul 2013 12:27:44 EST Where is everyone from? Thought it would be fun to see where everyone lives, might have a chance to ride together with other "sparkies" I am 64 , don"t own my own horse ,but I lease one at a barn where there are mostly young girls...would really like someone closer to my age to ride with from time to time...I am from the Lebanon/Lancaster/ Hershey area of PA Sat, 13 Apr 2013 12:41:56 EST horse escape artist Okay, I hope this works, but this video is quite funny with one smart horse <BR> <BR> http://www.wimp/com/smarthorse/ <link>www.wimp/com/smarthorse/ </link> <BR> as usual that doesn't work..... <BR> <BR> try this one <link> </link> <BR> <BR> And here is another cute one <link> </link> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 19:46:54 EST Maryland Horse Expo Anyone else live in the Maryland/Pensylvania area planning to hit the horse expo in Timonium? <BR> <BR> My husband and I have our list and we're checking it twice and we're going to head up after our financial peace class. Really looking forward to going! So glad the weather is nice! Sat, 19 Jan 2013 08:26:36 EST Helloooo! Hi, my name is Meagan and I'm new to the group. Does anyone still visit this forum? It looks like it's been ages since anyone has posted anything! I hope we can get things going again, I love meeting new horse-obsessed people like myself. <em>20</em> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 15:53:53 EST Riding Again - Motivation for Health I've riden twice a week for two weeks now. Yesterday I even rode for two hours! The muscles are objecting less and I'm "getting my seat" back again. I found a book called "Riding Fitness" through Amazon, written by an Olympic equestrien, and most of the exercises I can do at home with very limited equipment like a posture ball or a balance board. To my surprise, I am finding myself actually doing them ... and even riding my stationary bike while watching TV shows. I'm even working out a meal ... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 12:31:13 EST Plus-size clothing for riding Now that I am getting back in the saddle ... Does anyone have advice on a good source for plus-size pants for Western riding, as well as Western boots with wider calf sizes, that won't cost a full paycheck? I'm going to be trail riding with overgrown branches, etc., so I want some leg protection. I've looked locally in 1-2 places here in Houston but the selection is limited and the prices are absurd. <BR> <BR> I've got some Western paddock boots and I guess I can wear my English half-chaps ... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 10:34:02 EST Ready to Ride Again Hi, I just found this group and coincidentally, have reached the goal at which I'm ready to ride again. I grew up riding several times a week but have only been able to do so occasionally as an adult. Now I'm 57 and if I'm going to do it again, it is time! When we moved last summer, we deliberately moved fairly close to a stable with a great natural green area for riding, so I don't have the excuse of "it's too far away" any longer. I don't have my own horse but at least I can get outside and... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 15:47:55 EST Just having fun My horse and I played "musical cones". I had 4 cones set-up in a square, and Neptune would circle outside of the cones...transitioning between walk, trot and canter..also changing directions. Each time I would say whoa, he'd go to the nearest cone and touch it (taking a rest). He really seemed to enjoy this game and so did was fun. <BR> <BR> Anybody else doing fun things with their horse(s)? Sat, 14 Apr 2012 11:49:46 EST Up and Running Let's try to get this team up and running again! <BR> <BR> Anyone with me? Sat, 26 Nov 2011 11:21:34 EST IS ANYONE OUT THERE???? I see a few blogs, but nothing posted on the boards. <BR> <BR> We need to get this team moving again. I confess, I've been absent, also. <BR> <BR> Autumn is coming and great times for riding in the crunchy leaves!!! <BR> <BR> Anyone have any ideas on how to wake everyone up? <BR> <BR> Let me know!!1 <BR> <BR> <BR> Sheila Tue, 16 Aug 2011 07:53:29 EST Riding in Western PA 1. English or Western: Western primarily, but I have been known to dabble in both. <BR> <BR> 2. Breed(s) of horse: Arabian... she's 7/8 Arabian Palomino. What she lacks in brains she makes up for in beauty and personality. <BR> <BR> 3. Mix grass or Alfalfa: Mixed grass. Prefer 1st cut timothy. She's an EASY keeper. <BR> <BR> 4: Rider or just lover: Both of course! I ride a couple times a week and love 'em every day. <BR> <BR> 5: Horses, spoiled or not: SPOILED!!! No doubt! <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 14:52:45 EST Your favorite rump Post pictures of your favorite horses rump here. Thu, 2 Jun 2011 12:52:25 EST Let's try something new Let's play "You do it" or "Someone else does it." <BR> <BR> I'll start with a chore, you post whether you do it or someone else does, then you add a different chore. <BR> <BR> First chore: Cleaning tack <BR> <BR> I do it! <BR> <BR> Next? Sat, 28 May 2011 01:51:27 EST How do you get your horses ready for riding? Hi All, <BR> <BR> I am curious to know what you guys do to get your horses ready for riding season? I am aware that some of you may be able to ride all year (luckies!), but those of us in the Midwest generally give up the winter months.(Ok, unless you have an indoor arena you can use and the winter is somewhat kind). I used to ride a bit in the winter, on those few balmy days where it was kinda nice to be in the woods on a trail, but recently have missed those opportunities. We live on a sma... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 00:31:54 EST Hello? Anyone still out there? It appears this group has been inactive for a while - are you still with us? Post a few lines about what you are up to and what your goals are for 2011 Tue, 8 Feb 2011 14:13:19 EST Rider at heart, and the reason for Spark! Hi ya'll! <BR> <BR> I hope this team is still active . . . . I just joined spark about a week ago and I loving it. One of my main motivators is to be a better rider. I ride about twice a week and participate in Horse Agility (unmounted) with my four-legged partner, Griffin. Its a blast being an equestrian but I know I can do better by him. <BR> <BR> So what brought you here? Sat, 5 Feb 2011 04:55:39 EST Just had to celebrate! Just weighed myself... <BR> I've lost 12 lbs in the last two weeks!! I've only just begun my journey, so this may be water weight, but I'm psyched all the same. :D <BR> Just had to share... Wed, 19 May 2010 15:01:23 EST Fresh Meat! ;) Hi there! I'm Amber and I'm new to SparkPeople. This site looks like a really great tool to use on the epic journey I've just begun. <BR> <BR> I've always been a horse-lover and rode on occasional trail rides with friends and family growing up, but it wasn't until January of 2009 at the age of 25 that I finally gave myself the opportunity to take the horseback riding lessons I've always wanted since I was a little girl. I rode for about a year and unfortunately financial difficulties mad... Wed, 12 May 2010 11:26:29 EST Hi Hi im Jenn Just wanted to say hi to everyone, New to both spark and the team here so Just thought Id introduce myself. :) Tue, 13 Apr 2010 20:57:58 EST Goals My main goal is to get healthier, and lose weight to prevent injury during riding. When I stopped riding 6 years ago, I stopped working my core muscles. My weight also ballooned when I didn't have horses in my life. Now that I have a horse again, I want to be lighter on her back, and a stronger more confident rider. My new horse Tearra has also not been ridden for awhile so the immediate goal for both of us is to ease our way back into shape. Every 10 pounds of weight loss, I am going to... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 11:43:57 EST Defining Your Goals & Rewards I just thought it would be interesting to look at everyone's goals - horse related, weight related, and otherwise. <BR> <BR> For me? I'm on this whole dang weight loss journey because I want to become a more effective rider - and improve my quality of life. <BR> <BR> I'm aiming for 180, with a short range goal of 250 (as of this writing, I'm at 276). At 180, I plan to buy myself a new Textan show saddle so I can show my palomino and white colt under saddle - at my current weight, I don't fe... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 09:51:45 EST Back in the Saddle I am an avid rider and lover of all horse things. I had had horses most all my life, and 6 years ago had to give it up. My 84 year old grandmother had to sell her property and I had to give up my horses, because I could not afford the board of another place. <BR> <BR> I have felt incomplete and unhappy these last 6 years. My weight ballooned as I found comfort in food, and not fully understanding why I let myself get so heavy. In these last 9 months on Spark I have realized how much I mi... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 14:37:04 EST A Far Girl, A Fat Horse blog Check out this blog for some great information on plus sized riding!! Lots of excellent and well researched information, as well as inspiration and fitness tips. <link> </link> Mon, 1 Feb 2010 16:39:31 EST SP Newbie Horse Pro (once) Hello horse lovers! <BR> I'm 25yo and I live in Minnesota. <BR> I grew up riding and showing QH and Paints. I worked on a horse farm that had 10 resident horses and 20 boarding or training horses. <BR> I can honestly say that I would LOVE to spend my days pitching stalls and hauling hay and water buckets. I honestly and truely loved it. <BR> Growing up, my bus would drop me off at this farm and I would clean the entire lower barn (stalls, feed, buckets and breezeway) and in return, I could p... Thu, 10 Dec 2009 12:47:24 EST I used to ride and want to again! Hello, my name is Cher. I noticed this site on another sparkmembers page and decided to check it out. I think I'm going to like it here! I have a lot of wt. to lose and I think that once the first 40 is gone I will treat myself to riding lessons. Thu, 29 Oct 2009 10:39:43 EST Weekend Riding Plans? Hey! Anyone have any exciting riding plans for the weekend? Fri, 2 Oct 2009 17:07:12 EST What style of riding do you do? Hi All! <BR> <BR> I'm curious about what styles of riding we all do! How long have you been riding? Do you show or compete? <BR> <BR> I ride primarily western and do some trail riding. However, I'd like to get into dressage. I've been riding off and on for the last 20 years with about a 12 year break in the middle I've shown in the past, when I was in high school years and years ago and I hope to get back into showing eventually. Mon, 28 Sep 2009 16:52:57 EST I'm large and I ride... Hi. I weigh a wopping 220! Right at the moment, I don't ride, but when I do ride, I can only ride 16+hh horses. That's my preffrence and the only size I feel will hold me. I need to lose baby weight that I've had since 2004. But, I'm going to do it, baby!! Sun, 19 Jul 2009 18:47:49 EST Heyo! Hey! This is lopenlead from the FiSH forum! You guys probably know me pretty well from there, but if there are any non-FiSHers among us... <BR> <BR> I am in my early twenties, chunkier monkier than I should be, and I have halter and WP horses, and I'm from TX. One day, when I am thinner, I would like to have a really kick-butt HUS horse, but until I can afford the caliber horse I want I'm not really looking into breaking into HUS more than the occasional class. ;) <BR> <BR> I also love ... Thu, 9 Jul 2009 17:36:44 EST Hello From Manitoba, Canada Yay for the FHOTD message board, sending me here. You guys have to hold me accountable! I can totally do this! <BR> <BR> Anyway, for those who don't know much about me, my name is Whitney and I own a 7 year old OTTB. I have some anxiety issues with riding due to a nasty accident a couple of years ago. I'm working on getting my confidence back and spending time with my laid back horse, Finn (sounds oximoronic... laid back TB). I'm currently entering my last year of my masters program and am s... Thu, 9 Jul 2009 12:10:40 EST Summer Plans? Whats your plans for summer with your horse?We've had a triple digit heat wave the past few weeks.Finally broke by some rain yesterday and a little cooler so getting in mood to ride.But havn't been in saddle in over 6 months.Partly heat,partly confidence and patly I gained weight and feel even less confident with my balance.So my summer plans are to get back on track with weight loss spend more ground time with by horses and work on my balance skills and get in the saddle. Fri, 26 Jun 2009 09:27:08 EST Hello from Colorado I have been on Spark People since February. What an amazing place. <BR> I visited this group because of the great name, then the first Topic I saw as about fear of riding which I read with great interest. Now I would like to join because I seem to have a lot in common with most of you. Horses are my passion and my life. I need to lose a Lot Of Weight so I can get back to fully enjoying them. <BR> My husband and I are 2nd generation natives of Colorado, retired, and we raise Arabian horses... Thu, 2 Apr 2009 15:15:04 EST Just getting started - AGAIN Hello I am new to online groups just happened to come across spark people and am so glad I found it. I love the many groups you can join and it's nice knowing that I am not the only one who has tried several times to get the extra weight off. I grew up on horseback and for the last 20 years I have only indulged in the beauty of horses as I no longer ride - One of my goals is to get enough weight off so I can finish training my two paint horses and finally take my daughter on rides, thanks f... Tue, 3 Mar 2009 19:10:09 EST Ok. Finally Getting on Track. This site is a little confusing, but I think I'm starting to make sense out of it. <BR> I'm not sure how many people in this team are from the FiSH forum, but I'm CharleyHarvey over there (I guess I should have kept the same username...oh well). <BR> Anyway, here I am! Thu, 26 Feb 2009 18:05:43 EST Sandy from Tennessee Hi all My name is Sandy and I was looking around the spark teams site, and found this one that I would love to join. Amanda I was reading some of your posts and read that you also had a Earth Angel. Which inspired me to write in my blog the story of mine that I had written in my journal long ago. <BR> Anyway I live in Tennessee. I want to lose this weight that I gained. I have tried so many other diets and do well for awhile ,then it all atarts going bad cuz of the restrictions. But now I th... Fri, 20 Feb 2009 16:27:50 EST Riding and Fear Does anyone, besides me, cope with fear of riding and, if so, what do you do about it. Sun, 15 Feb 2009 15:33:25 EST Quotes to think about HEALTHY REFLECTION <BR> <BR> Don't be fooled by the calendar. <BR> There are only as many days in the year <BR> As you make use of. <BR> <BR> - Charles Richards Sun, 15 Feb 2009 12:36:29 EST New boy looking for a name... We got this new guy a couple weeks ago and still haven't been able to come up with a name and looking for ideas. So far the only ideas that have fit him are Bubba and Goober! He is registered but came with no papers so that is a wash and was called Ace and Chance at his prior homes... neither fits at all! <BR> <BR> One picture is now my profile image, the others are on my page. <BR> <BR> Here is his life... <BR> <BR> 15.2 ish, 1998, bay APHA gelding (they though he was 16.1 or more...) <BR... Wed, 11 Feb 2009 10:38:14 EST Here I am again... Well, here I am again, looking for some way to successfully shed the millions of pounds that I have accrued over the years. <BR> <BR> I haven't done any exercise today, however I have been chasing after my crazy 4 yr old little boy; I haven't drank 8 glasses of water today, but I did clean out my fridge and got rid of all of the junk, then replaced everything with something more healthy. <BR> <BR> I need something that is going to help me stay on track. I do pretty good at watching what I ... Fri, 30 Jan 2009 16:02:12 EST Riding Plans for the weekend? So what are you equine related plans for the weekend?Were supose to get up to 60 degrees today yeah! but 30% chance of rain tomorrow.I would love to get in some ride time tomorrow if it passes us over.And Sunday I'm goingt o see Lippizans show! Fri, 23 Jan 2009 09:08:58 EST What stereotypes do you break? Since this is the basis for this Team, I thought it would be interesting to hear from everyone! Sat, 17 Jan 2009 10:24:14 EST Oh dear... I've been extremely discouraged over the last couple of days... <BR> <BR> Many of you have heard over and over about how I lost 30lbs two summers ago, then gained 10 back... then this summer, I could have sworn I stepped on a scale and had lost 15-20 more... <BR> <BR> So yesterday morning, I decided I would go to the health clinic to get on the scale since mine is on the fritz (going to buy a new one Thursday probably)... stepped on the scale and it's as though this summer never happened! <... Tue, 13 Jan 2009 10:57:45 EST Ways to burn extra calories I sit at my desk all day for work. Boring! So I'm always looking for ways to burn some extra calories throughout the day. One example is last night I did lunges from the living room to kitchen instead of just walking. While my nutri-grain eggos were in the toaster, I used the counter to do some pull-up type exercises. When at work, I usually make it a point to go to the farther bathroom for some extra steps. And I drink a lot, therefore I go to the bathroom a I add trips to the water... Tue, 13 Jan 2009 07:17:20 EST Introducing me... Hi everyone! I'm Lace from Texas. I work, volunteer and am an Instructor In Training at a ranch that's right next door to me. I spend my weekdays training horses, grooming horses, riding horses, cleaning stalls, putting out hay... The list goes on & on! I rely on my work around the ranch to be my fitness minutes. So far I haven't noticed any improvements... but I'm hoping they'll come soon. <BR> I break the stereotypes by being a hardcore rocker chick! I don't own do "country" anything... M... Fri, 9 Jan 2009 21:38:17 EST New Year, New Goals! I think in order to attain the things we want to, it's important to write them down, and show others. That way, we can be held accountable for them... so let's share what we're hoping to accomplish, healthwise and otherwise, in this thread so we can all see where we are a year from now! <BR> <BR> Health: <BR> - Stop ignoring my health, get a full physical <BR> - Start tracking everything in SP again <BR> - 8 hours of sleep per night <BR> - Up water intake <BR> - Get more active, ride more fr... Fri, 9 Jan 2009 10:27:48 EST Hi! *waves* Hi all. New to sparkpeople. I didn't know it existed. Before this I used, but it really wasn't all that great. I'm ok doing it on my own too, but I'm much more motivated with a support group and such. I'm still figuring out and playing with the site to see what all is on here, but thought I'd say hi! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 12:34:40 EST Calories burned in horse activities I came across this web page with calories burn doing horse activities. <BR><BR>loriesburned.html Wed, 31 Dec 2008 14:00:34 EST Where is everyone? Are you on Christmas break stil I left for Michigan on the 19th to take my son to his dad's on the Christmas break and got snowed in for several days! By the time I could get back out it was almost time to pick him up so we just stayed until after Christmas. <BR> <BR> On the 26th we picked up my step-son from the airport in Minneapolis and went to an indoor waterpark in the Wisconsin Dells for 3 days... now we are back home with the new addition of a Wii with Fit board which both big and small in our house are already addi... Tue, 30 Dec 2008 08:10:22 EST Hello hello I'm a plus size rider.Well I havn't been able to ride very much this year due to my Tango having a hoof major booboo, HOT weather and then I been away taking care of My Mom while she went thru cancer treatment past 4 months.Sadly she lost her fight on the 12th.I'm just now kinda getting back in the grove at home and plan on doing several group rides this year at local horse camping/riding area.I have a Standard size donkey,EJ, a QHxTWH,Tango and recent addition Gracie,appaloosa mare.I a... Sat, 27 Dec 2008 19:59:46 EST Merry Christmas, everyone! I am snowed in at a friend`s place for I don`t know how long with tons of Christmas prepping left to do (all of my wrapping and no tree up yet!), so I wanted to take this opportunity to say Merry Christmas to everyone if I don`t get a chance later on! <BR> <BR> Be careful with those sweets! Mon, 22 Dec 2008 11:26:48 EST How do I get my blog posts to show up here? . Sun, 14 Dec 2008 13:31:24 EST Trailering trauma Had excitement tonight... <BR> <BR> We went and picked up our newest addition (finally, trip has been postponed for several weeks) Toffee (the buckskin tobiano on my page). She has sat more or less untouched for a year and a half but was a well trained horse, showed 4-H one year and lots of trail and road riding. They said they had had a few problems when loading her last so we knew things could get rough but hubby and I work well as a team and neither of us have ever been bested by a hors... Sat, 13 Dec 2008 21:18:14 EST calories burned Found a more detailed listing of the calories burned doing horsey activities per hour <BR> <BR> ACTIVITY: 130 lb 155 lb 190 lb <BR> Shoveling stalls 354 cal 422 cal 518 cal <BR> General Horse Riding 236 cal 281 cal 345 cal <BR> Riding at the walk 148 cal 176 cal 216 cal <BR> Riding at the trot 384 cal 457 cal 561 cal <BR> Riding at a canter 472 cal 563 cal 690 cal <BR> Horse Grooming 354 cal 422 cal 518 cal <BR> Stacking hay/grain 472 cal ... Sat, 13 Dec 2008 13:36:13 EST Favorite activity Regardless of the calories burned (or pounds added) what are your favorite things to do? <BR> <BR> - Taste really good foods... not chowing down... but savoring the flavors of really really good foods... <BR> <BR> - Teaching riding lessons - I love helping people learn to communicate better with horses! <BR> <BR> Best thing ever - Snuggle up with my hubby and kids with a fuzzy blankie, cup of flavored coffee... couldn't care less if the TV is on or what is happening, just need our dog p... Wed, 10 Dec 2008 20:04:51 EST I found a wedding dress! . Tue, 9 Dec 2008 15:21:23 EST Team Challenges Does this team have any challenges? If not, how are they created, and what would other members be interested in? Thu, 4 Dec 2008 01:49:42 EST Howdy All! Hi there you can call me AG from CA! I have always been a big boned person and have gained and lost weight all my life. I am pushing 300# now and want to get to at least 225 though my dream would be to weigh 199. I weighed about 190 when I was 18 and got married for the first time and I was HOT!!! Now I am just the fat mom. I lost my obese mother 10 years ago to Diabetes at the age of 56 and my father 3 weeks ago to Heart Disease/Diabetes at age 66. I have high blood pressure and diabete... Wed, 3 Dec 2008 12:36:12 EST Entering "riding" as an exercise on Spark - How? In the fitness section, how do I get regular activities included such as horseback riding, walking, cleaning etc... Mon, 1 Dec 2008 11:52:34 EST What are your hang ups? What sort of things make losing weight or staying fit difficult for you? <BR> <BR> For me, it's exercise that FEELS like exercise - unstructured gym time just about kills me. I'd like to try a circuit style gym and see if that is better. <BR> <BR> I do much better riding my horse frequently and using Dance Dance Revolution on PS2 (though the cords on the back of our PS2 have been chewed :P and my dance pads are worn out... must look on eBay!). Tue, 25 Nov 2008 17:34:24 EST Welcome, post here! Hi guys, <BR> <BR> I thought we could all post our goals and such here to help us get a better feel for what everyone is going through and how we can help encourage each other to get there. I know some of you from some forums, but if there are any newbies, raise your hand! <BR> <BR> With myself... I'm Amanda. I keep falling onto/off of the SP wagon and I hoped that in creating this SparkTeam, I could help myself stay on. <BR> <BR> I was very successful using SP to lose about 30lbs roughly ... Tue, 25 Nov 2008 16:40:27 EST