2015-12-15: Hi! You're probably here because you did a Google search for 'plus sized horseback riders' or you saw my content quoted elsewhere. There are a couple of things I'd like you to know.

I am still here! But I am living away from my horses and not riding often. I could tell you a lie and say that I am, but I have always endeavored to give you the truth here. As a result, I'm not feeling terribly motivated to write blog posts and I feel out of touch with the community.

I'd love for you to stay a while and look back through the archives. Visit the links listed below. We still have an active forum community and I post on the Facebook page from time to time.

I have tentative plans to try to get more involved in the horse world in 2016, and I will absolutely share whatever that adventure becomes with you, so keep checking back!


You can email me, Amanda @ amanda(at)afatgirlafathorse.com at any time!

You can also find the blog's fanpage on Facebook.

And you are welcome to stop by our friendly forum community!


  1. Hi, i am 44 years old woman from germany. well done stay on it and make your dream come true. you have got a beautiful frisian mare. sry for my english, hope you´d understand what i mean

  2. oh sry my name is alexandra not anonymous, lol

  3. I just found your blog and I find it amazing. I'm a plus size girl and I love riding and I always have and I will soon be entering a new financial point in my life where I can own my own horses and its wonderful to see a woman who weighs around the same as I do ride a horse and not be ashamed of it. You are an inspiration and I thank you for installing some new found confidence because now I will continue my search in finding the perfect horse for me.

  4. Hi Amanda,

    my name is Tash and I live in Australia! I love your blog, not only because I am a bigger girl, but because I feel the same love for horses as you do. I've never owned my own horse but its always been a dream and now i feel its something I can really look into. Thanks so much for sharing your expereinces and good luck in the future!
    Merry Christmas and have a fabulous 2013!!

  5. Hi, I love your blog!! I weigh 206 lbs and I really want to do horse jumping but, to me it kinda feels awkward to try doing it. Because, everyone else I see that does horse jumping is pretty skinny. I don't know what to do. Do you think I should try? Please Comment.

  6. I've just spent an hour on your page and have fallen in love with the person you are! So proud of you!

    As a point of note, Dan Blocker, the actor that played Hoss, on Bonanza weighed in at between 260-320 lbs. throughout his tenure on the show. He rode a horse named Chub and he RODE that horse! They trotted, turned, spun, slid to a stop, galloped. I mean they RODE!

    I am so proud of the person you are! Truly.


  7. hi everyone i have just found your site and i find it great . i am a new rider and a big girl . my husband has had horses for over 26 years and drives them but i have never been interested in riding but i have some new stable girls at our yard and they have encouraged me to take up riding .i have always thought that if i sit on a horse it would lay flat with all four feet spread out like a cartoon but thanks to my girls they have shown me offerwise and i am now enjoying the pleasure of my horses instead of just looking at them . the only trouble being my size is that i am having trouble finding jophurs and water proof chaps to fit so if any one has any where i may get some please let me know . thanks for listening bye for now

  8. THANK YOU!!! I have been looking for a site to buy XXL half chaps FOREVER and then I found your site with the links! Thank you SOOOO much! It's so embarrassing to get the large chaps because that's the largest most retail stores sell, only to have just a tiny bit actually reach the velcro, then having it pop open as soon as I flex my legs while riding. I don't know if an XXL would fit me either since the sites didnt have sizing options, but I certainly hope it does!!

  9. I just found your blog by accident and love it. I too am a plus sized horse owner. I am just getting back into riding after a 20 year hiatus due to life and have always said as soon as I am under 200 lbs I will start lessons again. I have owned my horse for 2 years which my skinny daughter rides. I started last week and realize the weight must go but plan on following you.

  10. Hello everyone!
    I am so grateful to have found this blog. I'm turning 31 next week, and wanted to learn how to ride for most of my life. My aunt and her husband have owned quarter horses since I was a child, but I never really rode them or took lessons. Since I was always a chubby kid, I felt self-conscious and thought I was too big to ride...so for years I just kept my dream to myself.
    Around when I turned 29 I decided - to hell with it. I was working in Toronto at the time, and asked at various places if they offered adult western riding lessons. Those that did had a strict 250lb weight restriction including tack, so I wasn't even eligible (I'm 5'8" and usually weigh somewhere around 220lb, give or take). I was really discouraged and embarrassed. I've since left the big city (and that crappy job), and just signed up for western riding lessons at a place that doesn't seem to have such a strict restriction. The lessons don't start until March, and I've been getting back into yoga to gain strength and flexibility.
    I'm really confused about the strict weight restrictions, since there are so many factors involved. I told my friends in NY who ride about my struggle to find an instructor who would accept me, and they looked at me like I had 3 heads. lol
    I'm still worried of being turned away in the spring for my lessons...my main concern is not being able to pull myself up...but I really appreciate this blog and knowing that I'm not alone. I've struggled with body image for years, and I'm hoping my journey to become a good rider (and eventually small farmer) will help me accept and love my body for what it is.
    Thank you! <3