I am Emma Hamilton (@smallEQprobs) and I am thrilled to be starting my journey with Riders for Well Being and promote being strong, happy, and healthy (both physically and mentally).
Most riders have dealt with self-consciousness, but more so in the past few years. We cannot help but notice the “thin, tall, and well-proportioned” stereotype. Healthy, to me, is not a breech size or fitting into extra-slim boots. Healthy is being strong – physically, mentally and emotionally. Sadly, many people still believe that to be the best you have to be skinny. I want to remodel/eliminate/change this idea and make it so that everyone believes that to be the best you have to be strong. Strong is defined as “having the power to move heavy weights or perform other physically demanding tasks or able to withstand great force or pressure.”. As riders and young adults, being strong is certainly something to strive for.
That is where you come in. I want you to tweet or Instagram a photo using the hashtag #StrongRiders. By doing so, we will promote a healthy and strong body image for fellow riders. Being strong is important in the horse world and in everyday life. From now on I will be using the word strong on social media in lieu of thin/skinny/etc. and ask that you do the same. We must remember that “every rider possesses, to his advantage or disadvantage, whichever the case, a figure for riding” (George Morris).
Emma Hamilton is a Grade 11 student from Ontario, somehow balancing school, horses, dogs and family/friends. She has been riding for seven years and showing now for four years. She is a Phyllis Stein Rider and is currently showing on the Central East Trillium Zone. She is known for spoiling her horses and having sparkling tack.