Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Norman, Oklahoma
Have you tried a lunge lesson? I sometimes ask my trainer if I can do a lunge lesson because it gives you time to think about what YOU NEED to do.. instead of having to worry about the horse so much. I've found out that the "Climbing Rope" exercise helps TREMEMDOUSLY with balance(if you don't know what that is, ask your trainer). And don't give up! You'll never get anywhere if you do. Becoming a good rider doesn't happen overnight, and most of the top riders in the world are 2x's older than you are! It just takes time, practice and consistancy. I can't really relate about your injuries, the most I've had to deal with is a mild concussion, a broken pinky-toe and an ingrown toenail surgery(like 4...on each toe) xD My biggest setback is my weight. It effects my back to the point of not being able to sit down for a month sometimes... But as soon as I was OK to ride, I started right up again! Don't get discouraged, riding horses is a very demanding sport, not just physically but mental too. You can't expect to come back to riding after 7 years and be perfect, it takes time for your body to adjust and your mind to remember all that you've forgotten. Take it slow and relax. You're having fun, remember?