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post #11 of 19 Old 05-14-2010, 04:10 PM
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Dry Bones Valley,
I reccomend the book "Centered Riding" by Sally Swift. She had physical problems that made it difficult to ride. The concept and classes are structured around feeling the horse, and your body in space - connecting with the horse. Second edition is better.

I have taken two workshops through some top Centered Riding instructors, and have learned a great deal from them.

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Absolutely 100% support this.

DBV, if you can get on the lunge line, do it! It will really help. Also, remember that you CAN ride the bolts, you've done it before. Usually the horse isn't actually going that much faster than normal, it's just the surprise factor.

Are you thinking of a handicap ramp as a sign of inadequacy? It's not. Riding is about being on the back of the horse, not how you get there. Plus, the less stress you put on the horse's back when mounting, the better it is for the horse!

You sound very determined, keep up the good work!
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post #12 of 19 Old 05-14-2010, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, a lot.

I am to a certain extent, mostly because I really dislike not being able to do what everyone else can. I know there are things I will never do as some people have a natural physical ability, but I've struggled getting on with a stool and my improvement with just that and my strength has really inspired me. I want to be able to get on and off. That, and I don't want to be out on a 20 mile trail and not be able to get on by myself.

That also brings back in the fear factor. I am deathly afraid of heights. It's caused by my own body. I fear getting up in a chair, standing, anything because my balance isn't very good. I don't have these fears when I'm on a horse, but standing five feet up on a structure that's already five or so feet in the air and being expected to get on a horse is frightening. One of the arenas has one, and I did it to see if the horse I was on could. I could do it in a western saddle. The one at my trainer's place isn't really a handicap ramp, it's really just a wobbly support that's half of it, and I really just..can't do my fears. I've fallen trying to get up, and I'd much rather fall trying to get up on a horse than fall trying to go down on one.

For now, I'm working on my weight. I know if I get down to 110-120 pounds I'll be lighter and it'll be a lot easier for me to pick up my own body weight. Now it's like I'm carrying around those big bags of dog food when I get up on a horse.
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post #13 of 19 Old 05-15-2010, 02:04 PM
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Can you do yoga? I bought the book Yoga for Equestrians (sp?) And it has helped me a lot. It helps you build strength and helps you relax. It has exercises on the ground and in the saddle (you need help with those).

Good luck!
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post #14 of 19 Old 05-15-2010, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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Can you do yoga? I bought the book Yoga for Equestrians (sp?) And it has helped me a lot. It helps you build strength and helps you relax. It has exercises on the ground and in the saddle (you need help with those).
I can't do yoga. I have been better, but I have very little flexibility or strength due to my disability.



To give all an udpate, on my riding today I did a little better. Buddy did take off into a canter several times, but I did manage to get him back under control. My trainer got me to get off so she could get on and show me what I was doing wrong, and helped me understand that the harder I gripped because I was freaked out he was going to take off, the faster he wanted to go. I did a good bit better. =]

Still working on strength.
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I know this is kind of a dead thread, but I'd like to update a bit.

Buddy's a barrel racer. So technically he's a racehorse. My trainer taught me that holding with one hand makes pleasure riding, and barrel racers hold the reins how I normally hold them, which puts him in the barrel racing mindset. I had problems a few weeks ago with my fear, and he responds very much to it and took off a few times. However, this time I stayed completely relaxed, and he did great! He was a completely different horse, and when he moved into a canter he stayed in control and good.

On another note, my strength has been getting a lot better. I'm going to try to switch to English this Saturday, because I still want to do that. =]
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post #16 of 19 Old 05-24-2010, 12:04 AM
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It's Sunday, Dry Bones!

You've got alot of heart and determination. Like __Rider99 said, kudos!

Did you end up riding English on Saturday? If so, how did it go?? Congrats on your progress with Buddy thus far. Keep the updates coming! :)

(IMO, Western is secure, but uncomfortable and vice versa with English.)
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=]

Thanks.

No, I didn't. My trainer forgot to put the English saddle on an older mare named Sadie (who she said could probably jump once she gets in better health, because she was neglected and rather thin when the stables first got her). Hopefully I'll do it Wednesday.
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I hope you get to! Hope you have a good ride.
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Thank you =]
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