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post #21 of 32 Old 09-20-2012, 06:12 AM
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Yep. I've ridden with the flu, a stomach bug, even acute bladder infection (ick). However I won't ride when I have a headache - it's a sure way to get crabby with your horse if he starts acting up and that's just counterproductive.

I also don't pick battles unless I can see them through so if I'm feeling physically exhausted/fatigued I won't try and work on something if I know the horse will put up a big fight because if I have to quit the argument I've suddenly taught him he can get away with the behavior if he fights hard enough.
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post #22 of 32 Old 09-20-2012, 08:00 AM
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Generally yes. I may skip riding my own but those I'm riding for clients are a have to. I won't if I am sick/hurt enough that I won't be on my game enough for it to be productive or if I'm on the no-fly list per Dr's orders.
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post #23 of 32 Old 09-20-2012, 09:39 AM
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I always go out and at least sit with Bunny, groom her or just lay in her stall. Usually if I'm sick I don't do any serious riding but I still ride her to the neighbors so she can see their horses and around the farm to do my chores.

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post #24 of 32 Old 12-14-2013, 05:35 AM
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I feel nauseous all the time. Every single day. For as long as I can remember. But thankfully, I rarely throw up. Like seriously, if you saw me throw up, it would be so rare. I last threw up 4 years ago. Yeah I'm pretty strange. I feel nauseous every day, but it's off and on. I sometimes feel it for the whole day, but usually it hits me and it goes away in 30 minutes and then 2 hours later it comes back, pretty frustrating. I try not to let it get in the way of my riding. I have been riding for a year but I only dismounted twice because I felt sick. If I have a cold, sore throat, runny nose, itchy eyes, mild cough, slight headache, or slight stomachache, then I still ride. But I don't ride if I'm nauseous, throwing up, severe cough, severe headache, or severe stomachache. But if it's a sore throat to where I can't talk, then I don't ride. Also I don't ride if I have a gagging feeling which is rare. I have a severe gag reflex, but I avoid things that make me gag so it doesn't happen extremely often.
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post #25 of 32 Old 12-14-2013, 09:46 PM
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I rarely get anything worse than an annoying cold. If I'm not bedridden, I'll ride, even if its just plonking around or going for a short trail ride. The fresh air usually makes me feel way better. If I stay home from school, that's just so I don't get anyone else sick.
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post #26 of 32 Old 12-17-2013, 03:28 PM
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I made the mistake of riding 3 weeks ago while sick. I had a cold and was real run down after carrying buckets of water due to the hose being iced up. I needed to school my 4 yo mustang and only ground worked the day before due to being sick and the wind having him worked up. So I felt the need to ride him this particular day. My boy was real quiet and soft and the ride went well until just before I quit him. He was playing in the water after getting a drink and when a family member went to correct him he got scared, spun around, and went to bucking. I was too sick to bend him around fast enough and after the 4th buck ended up on the ground and bruised my shoulder real bad and had to go to the ER where they originally thought it may be broke and put my arm in a sling. 3 weeks later and my shoulder is better but still hurts and is still healing. Safe to say in the future, when in doubt, I will skip the ride!
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post #27 of 32 Old 12-17-2013, 04:34 PM
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I don't believe in the "Too sick for school/work, too sick to ride" thing.

School and work is mentally and physically draining, often with zero enjoyment, around many others who could catch whatever you have, etc.

Not to say that riding isn't mental or physical, I'm just saying that it's a lot healthier for you to be up and moving and doing something you are motivated to do , and like I said in my previous post it always helps me feel much better. School or work has never done that.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #28 of 32 Old 12-17-2013, 04:42 PM
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I will say I'm guilty of pulling the too sick to go to school but not to ride card when I was younger. There's been times where I lost my lunch a few minutes before I rode but I still rode and honestly kinda forgot I was sick in the first place.

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post #29 of 32 Old 12-17-2013, 11:14 PM
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Sick or sore, it usually doesn't stop me from riding. The only thing that might stop me are bad headaches that make just blinking miserable, which aren't too frequently thank goodness.

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post #30 of 32 Old 12-17-2013, 11:38 PM
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Nope. If I'm going to ride, I want to be on the top of my game. I'm currently sick with the flu, and I have no desire to be around my horses. I can barely breathe and I'm just so weak... Not a good state to be in around horses.
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