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        07-28-2013, 12:36 AM
      #31
    Weanling
    Boy, she's pretty, and you look so happy, you're just glowing!! I haven't ridden in 10-15 years for different reasons. The last horses we had, we sold because we had to board, and I hate boarding. I'm a very private person, and we couldn't just enjoy our horses in quiet solitude. Plus, I had a BF who was not a horsey person, had never ridden, and could not see with his own eyes the right way to ride. Riding with him was very embarrassing, both horses neck reined very well, yet he would grab a rein in each hand, hold each hand up as high as it would go, sit way forward and stooped over, darn, I wish I had a video to show!! It was the most embarrassing and ludicrous sight you have ever seen, and we would go out on the road, and people would be laughing and pointing!!
    Then, I became disabled, I have neurapathy from diabetes, a fractured neck, and arthritis on my spine. I was just given a mare, but it willl be quite some time before I can ride her. I did sit in a saddle at the tack store, just to see what size, and it felt just like home!!! Thanks for sharing your story, and being such an inspiration. I have always been a sucker for a gorgeous palomino.
         
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        07-28-2013, 04:51 PM
      #32
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by Reckyroo    
    The owner of the stables watched again and I was being told to put the weight into my heels - I said there was no weight from my knee downwards so really didn't need the bottom half of my leg (too many things to think of at once haha) so she came into the lesson and pushed and poked me until I was sitting as I should have been and had been for the first couple of lessons until I started to slouch and got lazy) and it certainly made a difference.
    Lol getting the weight down is how you stay soft on the horse! Your logic is funny lol

    I'm glad you had a nice lesson though!
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        07-28-2013, 05:38 PM
      #33
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
    Lol getting the weight down is how you stay soft on the horse! Your logic is funny lol

    I'm glad you had a nice lesson though!
    Haha - I think it's the age thing that mens I can just tell them what i'm doing or not doing - I know what I should be doing but making my body obey is a whole different matter (whereas my youngest son was as quiet as a mouse yesterday whilst riding - most unusual for him), but I may as well have had no limbs from the knees down as I wasn't using them at all until I was shouted at from the sidelines
         
        07-28-2013, 05:46 PM
      #34
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by cowgirllinda1952    
    Boy, she's pretty, and you look so happy, you're just glowing!! I haven't ridden in 10-15 years for different reasons. The last horses we had, we sold because we had to board, and I hate boarding. I'm a very private person, and we couldn't just enjoy our horses in quiet solitude. Plus, I had a BF who was not a horsey person, had never ridden, and could not see with his own eyes the right way to ride. Riding with him was very embarrassing, both horses neck reined very well, yet he would grab a rein in each hand, hold each hand up as high as it would go, sit way forward and stooped over, darn, I wish I had a video to show!! It was the most embarrassing and ludicrous sight you have ever seen, and we would go out on the road, and people would be laughing and pointing!!
    Then, I became disabled, I have neurapathy from diabetes, a fractured neck, and arthritis on my spine. I was just given a mare, but it willl be quite some time before I can ride her. I did sit in a saddle at the tack store, just to see what size, and it felt just like home!!! Thanks for sharing your story, and being such an inspiration. I have always been a sucker for a gorgeous palomino.
    Thankyou, but that isn't me on the horse (not had anyone to photograph my riding yet - I probably make it sound better than I'm really doing so I think i'll just revel in my imaginary world class horse riding for a few more weeks yet before I have anyone record my riding for you all to see ) but CustomCanines, we all think you look fab

    I loved your story about your BF - just read it to my hubby who laughed as hard as I did - oh, I wish you'd had a video too

    Big hugs and wishes that you'll be back in the saddle sometime xx
         
        10-25-2013, 07:23 AM
      #35
    Weanling
    Well, after a looong break, I rode again on Tuesday. A friend has offeed to give me lessons and after scaling her mammoth 18hh Irish Draft giant, I resumed my learning. It honestly felt harder to trot, possibly because he ws so wide to sit on,and i'm only 5'1" but after the initial shock, and the fact he was so good, I finally felt the weight in my heels - yeay!
    A couple of suggestions from my friend made all the diffrence in my seat - instead of gripping with my knees, I found I was bringing my legs up underneath me - almost jockey like - which I certainly am not! So a few suggestions from her and i'd cracked it. I only set off trotting an the wrong leg twice (althouh that was luck rather than skill). Haha
    I am seriously sore now - my muscles are screaming and walking is actually difficult - so roll on next week when I start cantering again - Woohoo
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        10-25-2013, 08:31 AM
      #36
    Green Broke
    Well, I was "horseless" for almost a year & it is so good to be back in the saddle, & doing all the horse chores once again. The hardest part is getting the feed in-I used to only live 3 doors down from the feed store, now town is over twenty miles away & there is not much selection. But our new Tractor Supply Store should be opening soon, & they are very close to the freeway exit, so no "town driving". The other feed stores are scattered over a large area & one is almost impossible to get the hay & that is w/a truck-using a trailer-Forget It! They seriously need to reconfigure the loading up of the hay. And maybe get some covered storage for it also!

    So enjoy your riding & if a horse is in your future know that there are lots of things to think about-many of them our of your control. I still have to find a vet-the prices here are quite high ( I hear) & not too many good endorsements. Luckily I seem to be able to pick out very healthy horses & keep them that way.
         
        01-03-2014, 05:24 PM
      #37
    Weanling
    Anyhow,
         
        01-03-2014, 05:30 PM
      #38
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Reckyroo    
    Well, I started back riding in October with a friend giving me lessons - very relaxed - and her giant of a horse was just wonderful. Seriously, he was such a confidence giver and sooooo forgiving of any mistakes I made.
    After weeks of lessons, my friend decided we were off on a hack! The roads are pretty busy where we are, even though we're in the countryside, but as usual, he was a star! No spooks, dancing around, despite lorries and such like whizzing past! My friend taught me things like "don't walk over grids", "ths part of the area is like walking on ice when your horse is shod" and so many simple things I woulld have never even thought of! It was a beautiful chilly afternoon and dusk when we'd settled him in his stable - he's a super-star! The following week we were to hire out a local arena and we were having an hour cantering. My position had improved 100% with my friends "tweeking" my riding position - I kept creeping my legs under me which meant I leaned forward, but she showed me how to push my feet slightly forward (she admitted he ws a big horse for me to ride on haha but he was so gentle) and suddenly I knew what it meant when you stick in the saddle. I felt like I was superglued, just by a few small tweeks with my legs!
    Anyhow, a couple of days later I got a call to say he'd suffered from colic and she'd had to have him pts. I was so shocked and saddened. He was only 7 and the most gentle giant I ever seen.
    So for now, my riding journey has stopped - but not forever. After Olly's gentle nature and sad, sudden passing, i'm just going to put my story on hold for a little while. But it's definitely just on hold..........and not the end......... RIP Oliver xxx
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        01-03-2014, 10:19 PM
      #39
    Foal
    [MENTION=41044]Reckyroo[/MENTION]

    I enjoyed reading your riding story.

    RIP, Oliver.
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        01-03-2014, 11:43 PM
      #40
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    Sad end to that part of your journey. But, carry on. Find another way to get saddle time.
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