07-06-2011, 09:48 AM
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Tobysmom you are not to old as you have seen by all of these stories. Some have been very inspiring to me as well.
I grew up riding horses and had to sell mine after I married...economic down turn of the early 80's did my riding in. Fast forward to I am about to turn 50 and I told my husband when we were running from Hurricane Ike that I was getting a horse! He said no you aren't and I said "honey, I am not the girl you married. I didn't ask you...I am just letting you know what I am doing".
I went looking for a horse and found one 5 hours away that was well bred, supposedly well trained, had a rider that was only 8 on occasion and had been shown in Western Pleasure. Long and short...he took off running and bucking when I walked him down to the end of the arena, my big butt came off at the end of the arena by my husband who was horrified and petrified for me and my leg was the size of California. Black and blue from hip to foot with severe infection/nerve damage. It was ugly and painful and scary. My leg is still discolored and feels funny when touched where I had the most damage as it has nerve damage. My cousin saw the pictures the other day and said "Do you realize how much blood you lost?" She is the director of an ER and has been an ER nurse for years. So yeah...I got hurt badly but really, the worst damage was to my confidence.
I used to be a confident rider. I did buy a horse 2 months later. In hind sight, I wish I had just taken lessons for about 6 months. My horse was gentle though and I just adored him. I did have to give him up due to a health issue he had and couldn't trail ride. I did take lessons on him though which helped my confidence. I bought another horse that is gentle and pretty bomb proof. Hogs ran out from under a bush ten feet from him a few weeks ago and all he did was flinch hard. (Thank God) I had always said if I came off a horse again I'd be too scared to get back on. Well, I rode Biscuit down the ranch road one day and 3 horses burst out of their shelter running towards us and Biscuit obviously thought danger was coming and did a 180 and took off. I came off in the grass because I was unbalanced. LOL I walked over to him and he looked at me like "Dummy, I got you out of danger and you were too dumb to hang on!" I mounted up and rode him back to the stables. I wasn't as scared as I thought.
I still have my moments that I get a little uptight but I love riding, I love being around them. I bought hubby a horse 2 years ago so we ride together and I have a whole new crew of "peeps" I ride with - one a cousin that I didn't know I had! So riding has been a thrill for me and every day I am still overcoming my fears, facing them down and going on. I don't know if I will ever be the rider I was as a teenager but I do know I am not going to let that stop me!
Glad you weren't hurt too badly and keep taking those lessons from someone who will help you get your confidence up and your skill levels improving. Keep posting and let us know how you are coming along.