Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: yankee ct where we live forever
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I'm 66 w two bad falls, one mediocre fall - feeling down
Bad Fall Number One: I had a crazy accident on Easter Sunday where I ran myself into a door jamb, slammed my head and twisted my back was out of commission for a couple of weeks. Nothing to do with riding, but it weakened me I think.
I'm a beginner rider, been riding regularly for about two years, and regularly isn't every day but once or twice a week. I'm a 66 year old woman and I love riding.
I came back a couple of weeks later and I noticed my energy level isn't the same as before. I understand muscles aren't easy to heal. Plus I'm doing a lot of hard physical labor on our property (lifting very heavy rocks and bags of this and that). Overall, though, I felt good.
Small, Not So Bad fall Number Two about two weeks ago: We did a trail ride and I stupidly gave my horse too much rein because his footing wasn't the best. I thought I'd let him find his balance without interfering. We came to the bottom of a hill and there was about 30 feet between me and the horses in front. When they went up the hill at a trot, my horse took off like a bat out of hell and headed straight for a dead tree, which thankfully wasn't very big. I hit it, it broke my fall and I was bruised but got back on and finished the ride.
Yesterday was Bad Fall Number Three: Decided to take a dressage course. Lots of posting. I'm a western rider but I thought dressage would strengthen my seat overall. So I'm posting and it's hard. First time riding this horse: warm blood thoroughbred, a huge horse about 16.5 hands high. Very forward. I'm okay with the forward but it's tiring. So that and the posting and I'm getting pooped.
We're asked to do a circle at a posting trot and a circle at a canter. I do the post trot but for the canter, I'm not exactly sure in asking him - I was told I could squeeze/kiss kiss but he gave me a fast trot. A fast trot on a dressage saddle, which is very slick and when he finally went into the canter to the right and I went left and landed square on one butt cheek. Knocked me into tomorrow. But I got back on, don't ask me how because mounting this horse in itself is a job. But I did it.
But I'm hurting today.
Am I crazy? My husband is ticked off at me. I'm ticked at me because I should have eased into the canter with him. I wasn't ready. I was tired and this was a hell of a horse to control. Just trotting with him and holding him to a reasonable speed was tiring.