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        05-28-2011, 10:55 AM
    In need of help or advice, please.

    Hello All,
    Well I could write a long story but I'll keep it short. I was an avid hunter/jumper and I got into a bad accident and left me with a concussion, bulged discs, arthritis, and joint problems in my lower back. And I am trying my hardest to listen to my doctor when he says no more riding, but its killing me not to do what I used to do. But whenever I go to ride my horse, I am on bed rest for days after. And my horse is a rescue horse, so no matter what he's staying with me even if I cannot ride him. He is exercised daily by being lunged and whatnot.

    But I'm trying to find alternative styles of I guess riding, or any horsemanship activities. I was thinking of sending my horse (Bayberry) to amish school and him being a cart horse, I just cannot stop being around horses, but I know with my condition, riding like normal is not an option for me.

    Please everyone, give me advice or any sort of ideas.
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        05-28-2011, 10:56 AM
    I don't get on here often at all, I did have a previous account but it won't let me long onto it, my email is cdheindel@gmail. That's a better way of getting ahold of me. Thanks!
        05-28-2011, 11:32 AM
    Does your doctor say no more riding ever, or just for your recovery period. I think training him to pull a cart is an excellent idea. Could open up a whole new horsy adventure for you if you can afford to buy a cart.
        05-28-2011, 01:00 PM
    Originally Posted by Sophie19    
    Does your doctor say no more riding ever, or just for your recovery period. I think training him to pull a cart is an excellent idea. Could open up a whole new horsy adventure for you if you can afford to buy a cart.
    He says if I ride, anything could happen, if I take a bad fall again, it'll risk my bulging discs to herniate. I was going to give myself atleast 6 months of recovery time and thearapy and try and trail ride atleast. I've always wanted to cart train him. We actually have one but he needs proper training before we put it on him. I was thinking of parelli as well, just something fun ad interesting to do.
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        05-28-2011, 06:01 PM
    Trick training (so essentially, any natural horsemanship-type thing) might be fun. My sister bought her gelding from a couple who's well known to be extrememly good at nautral horsemanship, so he came knowing all sorts of fancy tricks. Bowing, laying down, spanish walk, etc. If you're patient that could be something to try.

    I think the cart sounds like a great idea though. I'd give that a try :)
        05-29-2011, 10:37 AM
    I was thinking about trick training as well. I just want to do something that will keep things interesting for the time being. I might be able to ride again, but just incase, I just want to always do something with my horse.
        05-29-2011, 10:42 AM
    What about doing in hand classes at shows? There are obstacle type classes and they look really fun. That way you canstill show without the risks of permanent injury.

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