Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Southern Indiana
Age and judgement
Has anyone else noticed that as you get older it's harder to judge how much "umph" you need to put out?
For example, yesterday Thunder was lined up perfectly along the bank that runs alongside his barn so of course I decide I can't pass up the opportunity to climb on. The bank isn't high enough for me just to throw a leg over so the intention was to jump and lay over his back on my belly then swing my left leg around and sit up. Sounds easy huh? Well I jumped too hard and kept right on going off the other side of him. Kicked poor Este in the face on my way down because she had her nose in our business, but other than giving her a startle it didn't hurt her. Thunder just turned his head and gave me the look that said, "You fool!". LOL
I find myself facing the same dilemma when I get on Cutter. I mount from the ground when using a saddle and I'm used to riding tall horses so being I'm only 5'2 1/2" I have to use all my umph when getting on. Cutter isn't tall, maybe 14.2 (I haven't measured him since he quit growing) and I find myself standing there with my right foot in the stirrup, left foot on the ground and debating on how hard I need to push off the ground. Seriously, it's like I'm frozen in trance trying to think it through.
Why does judging distances seem so hard these days?