Originally Posted by Cherie
Just saw this. Hope you are feeling OK today. I keep 'Flexaril' (Cyclobenzaprine) handy. It is a miracle worker for sore muscles and wrecks. I use it more than pain and anti-inflammatory meds for my arthritis and degenerative joint disease.
Is this available over the counter?
I woke up today not nearly as sore as I thought I'd be. I mean, I flew right over his head and landed flat on my back on hard pack. You'd think that would do some damage. But, other than a sore lower back and shoulder, I am fine. I'll be in the saddle tomorrow.
But, what gets me is that I have a real problem; why is this happening to me over and over again? I have been spun off of the horse so many times in the last 5 years. (6 times!) And now, I am hesitant to trot down any trail where I cannot fully see what's around any corner. Even on the straight away, I am always a bit concerned about this happening. I didn't expect it on Z, who has never spooked that big before, but it's hard to erase the worry and expectation . You can say, 'be confident" but actually BEing confident is hard when you keep having this happen. And, it says something about the way I am riding, and I think, the fact that I have too much belly (making my center of gravity too high).
I asked my riding buddy, "what should I do?" and she says, "think more about your eguitation". Ok, I thought I was
thinking about my equitation.
I have seen her ride through spooks like this without even coming near to coming off. I know the problem is me, and there is nothing to do but cowgirl up and keep trying. I just have to admit to feeling discouraged and wondering if I can fully shake off any internal hesitation, that might be affecting the horse, so that this wont' happen again. Getting too old for this.