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post #1 of 8 Old 02-02-2012, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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Riding again after injury - I start back tomorrow!

Y'all please wish me luck.

It wasn't a bad injury - I just fell off when my horse spooked at something in the woods. Nothing broken. But my lower back hurt pretty badly for a few weeks, so I didn't ride. I also couldn't work on the stable I'd started building on my farm, so once my back healed the building had to take first priority so I wouldn't lose what I'd started to warping.

Anyway. With one thing and another, I now haven't ridden since Thanksgiving.

I keep my horse at home and ride alone most of the time. I figured the combination of rusty/slightly apprehensive rider and wildly overfresh horse was not a good one so I asked a friend to recommend a good lesson barn with a quiet schoolhorse.

I called and talked to the trainer and I've booked a lesson for tomorrow to see how I like the place. If it seems like a good fit, they have a boarding facilities and a trainer who could work with my horse before I get back on him.

Anyone have any good tips or want to share their experiences of riding again after an injury?
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post #2 of 8 Old 02-02-2012, 12:57 PM
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I will just say Please don't over exert your self and hurt your self over again

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post #3 of 8 Old 02-02-2012, 12:59 PM
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Just start back up slow, and I'm glad it wasn't a serious injury! SalonPas helps with pain if you experience any (maybe from muscle toning since you haven't been in the saddle in a long while!)

I hope that trainer and riding instructor work out for you!

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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post #4 of 8 Old 02-02-2012, 01:15 PM
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Good Luck! Let us know how it goes
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post #5 of 8 Old 02-02-2012, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, everyone. I'll definitely post a report.
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post #6 of 8 Old 02-02-2012, 05:29 PM
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I know the feeling of trying to come back. A few years back I took a fall bad enough to break my arm and then had 6 months of getting back nerve function in my hand due to the surgery ticking off the nerve in my arm..it went on vacation. :).

It was hard getting back on after the long wait. I ended up giving in and selling him a year later as we got to the point that anytime I tried just to trot he would immediately buck me off. We checked everything, saddle fit, soreness, teeth, legs..everything was fine. I think he just knew I didn't trust him. It is good that you are looking to a trainer to work with your horse...the lessons you will be takikng will help rebuild your confidence, which has been shaken even if you don't realize it :) and will also help your horse who may also have had HIS confidence shaken. I have found that most horses don't like losing their riders (barring the few who would like to kill you) and when it happens they feel bad as well....most of the time.

Anyhow :)...good luck with your lesson but obviously be mindful of your limits. You are going to be sore after the lesson..no doubt there :) as your muscles reacquaint themselves with riding. As I say though, it is a good kind of sore and hey, it only lasts a day or two.
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post #7 of 8 Old 02-02-2012, 05:55 PM
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Well,I've recently started doing some very light riding again after a whole YEAR of not being able to ride,but in my case it's due to a heart condition that I developed,which I still have but am learning to live with and control,well,some days.lol.
My advice would be to take it at the pace you're comfortable with.You may climb on and feel totally in your element and take off from where you left,or you may feel a little awkward and rusty.Just take it slow and steady,stay relaxed,and have fun. Oh,and be prepared for sore and stiff muscles for a few days.. :)
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post #8 of 8 Old 02-04-2012, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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Wow! What a difference!

Sometimes I guess one just needs a fresh perspective on things. Anyway, I feel so much better about my riding after yesterday's lesson.

My new instructor put me on a nice, quiet 25 yr old QH and had me take him around the ring at a walk and a trot. Then she said "Well, I've seen enough," and walked into the barn!

But she came back. With a lunge line. I'd never had a lunge lesson before! What a luxury - to only have to worry about my position and to have someone on the ground giving me constant feedback!

My new RI said that I had a very pretty position on a horse. Just not a very stable one. She showed me how to ride in better balance, and corrected some habits I'd developed that threw me out of balance (like jamming my heels down too deep) which also was lots less work than the way I'd been doing things! So I'm not feeling at all sore today, even though I was on the horse a good forty-five minutes, most of it either in two-point or posting trot.

So I've got a standing Friday afternoon appointment and I'll be moving my horse there soon so she can start giving Houdini lessons as well.

I haven't boarded in about a year (my horses live at home with me) but I think I'll like this place. It's set up like a regular show barn, but in the rings, instead of just the standard jumps, there are all sorts of crazy-looking obstacles set up with scary tires and ribbons and pool noodles. As I was grooming and tacking up my lesson horse yesterday, a group of chatty middle-aged ladies and a pack of dogs blew through, headed out on a trail ride. They looked like they were all having a blast.

Can't wait till Houdini and I can join 'em.
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