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post #1 of 6 Old 12-17-2007, 02:14 AM Thread Starter
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The time has come... opinions please

Well after having my beautiful baby boy, I am finally allowed to ride. YAY

My only dilema is that the only horse I have is Faith and she was only broken in in September then put out into the paddock. Now she was very good at the breakers, no dirtiness what-so-ever but I have now not been on a horse for around 12 months.

My husband and close friends all want either someone else to get one Faith first or me to ride something a little more reliable first.

I will admit that a few weeks ago I was a bit apprehensive about getting on, but since I have been lunging her I have gotten more of my confidence back and now feel that if I take things slowly, for her sake and mine, then I should be OK. I do not mean to toot my own horn, but prior to baby a was a good rider.

So if anyone has any suggestions or opinions they would like to share please feel free to tell me
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-17-2007, 03:08 AM
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yay congratulations :)

prior to getting horses again this year, i hadnt ridden in almost 5 years. as soon as i got on it was like i had never stopped. everything came back straight away and it was as natural as ever and that was after 5 years.

if you want to ride faith, just start slow. you know yourself you can tell very quickly what the horse is like. if she is lunging well and what not, hop on her in the lunge ring or a confined area of that makes you feel better. if after a few minutes you feel that its not right, then hop off. you know your own limitations and if you are a good/solid rider, you shouldnt have any probs. just dont doubt yourself or she will know :)

good luck and let us know how everything goes :)

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post #3 of 6 Old 12-17-2007, 03:54 PM
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i know the feeling......but i had to stay off horses for a while after i had my son by c-section, i was able to brake abby last spring, i stopped training in july when i found out that i was pregnant again with baby # daughter jumped on her in the begging of nov and rode her for a bit and she seemed might want to find some one who will ride her for you for a while.
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post #4 of 6 Old 12-18-2007, 06:04 AM
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You may want to take the advice of your husband and friends. With having a new baby in the house, its not a good time for you to get hurt on a green horse. Keep doing the ground work with Faith but let someone else ride her for awhile. If you do decide to ride her I would take it slow and easy.
Congratulations on the baby boy!

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post #5 of 6 Old 12-18-2007, 09:05 AM
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Congrats on the baby, & yay for riding again!
Yes, like everyone else has said, take it nice & slow, don't rush things!
It will take a bit of time, but I'm sure you will be good as new again!
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-18-2007, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input guys, much appreciated

The problem I have with getting someone else to ride her is that I really only have the breaker, as all my rider friends are in the similar situation to me except with reliable horses, and of course the breaker will cost money which at this time of year is a bit scarce.

I think that I will just be taking it slow with her, until we are both ready and I have asked one of my childless friends to come and watch me ride for the first couple of times, cause as Vidaloco said I can't afford to get injured as it is not just me I have to look after now.

Anyway I shall let everyone now how I go.
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