Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Southern California
• Horses: 0
Yay! I was about to come update this thread, glad I'm not the only one jumping back in after time off. I'm currently only riding once a week for 30 mins but will soon be either going twice a week for 30 mins or once a week for an hour...just hoping to get my sea legs so to speak back and I know I personally ride better when I do it more often.
My first lesson was Wednesday of last week, so a little over a week ago and I was frankly a little embarrassed. This trainer is a sticker for form and rider fitness, which is good as hard as it is going to be on me lol. We didn't even canter or do poles :( instead I did A LOT of standing in the tack at a halt, walk, trot. My posting for the first time in years SUCKED, I couldn't believe it! I ride an older, quite tall and a little round TB gelding. His slow, ground covering trot threw me for a loop.
My second lesson was just on Tuesday. Still no canter, but I did trot a big line of poles multiple times. Still did plenty of standing in the tack but this time she had me work on the half seat instead of just standing straight up. Luckily she says my eq isn't too bad, it's all about rider fitness at this point. However, I started having some real pain on the outside of my right leg. Think I was carrying all my weight in the outside edge of my foot because the muscle running from the outside of my knee straight down to the round bulbous bone of the ankle is very sore. So thanks to this I did sitrrup-less sitting trot to give my leg a break.
I'm currently just torn about knowing the importance of moving slow to build correct form and fitness etc but I also want to start seeing some progress, and some dang cantering! (I'm only slightly chomping at the bit lol) soon. Now looking at a possible injury already? I'm not this old!
Are you planning on showing or getting back into the sport just because every horse girl needs some horse time?