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        09-13-2013, 04:41 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    I love reading posts like these :) and hearing about people getting over what is blocking them from doing what they want and feel they should do.

    As for the horse following so close to the one in front - these are trail horses, they are trained to go 'nose to tail' in a string down the path.
         
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        09-13-2013, 04:50 PM
      #12
    Trained
    Great post, keep that positive attitude and outlook and the world is your oyster.

    Big congrats on the weight loss, it's never easy.
         
        09-13-2013, 08:54 PM
      #13
    Trained
    OP, you are an inspiration to many! Enjoy your time spent in the saddle!
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        09-13-2013, 09:07 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    Awesome post. Thanks for sharing. Reminds me that we all at times create our own blocks.
         
        09-13-2013, 10:03 PM
      #15
    Foal
    You're an inspiration. Thank you for sharing..and keep it up :)
         
        09-15-2013, 08:54 AM
      #16
    Foal
    As my introduction post said I am 67 and overweight (but losing). I am finding riding for the first time in 25 years incredibly difficult. No question I have to use a block, my horse is 16.2 and at the moment I have great problems getting off - really need a "sky hook" to get on and off!!! Things are improving my mind remembers what I should be doing but I have to recreate the neural pathways and it is taking time. Muscle tone - what muscle tone, I hadn't got any when I started but slowly with stretching exercises as well I think its improving. If I don't try I might just as well give up sit down and wait to die. So whether I am foolish, time will tell - but when I am just riding George round the lanes at a walk, watching birds and other wildlife it does my soul good. So all you older riders take heart it is never to late.
         
        09-15-2013, 11:04 AM
      #17
    Yearling
    What seems like 100 years ago ( I was still a youngster) I was at a training barn with this old Russian lady as the instructor. She gave riding lessons to whoever walked into the barn. Her background was dressage but she dabbled in most disciplines. While I was there, this late 50's early 60's year old man came in to "learn to ride and fulfill his lifelong dream" There were so many whispers from the young whipper snappers. I remember looking at him and thinking him inspiring that he didn't give up his dream. There was a lovely Saddlebred in the barn that was for advanced riders only. She was a strong horse and had a LOT of get up and go. Let's just say, she was a challenge for anyone but very fancy. A few weeks later, I moved my horses from that barn to another show barn and sort of lost track of things going on at that old barn. That summer there was a show I went to and was so happily surprised to see that older gentleman at the show. What was even more exciting to me was to see that he was riding that Saddlebred that was so full of herself. He didn't win the class but he RODE that horse and he did great. He didn't give up, he fulfilled his lifelong dream. How many people continue to dream without making the dreams come true?

    I would be willing to bet that man had many days that he thought... I can't do it. I am so happy that on each of those days, the voice that said "I CAN" was louder.

    God has blessed you to give you the courage to fulfill YOUR dream and to enjoy the ride. I am so happy that you had an inspirational turning point in your ride. Keep up the great work.
         
        09-16-2013, 10:44 AM
      #18
    Showing
    A Canadian singer, Rita McNeill, wrote an inspiring song when wheelchair athlete Rick Hanson was travelling the globe in a wheelchair. The gist of it is to not be prisoners of our mind but to fly.
         
        09-20-2013, 10:34 PM
      #19
    Foal
    At my barn my trainer encourages me to use a mounting block every time. I'm 200+, 45 yrs old, and just learning to ride. Someone told me I had to learn how to mount from the ground. So I did.
    Then my trainer told me how much better mounting from a block was for the horse. I'd much rather take better care of my horse then properly mount from the ground. End of story. Way to go OP!!
         
        09-20-2013, 11:58 PM
      #20
    Foal
    Just thought I'd add my story to the mix.

    I'm only 17, and 140 and find it extremely difficult to mount from the ground. I was told that I needed to learn how to, but nothing makes me feel worse than that moment when I'm not sure if I'll make it or not. I think it is something everyone has trouble with but doesn't want to admit. I'm always going to use a mounting block. Better for your horse, your saddle and your self esteem.
         

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