I'm afraid I'll forget how to ride.
I won't be able to ride for a good while and I'm afraid I'll forget how to ride :shock: does this happen? I'm afraid I will forget how to post, 2pt, sitting trot, lose my balance, etc... is there anything I can do to maybe not have this happen?
Riding is something you have for life. Sure you may forgot what diagonal or what lead to get on, but after a reminder from a friend or trainer it will come back to you! Getting a piece of paper and imagine riding will help, maybe a dressage test to help remember. Enter at a walk, heels down, deep seat, then trot, with the correct diagonal, heels down, no pulling reins, etc. Good luck and best wishes!
Its like riding a bike, you never totally forget it. Give it a few rides and you'll be back to normal.
^^ Agreed. Whenever I go a long time without riding, I get rusty, but within a few rides I'm back to normal.
What do you mean by "good while"? 20 years? :wink: I had a break in riding for over 10 years and could post again as long as I sat for the 1st time. Yeah, getting back all those muscles take time, but not the "memory".
Agree with Val, you won't forget but your muscles will for a while ;D
But it won't be forever and when you do you'll feel right at home
You never forget how to ride. I had horses as a kid, took a break, & didn't start riding again until I was in my mid 30's. It's amazing how fast everything comes back to you.
I've had over 6 months out of riding this year, due to work and time restraints, and not having a rideable horse. I rode my coaches 17.1hh 4 year old hanoverian with ENORMOUS paces a few weeks ago. The first 10-15 minutes I felt like I'd completely lost it, but then I got back into the swing of riding and had him working with no problems. In fact my coach was grinning and telling everyone that she 'created - this rider' :oops:
SO yes, you do pick it back up - though I couldn't walk properly for a few days after!!!
It comes back to you, no worries! I took 20 years off, and picked it back up just this past September. So three months later I am back to where I was, and learning a new discipline. Only thing I forgot (actually its my body that forgot) is sitting the trot. 20 years of aging has changed how much my body will relax and respond in the sitting trot...
[QUOTE=kitten_Val;1247860]What do you mean by "good while"? 20 years? :wink:
Not 20 years haha more like 6 months. I will be hospitalized so I wont be able to do much exercise to keep my core muscles in shape. I'm bummed. Thanks for the replies everyone :-)
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