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TheLauren 11-25-2012 03:38 PM

Sense of accomplishment
Some history: I'm 29. I started riding when I was 25, and rode for about 9 months. I had a bad fall and didn't start riding again until 3 months ago.
My original trainer from 4 years ago was not very good, but unfortunately I didn't know any better.

I have always battled with my weight, but after my fall I gained a lot of weight. I'm 5'6 and weigh in at around #250. It kept me from getting back into riding. I was so afraid everyone would judge me, and I wouldn't have any balance, and I wouldn't find a horse that could support me. Finally, I just couldn't stand not being on a horse. I looked around, and after much deliberation I found a stable I wanted to be at. My new trainer is amazing.

Today she told me to drop my stirrups while I was trotting. I didn't even think twice. I had not been looking forward to it, because I was afraid I wouldn't be able to do it. I sat the trot and posted the trot without my stirrups, and she said I did wonderfully. After my lesson I let her know I had never done that before. She was quite surprised, assuming my older instructor would have had me do that to build strength and balance. Being able to do this just helps reaffirm how much I need to ride. I feel amazing, and I have such a sense of accomplishment. Plus, it's great exercise and I am slowly losing the weight.

What has riding helped you with?

afatgirlafathorse 11-26-2012 02:47 PM

That is awesome. :) It sure feels great to exceed your expectations of yourself!

QOS 11-26-2012 03:00 PM

That is terrific!!! I am happy for you. I am a big chick myself so I know how it feels!! I don't know if I could trot well with both feet out of the stirrups but I can with one as I often pull my foot and and reajust!!

Keep is great for everything...your health, your physical condition, your happiness and mental well being. I always feel better after riding!

CowboysDream 11-28-2012 12:09 AM

Riding has helped give me legs o' steel! Not to mention my stamina is better and I have lost weight from riding. But most importantly, riding gives me a release from a stressful week and confidence!

Congrats on your accomplishment! :D I am nervous for doing no stirrup work on the new horse I ride, I am pretty sure I am going to just rocket off his back with his stride.

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