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        09-06-2011, 04:59 AM
      #31
    Foal
    Hi Guys

    Only got back to riding on Friday. I was not feeling well for a week and then attended a show with hubby so no riding for 2 weeks.

    Had a lovely weekend. Friday I spend quite a bit of time with CC. We had a great ride. Did a lot of trotting, he was great. Saterday did some arena work and went on an outride. He was a bit more difficult on Saterday, I call it the racehorse coming out. I could feel the anxiousness in him, the "I just want to run untill I can't run anymore". He gets this every now and then. That is when my husband gets on him and they go for a ride, they both love that. However, even though I could sense he wanted to do more than walk and trot on Saterday he still behaved. My husband who joined us on the outride also commented on how well he behaved. I am also feeling more confident. With the more confidence I have noticed that I am more balanced again and have a better posture. I think it is because I'm not so tense and actually breath, not holding my breath. Once I tense up a bit I remind myself to breath and I relax and everything feels better. I have not cantered yet. Almost did but decided that maybe the time is not right yet. I am looking forward to starting cantering again, but most important I must fell right about it.

    Hope you all having a great time riding.
         
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        09-06-2011, 06:18 AM
      #32
    Foal
    Great job Raficca! I too have been back in the saddle now that things have gotten to a semi normal state around my house again. My neighbor came over yesterday and we had a nice ride in the arena. Gypsy was a bit antsy, and I had to keep reminding her to listen to me, as she had a alot of her attention on the handsome boy from next door, ans we too almost cantered, but I backed down, just not quite ready for it. Then we decided to go outside the arena and ride the trails that I have on my farm. Well that didn't go so well. As soon as we stepped out of the gate, Gypsy got all excited and started bouncing just waiting it seemed to take off at a full run. When I tried to get her attention back on me by doing our what I call "listen to me" exercises, she got very moody and fought me all the way, even rearing up a bit because I wouldn't let her go. So I got her to stand quietly for a few minutes, asked her to back and then got off. Better to live to ride another day I said. I felt really bad as I was looking forward to the trail ride, and also felt like a weeny cause I backed down and didn't take that chance. But I plan on hitting the saddle today again, in the arena, and will work more on control, and I think maybe get back to some spook in place exercises, as she feels safe in the arena but outside of it everything is a huge monster ready to pounce on her at any given moment. Keep up the good work and keep us posted, your progress is giving all of us "fearful" riders encouragement that we too can reach our goals!
         
        09-06-2011, 06:53 AM
      #33
    Foal
    Gypsyrose better to back off and try later then to end up hurting yourself. You did the right thing.
         

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