My doctor just revised my diagnosis from GAD to ADD and told me to stay way from horses - too dangerous for someone who has trouble paying attention.
I rode a ton as a kid and even competed in local events. Took 20 years off and then a couple of years ago, I tried equine assisted therapy and the therapist encouraged me to start riding again. I took generic english lessons for a year and have been taking dressage lessons since the beginning of this year.
Since switching to dressage I have noticed that I have trouble keeping it all together. I've made great progress in my riding since I first started but every week I keep doing dumm mindless things due to ADD.
A couple of weeks ago I actually put the helmet on my head not realizing that I never took of my sunglasses and I rode like that the entire lesson. Previously, I came to the barn with my chaps on the wrong leg, or with the zipper on the wrong side. Last week I left my gloves at the barn and a critter who shall remain anonymous chewed off the thumb!
So far my mind flubs have been somewhere between annoying and amusing but my doctor said that this could create a dangerous situation and that I should find another hobby.
I can't be the only ADD person attempting to ride on a regular basis. Any suggestions, for keeping it all together? Any success stories about riders with ADD?