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post #71 of 153 Old 05-19-2013, 10:14 PM
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I was sent for physical therapy at the time, but the therapy didn't do any good. I didn't try a chiropractor. Maybe I should have, but I never even thought to ask. I've met others who swear by them.

Happily, these last couple of months jogging and riding have turned a corner. My back is improving every week. Riding Mia today, in our little arena, my back felt the best it has in over 4 years. It is a 'night & day' difference from just two months ago!

The chiropractor changed my life!!!!! I went from intense neck and lower back pain to loose and limber in minutes!!
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The chiropractor changed my life!!!!! I went from intense neck and lower back pain to loose and limber in minutes!!
Amazing how we will do all these things for our horses without hesitation...but when it comes to ourselves, we just don't.
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The only trail rides I've gone on are 1) when traveling, need a horse fix, it's a good way to get a feel for what it's like to own a horse in an area unfamiliar to me and to support part of the horse industry where many get their start, or 2) when people come to visit and think they have to ride to make their vacation in the West complete.

I've never gone for a trail ride on any horse I've owned or worked. I have to have some point to being out there. And even if I'm schooling a horse, I'm also checking water, grass, fences, cattle or sheep and doing something with any of those.

Neither competing nor pleasure riding interests me. There are many kinds of horse people and they're all just fine.
^^^ Hubby is the same, the ride must have a job involved! Either we are gathering, checking or doctoring.

As for me I have found when I am stuck in an arena I want out and when I am stuck out I wished I had an arena!
But either way I use them both to my advantage.
Also I found most horses don't really dislike being outside of an arena it is most likely a lack of confidence of being outside.


ETA: Had a nasty wreck and I found a chiro who also did deep tissue massage. Well worth the money spent.
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post #74 of 153 Old 05-20-2013, 01:47 AM
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Then again, I'm the type of rider that gets bored just walking on trails...
But why "just walk" on trails? Or maybe I have too broad a definition of "trail"? From what I have ridden on hereabouts, a trail can be almost anything: smooth dirt roads, rough old logging roads, single-tracks through the forest (or sometimes no track at all), the shore of a lake - sometimes all in the same ride. If it was up to Ellie, we'd be doing a lot of it at a trot, some at a canter.
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But why "just walk" on trails? Or maybe I have too broad a definition of "trail"? From what I have ridden on hereabouts, a trail can be almost anything: smooth dirt roads, rough old logging roads, single-tracks through the forest (or sometimes no track at all), the shore of a lake - sometimes all in the same ride. If it was up to Ellie, we'd be doing a lot of it at a trot, some at a canter.
I definitely wasn't saying all trail riders just walk. I'm saying that it's not my cup of tea to meander down the trails and enjoy scenery, but if you were to ask either of my parents, that's exactly what they want to do. Was just trying to make the point that everyone has different tastes
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I get bored just riding here on the ranch! And it is 400 acres, lol. I would love to have an arena to work on things in (preferably covered), but would not want to be limited to it. I guess it is just different strokes for different folks. We cannot all be the same.
NVR come on down I have a arena you can practice in and Lots of Trails around too :P it would be a blast!
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But why "just walk" on trails? Or maybe I have too broad a definition of "trail"? From what I have ridden on hereabouts, a trail can be almost anything: smooth dirt roads, rough old logging roads, single-tracks through the forest (or sometimes no track at all), the shore of a lake - sometimes all in the same ride. If it was up to Ellie, we'd be doing a lot of it at a trot, some at a canter.
Want to keep your horse sharp and light? Go off trail and weave through the trees at a trot like a slalom course...just watch your knees!
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Want to keep your horse sharp and light? Go off trail and weave through the trees at a trot like a slalom course...just watch your knees!
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That would be a good way to teach a horse to pick up his feet, and be aware of spacing as you shove trees out of your way!! I may have to try that on the pine farms I ride through with the rows and rows of straight, evenly spaced trees.
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My opinion, too, Catrina. My horse is green and I like breaking off the trail. She has to pay attention where she puts her feet and it makes me work harder to give her the right cues as to what I want.
In many areas you can't get off the trail (rules to keep the area from being damaged) but at our favorite horse camp the area is open and there is lots of opportunity to challenge both of us. I love training (I call it riding)in the great open space.
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NVR come on down I have a arena you can practice in and Lots of Trails around too :P it would be a blast!
Thank you, I would love to!!! Hummmmmmmmmmmmmmm road trip???

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