YOU PEOPLE ROCK!!!
Seriously, so great to get some much-needed support.
You, a person who has been studying and practicing the art of Dressage under a highly skilled instructor on highly trained HOT horses… You are too highly skilled of a rider at this point...
, OMG - I laughed so hard! "Studying
… the art of Dressage.
" Makes it sound so classy, when I'm just having fun. Highly skilled rider
… I think that's what I'm having a hard time with. Am I? It's like when you drive an automatic for years and then go back to a stick shift with no automatic steering and think, "Holy cow, this is hard! Do I really know how to drive?" I also start to question whether I am being "babied" by trainer.
Are horses way too expensive there? You might be able to get reduced board if you let the barn owner give a few lessons on a horse.
, for me, the most expensive part would be board/upkeep. Without getting into exact costs, which would be an unfair comparison because US salaries are so high, the monthly cost of keeping a horse here is half my salary. But, right now my son's college cost is my full salary, so I don't have an extra half-salary to spare.
6 years left…
, I did not realize that the walk was so painful for some people. Funny, because in my recovery I spent 2 years basically working horses at a walk, so trainer calls me the "walk expert". Sounds sad, but I actually make up challenges for myself, like walking barrel 'racing', cutting close to obstacles using my seat only. Super-fun, actually. And, once horses 'get it', they stretch out low and really bend around your leg.
Awesome that Chico and Comet are the same speed, and that Chico had enough spunk for 2 days. I will admit that I have never tested the limits on a horse like that, and it must be really cool to see them respond so well.
many of us can only imagine I myself would like to be in such a position to have the ability that you have gained in these past months.
, no BS and very humbling. Thank you.
, did not want to take over your thread, so answering here: Crappy trail ride
: ugh, so embarrassing, but thanks for the support.
, you are so right. I have been in a perpetual storm for the last several years, between illnesses and deaths, and trying to pull the weight to keep my kids safe & happy (poor DH). And I haven't had a true vacation in 8 years, maybe more? Heck, I never even got maternity leaves!
..are there other trail places you could ride which perhaps have horses who are forward as well, for more experienced riders? Or someone who is looking for someone to trail ride with them, and has extra horses?
Ideally, I would love to board a horse again near my house (barn/camp in village, trails around reservoir behind our property), but I have to get the kids through college first. I have seen advanced 3-4 day or week-long (5-6 h/day) trail rides offered on English-speaking sites (funny, that), but I would have to work up to that. Wouldn't want to need a medi-evac. Plus, I would want to try out the horses first. Basically, since the accident, I have only ever ridden 3 horses pain-free (smaller PREs & Lusitanos). They need to be rounded/engaged. So, I would be willing to call and try to work out an agreement where I could build up to the 3-4 days, but they have a weight requirement. Thus, before even contacting them, I need to get down to my pre-pregnancy weight, which is not much, but at this age is hard. The last time I got down to that weight, it was after 2 months of pneumonia (ie, no muscle).
As for people I know, at this show barn in particular, no one takes their horses out.
curling up in a bed with an electric blanket, hot chocolate and a good book, and your lovely cat.
Kai is not the curling-up type and prefers his 'tower', but Cookie is a pro at warming tootsies.