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post #1 of 7 Old 11-08-2013, 04:51 AM Thread Starter
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Talking Back in the saddle after almost 6 months!!

Aaah! So happy I could scream, and my horse must think i'm crazy because I almost cried after both todays ride and yesterdays ride!
Aaaaand cue the rambling!

Well, some of you may know that I haven't been terribly well lately and for the last 5-6 months ish (I lost count) I either haven't had the energy to ride, or had been given doctors orders not to ride... When i didn't have the energy to ride anyway!

Well, I asked my surgeon early last week if I could start riding again and he said YES!! He said yes! I couldn't believe it, with the meds I'm on my blood is a lot thinner for starters so I didn't think he would say yes but he said he wants me back to as normal of a life as I can, as fast as I can, so riding it is!

I have been lunging Mitch and doing other general groundwork activities with him for just over a week now, and decided yesterday was D day.
Few points to note here
-My horse can buck horribly even though he is consistently a lazy toad with an attitude.
-It is spring time here, hello grass issues + thoroughbred
-I'm on dairy farm pasture, about the worst you could get for unscrewing horse heads!
-He hasn't been worked for 6 months.

I have him on some NZ minerals called Graze Ezy, and Alleviate, to help with the grass issues, and either they are working very well or my horse is being very considerate of my fragile state, or both.. Hey, it's possible.

I got on him yesterday and spent 5 minutes rearranging my stirrups since I've lost all my muscle tone, fitness and balance over the past few months. He just stood there for it.

I had to laugh at this, because when I asked him to move forward, we just stood there. I squeezed and I clucked, I kicked and I booted, I smacked and I growled, I even flexed him side to side and he just darn well stood there like a rock. Eventually we got walking, and around 10 meters later we had the same problem again. He just didn't want to go anywhere, I did find it extremely funny but obviously had to keep my straight face on, he has enough "quirks" without adding more to the list.

Eventually, when I asked for a trot, we cantered. And we didn't feel like stopping apparently even though the canter wasn't a particularly fast one.
We also felt like running sideways in Llama fashion, and one particular bush in the paddock HAD to be jumped, all others could just be walked or trotted through...
It could have gone a whole lot worse I feel, I think he did very well for having 6 months off, and the grass etc

then today... Well! Today I had underneath me a Pro Dressage wannabe, I swear somebody has swapped my horse with a different one, because I had a horse who was willingly walking and trotting around in a nice frame without being asked, and it was only his 2nd ride! Whoever took my Mitch can keep him, i like this one better


i'm absolutely exploding with happiness right now, even though physically I feel a bit ill after having dinner
I'm so glad to be able to ride again, I'm even welcoming the muscle pain and the part where you sit down on the couch and go to get up again and have to convince your legs to cooperate with each other.

I've uploaded a couple photo's just for giggles. I know my position isn't the best but I already said I've lost a whole lot of muscle/fitness and balance. Heck, yesterday I cooled Mitch down in a walk with no stirrups and nearly slipped off the left hand side, what the!! and with the way he's going on only his second ride in 6 months I couldn't be happier right now! DJ will wait a little longer before she comes in to work though, she's a bit harder to deal with and i don't want to overload my body and make myself more sick when I'm just starting to become ok again.

First two photos are from today, unintentional bush jumping is from yesterday

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R.I.P ~ Bubbles - 25yo tb mare - 13.04.2011 ~ 8:30am ~ passed away naturally and peacefully in my arms

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post #2 of 7 Old 11-08-2013, 05:42 AM
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I think riding is wonderful therapy! Happy for you.
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post #3 of 7 Old 11-08-2013, 07:22 AM
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So happy for you! Y'all look great together, hope you have many more happy rides.
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post #4 of 7 Old 11-08-2013, 08:33 AM
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Yay soo good to read this!!
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post #5 of 7 Old 11-09-2013, 01:18 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys! I was hoping to ride again today but I've been out at a show all day long photographing for friends so I think I might just overdo myself if I go for a ride tonight, ahwell.. Early night and another one in tomorrow, i'm sure one day won't hurt!

R.I.P ~ Bubbles - 25yo tb mare - 13.04.2011 ~ 8:30am ~ passed away naturally and peacefully in my arms
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post #6 of 7 Old 11-09-2013, 01:24 AM
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Good for you, nothing like some equine therapy to make a person feel better.

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I'm glad you are back on! I've taken about 5-6 months off myself, and as I train horses, but don't own any, I can't just run out and ride, but I'm heading down to visit family and friends next weekend and I get to ride!!! I can't wait. I'm glad you are feeling better, and I hope that you continue to keep doing a little better every day.
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