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post #31 of 43 Old 06-06-2013, 12:03 AM
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I second the aussie saddle method. If you're going to go western, make sure you get one with large swells as they can be helpful too.
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post #32 of 43 Old 06-06-2013, 12:11 AM
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Do you ever do any yoga or pilates? I find that it is extremely helpful for developing the right muscles and body awareness to have a fighting chance at riding through some of the craziness that horses can throw at you.

Beth Glosten is a local pilates instructor (in Redmond, WA) who focuses on pilates for riders. My mom and I have known and worked with her for several years, and she is amazing. The pilates always leaves me feeling like a new person when I step out the door, and I know for a fact that it has greatly aided my riding ability. Beth teaches regular classes, offers individual instruction, gives clinics, and has a book/DVD that you can look into. Here's her website: RiderPilates. There are other books out there for rider fitness as well of course.

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post #33 of 43 Old 06-06-2013, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
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I know of Beth.

I used to do yoga, but got lazy and quit. No excuses here.
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post #34 of 43 Old 06-06-2013, 02:29 AM
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Glad you didn't break anything Tiny, at our age we don't bounce anymore.
post #35 of 43 Old 06-06-2013, 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
I disliked the only Aussie saddle I ever rode in. I found it hard to post the trot. But, I have thought about putting a western saddle on Z. it's a thought, I mean, about the Aussie saddle...
Saddles are a very individual thing. My youngest HATES Australian saddles. She will ONLY ride in our Circle Y. OTOH, I'd just as soon hit my knees with a hammer as ride in the Circle Y. It would save me time, because that is how I would feel anyways about 15 minutes later...

I had fun doing some arena riding with my English saddles this last month, but I need to sell them. I can't imagine Mia ever being "bombproof", and my 55 year old bones are only getting older with time...darn it! Maybe I need to start riding little Cowboy. He's our most level-headed horse, and only 13 hands high. 13 hands can sound pretty good at times...particularly for my wife, who got in her quarterly ride yesterday:

If and when the horse hits the fan, 13 hands sounds nicer that 17! YGBSM, tinyliny...17 hands? I'd break into a nervous sweat just looking up at that! Not to mention needing a rope ladder for mounting.

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post #36 of 43 Old 06-06-2013, 11:55 AM
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I am very sorry to hear this Tiny. I also have large horses and know the feeling of, oh crap! This is going to hurt! That is what kept me from bailing off my 17.2 mare when she saw the demon llama! How are you feeling so far today??

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post #37 of 43 Old 06-06-2013, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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It pays to whine! I am getting all this lovely attention from you all. Thanks so very much.

I wish I could regale you with photo of purple and green bruises, but I dont' have anything visible. I am actually doing really well, which really surprises me.
I am such a tough old bird!
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post #38 of 43 Old 06-06-2013, 12:20 PM
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OKKKKKKKKKK, I have to just say, that as someone approaching 50 in a couple years, YOU ARE NOT OLD!! Stop saying that!!!! 80 is getting old, lol.
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post #39 of 43 Old 06-06-2013, 12:33 PM
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Welcome to the high flyers club!!!
I had 17.2 horse for 8 years that belonged to my boss and yes it is a long way down - and that somehow seem to allow for more time to take in the view and think about what's coming!!!
Biggest pain was that sometimes I'd have to hobble for what seemed like miles to find something to stand on so I could get back on
Hope you don't ache too much tomorrow.
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post #40 of 43 Old 06-06-2013, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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High flyers club! that's precious!

N2M, that's true. I am not old. but I just like to say that to make myself feel all like some kind of tough old bird. it's all for show.
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