I am just a backyard rider, rode regularly and frequently for short times (maybe 3-5 times per week for 45 min to an hour).
Now I've had a new gelding for a few weeks short of a year whom I have not ridden yet.
He was a recently gelded, untrained 6 year old who was a handful of trouble when I got him (for no money). DSCN3836_1061.jpg
I have a lot of excuses though LOL.
Last winter was very hard on me injury wise (I'm 60 yrs old
First I fell backwards over a torpedo heater on the cement and thought I broke my hand, went to the ER over that, and it bothered me longer than any of the subsequent injuries:
Then I fell down the steps at my house-trailer, all of them, it was very bad, I couldn't move and was sick and throwing up for a few days.
Then I was T-boned on the highway, totaled my little old Toyota truck. I was transported to ER for my knee, and spent the winter hobbling around with only one hand.
Also there is no indoor arena and the winter was a doozy. I did manage to get him tame and handling well. By mid-summer ground-driving and thinking nearly ready to get on with it. DSCN4102_1327.jpg
Then he was quite off on the RF.
Late Sept took him to Woodland Run, a lameness vet, his tendon down back of FR leg is sore compounded by underrun heels, so he is on limited mobility for 3 months, not stall rest but no work and try to keep quiet. DSCN1086.jpg
That will be until Christmas, Vet suggested no weight until spring. He seems to be doing well now, but definitely slipping in training. Now winter is upon us again. 3" of snow and below zero wind chill for a few days now.
So that's my story and I'm sticking to it. DSCN4134_1358.jpg