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post #11 of 40 Old 11-24-2019, 10:10 PM
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Hey RedBager

Congrats on bein' Back in the Saddle!
If I might, might I recommend an inflatable safety vest to protect your back.
I have a bad lower back and neck from landing on my head, on my back, getting run over, etc. back when I was invulnerable and raced Motocross. In the decade-plus I have lived in the company of Equines, I have also had a few (er, um) unexpected dismounts. Landing on yer back from 17 hands up _hurts_.
Years ago I determined to acquire a safety vest, and decided on a HitAir "Advantage" inflatable. Google them, and also another makers product Point 2 for some interesting reading.
Anyway, I have since had a couple of opportunities to test the thing, one a pretty good trial on a fast trail ride, and . . . aside from a scuffed elbow, Nothing Hurt; I got up, dusted off and finished the loop.
Just sayin' :-)

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post #12 of 40 Old 11-25-2019, 10:50 AM
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Yay for being able to ride again!!! Congratulations! I know that must feel good. I'm glad your surgery went well, & I hope the rest of your recovery is just as smooth sailing. :) Great news!
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post #13 of 40 Old 11-25-2019, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, and the requisite photo of my buddy.
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post #14 of 40 Old 11-29-2019, 02:41 PM
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He looks like a real sweetie!
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post #15 of 40 Old 11-29-2019, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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He's lovely. (Those legs! He's got big solid feet too). Of the three horses at the barn that can carry me, he's my favorite. Jasper (don't have a good photo of Jas) is second, but he's more of a challenge - a bit too much horse for me for learning. Tobes is steady and patient and largely bombproof and we work well together. I can't wait til next Friday when we go on a trail ride - nothing (to me) quite like a late-afternoon trail ride in the winter.
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post #16 of 40 Old 11-29-2019, 09:20 PM
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Great story about the surprise at the fair - I could really picture it. Very best wishes for your continued recovery - and no more injuries!

That's a lovely, solid horse you've got there!
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post #17 of 40 Old 12-07-2019, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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After a break for Thanksgiving, we did a trail ride yesterday, which I had been looking forward to the ENTIRE week, and thensome, particularly after seeing farms and horses from the interstate (my dad and I drove to DC from Boston to see family). Then it started snowing very lightly on Friday afternoon (after the barn's area got a bunch of snow earlier this week), which made it particularly more perfect. There is something particularly serene and special about riding through the woods in snow, though I admit I can be somewhat romantical. It feels like going on a wild journey, and it's good for the soul. Toby and I didn't lead - we probably could've asked, I suppose, but overall it went very well. My "horse muscles" are a little uncertain, but I wasn't in any pain. It would be a good time to go back to yoga or do more dryland core exercises on my off days. (I've been doing a lot of swimming. Like, a *lot* of swimming.) I even helped out with night feed - under the very watchful eye of my trainer, who is making up for all the time when she didn't know how much pain I was in. (I'm not bothered - I think "oh by the way, I have to have surgery to correct the excruciating pain I'm in all day every day" was kind of a shock...)



There's going to be a thaw and rain and a refreeze in the coming week then my trainer is gone for a couple of weeks. I can still go to the barn, and if Tobes' owner is not using him I might even be able to ride him a little bit in the pen or the ring, since as my trainer says, they know I'm not going to do anything stupid. Or, we can go on a regular trail ride.


I am, however, an idiot, who accidentally left my bag of tricks and my helmet in the office at the barn before Thanksgiving and then forgot about it until yesterday. Found the bag, but the helmet is so far nowhere to be found. Trainer thinks one of the pony kids took it by accident, and hopefully that's true, because I can't really afford to replace it until I start at the ambulance again. (And I see my neurosurgeon on the 17th, so hoping for a Christmas eve return! My regular shift is a Tuesday, 24hr, but I can probably sway scheduling into giving me just the first 12hr so I can still go to Christmas Eve services.)

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post #18 of 40 Old 12-14-2019, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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FOUND THE HELMET. Which is great because that would've been an unexpected expense. Anyway, when I got to the barn my instructor had been called away for a plumbing emergency at her place, but when I checked in she said I could take Tobes to the ring or round pen wherever the footing was best. (As she's said, she and most of the regular barn folks know I'm not going to do anything stupid. Frankly I'm not competent enough to try anything particularly wild).

So we had a nice little ride together. Mainly walking, but the footing was alright enough to try a little jog/trot. We could have done more, but I didn't want to push my back too hard. He was a solid gentleman who didn't need to be cued twice, though it's clear I'm clumsy on some things, being out of practice.

Riding in winter has its pleasantness - a big fuzzy horse and imperfect conditions.

My trainer's gone for a couple of weeks as of next week, but somewhere in there I may be able to come out and play a little, I'll ask his owner at the Christmas party on Sunday. If not, I have plenty of swimming to do (nearly at 100 miles for the year).
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post #19 of 40 Old 12-14-2019, 06:34 PM
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Hooray for finding the helmet, and more riding!
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post #20 of 40 Old 12-29-2019, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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The ring was greasy (that sort of gross mud where it appears fine but just under the grass it's squishy) and my instructor was still away on Friday, so Toby and I just had a little walk ride. Circles are dull, particularly when you have to shrink them because slimy mud, so we did what you might call horse-yoga, with bending and side-pass and shoulder-in and circles and serpentines. He gave me some lovely shoulder-ins, we would go in a straight line but I'd have him bend his neck say toward my left and swing his butt out just a bit to the right, for a few steps and then switch and he went nicely. I can't say it looked good, but it felt like it might've.


PonyKid says Tobes doesn't like him (and Toby does give him a bit of side-eye, I guess) and bucks on him. Now, Toby has bucked once or twice on me, and that was last year after about 6 weeks of 0 work due to ice. A couple more times he's gotten startled by something and jumps forward, but that's not really a buck. And then sometimes when I lunge him he bucks before settling into a canter.



But I am curious - PonyKid is a more experienced rider (he's 14 and been riding since he was like 6 or 7 I think), is he just asking Tobes to do more complex or energetic things and Toby is grumpy over it or what? Because I don't know how to canter yet, so all I can ask for is walk, jog, trot, and the above-noted horse yoga, and his responses to me have, overall been pretty willing to at least try what I'm asking for. I could imagine Toby simply doesn't like the way PonyKid asks him, and I can picture Toby trying a buck more than, say, Nugget, but ... I dunno. I can't imagine Toby and I just have a solid enough relationship that he knows he better not pull some nonsense with me, because I only ride him but once a week.
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