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post #11 of 13 Old 04-17-2015, 11:34 PM
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It sounds like you made a great choice in selecting your horse! :)

I ride in a treeless saddle that is as comfortable as a sofa (to me). Every once in a while, I ride in someone else's saddle; and, oh my aching butt, they always feel so hard compared to my own soft saddle. So, yes, I think one of those butt cushions (or a much softer saddle) could help you a lot.

Other than that, go slow. Do stretching exercises on days you don't ride. Remember you're not a teenager!! LOL, like you can forget! (I'm your age).

They make turned stirrups for both western and English saddles that are supposed to help knee pain.

Also, you might consider riding with a helmet or even a safety vest. I hope you don't ever fall off, but if you do, you'll find it's not like falling was as a teenager either!

I am delighted that you're back in the saddle.
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post #12 of 13 Old 04-18-2015, 01:41 AM
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Location: I'm an American girl living in southwest France
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I started riding at 44 and I know I never would have gotten as good as I have (still have a long way to go) without lessons. Lessons will make your riding safer, less painful, and overall more enjoyable. Riding a horse is a sport that takes skill and muscles you don't have yet. Don't short-change yourself, invest in some lessons! :)

“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ” ~ William Shakespeare
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post #13 of 13 Old 04-19-2015, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: North Carolina
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Thanks all. I had my first lesson Friday - with my horse's former owner! She suggested learning to post, so I am working on that.
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