Thanks, everybody! :)
I also have experience with some friends who are autistic. Heck, sometimes I think I must be Aspergers because I don't quite get social conventions, say the wrong things at the wrong time, and can totally relate to those on the spectrum.
Entirely possible! A lot of folks don't get diagnosed until they're adults, especially if their symptoms are milder than the classic cases. (I was twenty, myself, which I know is not old, but I just mean I wasn't a little kid, haha.)
It does sound like you're completely on top of things and know what works for you, so I'd say you'll do great with the right coach! It's quite a process, I know... you may have to try out a couple before finding the right fit. You could even ask to audit a lesson with a coach to see if you think you will click with them before booking your own lesson.
Gosh, I hope so! Part of me feels like, "that's it, me, you've got this!" and another part is just overwhelmed and nervous. But I suppose that's normal!
I didn't even know that auditing might be an option! Thank you for the suggestion, that could be very helpful!
I think my next step right now is to go lay eyes on the barns on my list. Not even to look too closely--really just a drive by, just to get a general idea of what places look like. (Really, it's a concession I'm making to my anxiety. Too many unknowns makes my brain buzz in a bad way.) Then I think I'll start making phone calls, I think, and scheduling time to visit barns and meet trainers (and horses, of course!). I'll be sure to ask about auditing. :)
Do you want to ride English or Western? I do find that yoga is one way I can keep myself fit and flexible between lessons. I like the online videos with Adriene.
I've only done English, but I'm not averse to trying Western! I mainly want to trail ride/hack, so if I find a good place to do it, I've no preference about their style. (That's another thing on my list when looking at barns. If the barn culture is super focused on competitions, it's probably not a good fit.)
I just miss horses so much, y'know?
I didnít notice where you are located, but I would recommend searching for a barn on a couple of different websites:
- will bring you to therapeutic riding facilities, specifically, where you will find instructors with training to support riders with autism
- will allow you to look up facilities whose instructors are focused on teaching and high standards for safety
THANK YOU! I've only been doing google searches. I didn't know about either of these databases! I will give them a look!
P.S. This website has good emojis.
Originally Posted by MeditativeRider View Post
I think my daughter (tween age) is ASD, but it is very hard to find someone qualified to do an assessment for her where we live and very $$$, so sometimes I wonder if I will bother trying to get one. I homeschool her so she does not need it for school help or anything. Do you think having a diagnosis has helped you?
In terms of fitness, what sort of activity to do you do now, and what do you like? Anything that gets you moving will be beneficial. Walking, cycling, swimming, yoga (I like Five Parks Yoga on Youtube), mobility/stretching (would recommend Tom Merrick and Upright Health on Youtube), weights, mat pilates... I do a mix of these and just try aim for at least 30 min a day. I try to avoid running as I have a family history of knee replacements but have started a little lately as my daughter can now outrun me both in terms of speed and distance.
Oh geez, I know, testing for any kind of learning disability is sooooo expensive. And half the time insurance doesn't cover it, but then they'll only let you have other services if you get officially tested. It's absurd.
At the moment, I get at least a little exercise every day. I walk for about a mile with my mother every night. (Though not the past few nights, because I turned my ankle on Wednesday. It'll be fine in a few days, but very annoying.) I work a desk job, so I sit around all day which is of course terrible for me. I've got bad posture, no abdominal strength, and no flexibility. But for the first time in literal years I feel motivated to change that. I have been looking into yoga type exercises on Youtube that are geared to equestrians. I also bought an exercise ball and I'm going to try using that as a chair (at least when my cat will let me. She very much wants me off the couch, and little claws are bad for exercise balls, haha).
Thank you for the recs!