Starting Over, All Over Again

3 June 2013 Comments

After six months of not riding at all, and almost a year of not riding regularly—and certainly not riding well, even when I was in the saddle—I’m starting over. Again.

I’ll be taking some lessons and doing some catch riding for a while. I may look in to half leasing later this fall, although for various reasons I’m not going to buy a horse again for a few years.

At this point, I’ve been back in the saddle a few times. Unfortunately, my grand Come Back party was not nearly as well attended as I would have liked.

Hip Alignment sent its regrets, in the form of Duck Feet.

My hands showed up, but they were flighty and tended to freeze at the worst moments.

My seat didn’t even respond to the invitation. I’ve heard through the grapevine that it is denying allegations that it ever knew me.

But as if to make up for all that, Leaning Forward and Collapsing Through the Rib Cage not only showed up, they brought beer hats, deep-fried cheetos, and foam fingers to cheer me on.

And Staring At the Dirt announced it had found some property it liked and would be putting in an offer.

So… clearly I have my work cut out for me, but I’ll admit there is a part of me that is just so happy to be back in the saddle again that I don’t mind if all my habits and I are riding around like drunk monkeys.

On the other hand… my willingness to admit such things may be why my seat is applying for the Witness Protection Program.

Tagged: Riding


Lauren 4 June 2013

You’ll get it all back!  The important thing is that you’re riding again and enjoying it smile

Sarah 5 June 2013


I have actually felt better than I expected to, so I’m hopeful I’ll get back to normal (for me) pretty quickly. Especially since I’ll be taking lessons again. It’s been a long time since I could do that regularly, so I’m looking forward to it.

CHV 7 June 2013

Try starting over after a 10 year break like I did. It’s amazing how much will come back.

I do suggest doing some simple exercises to improve your riding fitness. Crunches, reverse crunches, the “superman stretch” (look it up) all help. So does walking backwards, heel first - strengthens the muscles you use to cue the horse.

Sarah 10 June 2013

CHV, it does come back. Eventually.

I actually prefer ball passes or ball pikes to regular crunches; they just seem to work better for me.

Fortunately I have a trip planned for next summer that will require being in pretty decent physical shape, so I have motivation far beyond riding to sort myself out.

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