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Lol

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Lol says:

back into riding

Have been back in the saddle for 6 months now after a 26year break from regular riding. I am finding it even better than I remembered although I don't remember aching this much! I ride at a wonderful school close to my home and the choice of horses is great. Anyone else back after a long break,and anyone in Hampshire need any help with a friendly equine stable duties and or riding? Lol.

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Ronans_mum

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Ronans_mum says:

Re: back into riding

Good for you lol......getting back after a long break. 26 years is a long one I agree. No, sorry I am not in Hampshire but I wish you good luck with your refound hobby.[^]

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kitcat

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kitcat says:

Re: back into riding

I started riding again 3 years ago after a break of 26 years. I didn't have lessons way back when just rode friends ponies as often as possible [:D] My parents made me give up when I was diagonsed with epilepsy as they felt that I would be putting myself too much at risk (they didn't mind the sailing or canoeing as they felt someone would pull be out of the water). Anyway, my sister bought me a riding lesson as a christmas present and I have been addicted ever since [8D] I'm not in Hampshire either, I'm in West Yorkshire and I haven't yet persuaded my OH that a horse is a good idea. I'm working on it - any suggestions would be gratefully received [;)]

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Lol

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Lol says:

Re: back into riding

Tell him to try it only problem then is you will have to share, I would love to have my own horse again- just having expensive lessons for now but absolutely worth every penny. Horses are the best.

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newgirl

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newgirl says:

Re: back into riding

I've only just started riding and am the oldest novice on my yard but am loving it! Am not sure if this is a common thing but the school I go to gives you the option of loaning their horses so effectively you look after them and ride them but the school has first option on whether the use the horse in the lesson. It works out a lot cheaper than a standard loan... That seemed to be a good selling point to my OH (oh, that and I might have mentioned I was feeling clucky - fear tactics always seem to work!)

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Ronans_mum

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Ronans_mum says:

Re: back into riding

I like the idea of the riding school loaning you a horse. [8D]I have heard of "own a pony day" but nothing as good as your yard are offering, Newgirl. Brilliant idea, they can make sure you get a "good match", monitor your progress and help if there's a problem. Plus I take it you continue to have lessons on him/her; so often when you buy your first horse there is very little cash left over for lessons, just when you REALLY need them. My OH took riding up when I returned to it 17 years ago. It began with us getting lessons for our 4 yo son, then I decided to take it up again and of course His Nibs decided he'd give it a go...No show with out Punch, you see.[;)] After a while I loaned an aged mare and after 3 years we bought our own, a 16.3 Irish horse who quickly became OH's province pretty much, so when poor old Sean had to be put down after 4 years I decided to buy a small horse for ME!! OH is over 6 foot so my little 15.2 mare was ideal, except she wasn't. [:(] I had her for nearly 8 years but we never really got on [:(] So I sold her and gave up.... Well....... I did but now I am back,[;)] bought 17 hand Ronan in November and OH is NOT involved. Well he rides out on his bike with me sometimes, and he held the stirrup so I could get on in the early days. But he hasn't ridden him and I am not sure I want him to, sounds awful I know.[:I] But I really do love this horsey so I am rather protective, not to say, possesive...[:I] lol... yes you are so right...HORSES are the BEST!! They keep us young, they keep us fit and who really cares if we are POOR???[;)]

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jixer

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jixer says:

Re: back into riding

Hi, im back in the saddle after a 10yr break! bought an ex race horse last Oct he's lovely natured, gave him a few months off to put some weight on coz he was really skinny but just started riding him. Its wierd though, when i was younger i had all the bottle in the world and would ride anything but my confidence isnt what it used to be! think its coz i havent fallen off for so long, rode him today and he tripped , leapt and bronked (stayed on, just!!) [:0] but my heart was racing and i felt nervous for the rest of the ride! anyone else like that??

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fleabitten

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fleabitten says:

Re: back into riding

newgirl - my riding school does that in the summer time but it is mainly children taking the ponies out. [:)]

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only1wu

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only1wu says:

Re: back into riding

Best wishes to all of you. I had a nasty accident 3 years ago. I fell off a young horse, hit a metal gate & fractured vertebra number L5. I had 18 months off and getting back was not easy. I thought that my own horse was a bit sharp for a first try so I booked a lesson in a riding school. Did a bit of walk & trot, felt really chuffed, got off and fell over!! Legs not quite working, seemingly. However, with OH leading me up the road at first, me and horse got back together and we re-discovered the joys of hacking out. He is very spooky , and was even more so after 18 months off, so it was sometimes a bit hairy. Like you, jixer, I didn't have the bottle that I had before. I made loads of excuses not to go out (wind, rain, time). Found that visualising doing it right, deep breathing and TTeam touches on the horse made it all a bit easier. Now I am going to a lovely riding school once a week and last week jumped 2ft 6!!. Next step will be to take own horse for a lesson and try to do likewise. My friend goes with me and she is getting back to riding after 20 years off. So it can be done. Sorry, but we live in Cumbria, so can't help with the "hands on". But wish you all the luck in the world. By the way, I am 61, so it's never too late. [:)][:)]

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newgirl

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newgirl says:

Re: back into riding

I definitely think you get more nervous the older you get, it's probably because you're a lot more aware of what can go wrong! That said, falling off a couple of times has done me the world of good as have realised as it doesn't hurt as much as I expect it to (well not always!!!). I can't decide whether I want my OH to start riding, on the one hand I think it'd be great to go out on hacks together but then again, it's kind of nice to have something just for me [:)] Had a great lesson with my horse this week, have been trying to work out whether she's too advanced for me to ride or whether she's just playing up - either way riding hasn't been much fun for the past month or so. Anyway, my instructor reckons she's just taking the mick so we're back to walking and trotting and trying to get her to agree that for all she's a massive beast, I'm the boss - not her! Wish me luck!!

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