Getting (Re) Bitten by the riding bug.
Have you ever, for what ever reason said you were no longer going to ride? Only to be drawn back for a new reason? This is what is happening with our daughter.
Almost 2 years ago her pony had to be semi retired due to Lamintic changes that made doing his job at her level impossible. We leased him out for a year to a little up down rider and after that lease was up decided to fully retire him here at home. The past 3 months were the worse with more changes and it got to the point that we had made an appointment with the vet to have him put down. 2 days before our farrier came out and worked his magic with some special shoes, epoxy rubber fill and pads. One month later and he feels like a new pony. During this 2 year period my daughter refused to ride with the exception of hoping on my horse a few times as a favor to me. She had lost her will to ride and swore she would never again. I didn't push, although I was very sad. Fast forward to a month ago. I found a little project horse clear across the country. Site unseen I bought this 3 year old off of a video. When he finally got here, I had hoped it would ignite a new spark in my daughter. It didn't at first, until she saw how much fun I was having with him. I asked if she would be the first to jump him for me so I could take pics....well guess what? She fell in love. While he is far from a world beater, he has the best brain and heart. She has ridden him everyday and even has started him over fences. It does my heart good that she let her wall down and is enjoying being back in the saddle. I am so thankful that our little project help her realize that, while he will never replace her pony, she can take the skills her pony taught her and share with another horse. Now she is getting back her muscle memory and into riding shape all while riding her new green bean.
I have included a few pictures of him and a quick video where sheis working on cadence and letting him find a good distance. It has only been 3 weeks that he has jumped with a rider. So proud of both of them.
I would love to hear others stories of how you got back in the saddle after a period of time off.