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Can we have an adult re-rider support group?

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    Originally posted by supershorty628 View Post
    Y'all, can I post in here or have I not been out of the sport long enough to qualify as a re-rider?

    If it helps, I rode today for the first time in months and my legs feel like noodles after a 30 minute hack
    If your legs felt like noodles, you're in! We'd love to have you, SS! How have you been?


      SS all are welcome here, we have a loved rider on here who is learning for the first time and we don't even have hunter classes over here and I haven't jumped for decades.
      It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


        SS- welcome, welcome! I'm glad you found our little corner of the FAL- I always enjoyed your blogs.

        Yesterday at the Arabian Exhibition, it was rather a bit of a rollercoaster.

        First thing, during mounted ring acclimation/acclimatization, I had a panic attack, the minute we walked in the arena. Worked through it, and Pony was her fabulous self.

        Getting ready for our part, as we all got to go by ourselves. I go to put on my show jacket and I get stuck by what I thought was errant shavings. Nope. It was a very angry bee. First time ever being stung. I figured it gave me super powers.

        The ride was amazing! Fab told me to just do whatever I was comfortable with and if I wanted to canter to feel free. We trotted around and next thing I knew, I asked for the canter and off we went. Super responsive, both directions. The only bad spot was my murky signal which we corrected. Haven't cantered in a long time, never in that arena.Fab even said I did amazing- I was on cloud 9 all day, until I went to take off my boots.

        The worst part of the day.... my stupid boots. The right one got stuck. I literally could not get it off. Had to hose it twice back at the barn and thankfully it came off on the first try at home. Had to wear one mucker boot and the one field boot around the show grounds I dubbed myself hop-along.

        So back to the drawing board with boots. I'm officially over pull ons. My nerves can't take it, not to mention my claustrophobia. I'm beginning to wonder if I was ever measured correctly to begin with. I'm going to bring my measure tape and have Fab help me next lesson. One video I saw on how to do it said to add 3/8" to the calf and 1/2" to height for drop and comfort. Never heard that from the fun folks at Dover. I even took the plunge and listed them for sale, as they will be great for someone taller and slimmer. I have to wait til they sell before I can get new ones- explaining all that to non-horsey DH was even more fun. He's supportive, however is quite frugal

        Recommendations/advice welcome


          Sadly I had to say goodbye to my sweet Max this weekend. He developed complications from his surgery. I am heartbroken.


            Originally posted by lostinAusten View Post
            Sadly I had to say goodbye to my sweet Max this weekend. He developed complications from his surgery. I am heartbroken.
            I am so, so sorry. It’s the hardest thing. Sending you love and strength.


              Austin - so sorry for your loss. <3 <3 <3


                Originally posted by luckymaverick View Post
                One video I saw on how to do it said to add 3/8" to the calf and 1/2" to height for drop and comfort
                I would say definitely not, do not add anything to the calf measurement for zippered boots. Just measure over the breeches you normally wear (and socks if you wear tall ones). But yes for the height, assume they will drop about 0.5-1".
                Congrats for being brave at the exhibition!

                Supershorty - great to hear from you here, I too enjoyed your blog and hope vet school is going well. I don't think we have any vets who are regulars here but there are a number of lawyers including myself who understand the grad school woes!

                Will update when I'm on my computer, I'm tired of typing on my phone!


                  Welcome, supershorty! I've been a fan of yours for a long time.
                  I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne


                    Originally posted by lostinAusten View Post
                    Sadly I had to say goodbye to my sweet Max this weekend. He developed complications from his surgery. I am heartbroken.
                    I am SO sorry, that's absolutely heartbreaking. We lost one of our Boxers several months ago and it felt like we had lost a child. Sending hugs and love your way.


                      Oh Austen, I am so sorry! Sending you hugs, strength for the tears, and the hope that the happy memories soon comfort you.


                        Lost- I'm so sorry for your loss of Max. Jingles and hugs. He was a lovely boy.


                          Austen..I read your post on Insta this morning, and I've been thinking about you. I know how devastating your loss is. Hugs your way. I am so sad for you and your family.

                          SS...count me in as a blog reader. Definitely you are welcome here.


                          No rest for the weary here. All day depositions today. Just will report that we had a great fundraising weekend. As a group we raised $19,464.60!!! Woo hoo.

                          I will report more tomorrow.
                          My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover:


                            Oh my gosh, Austen, I'm so sorry. That's just heartbreaking. Sending you lots of warm, if a little creepy, internet hugs.

                            Lucky Congrats on a great show! Loved the pictures on IG. So glad it went well and you had a real shot of confidence. What made you kick on to canter? I hear you on the boots, I think definitely consider some zip ups.

                            SS Wow, not to be weird, but I feel like a celebrity is in our midst! Welcome! I have loved all your postings and really appreciate how sensible you are on the boards.

                            Sugar holy wow on your beautiful pictures. You guys look amazing, I absolutely love the action shot.

                            PF How is Dante doing? What does Chico think is what I REALLY want to know!

                            Dewey Really amazing work at the show, LOVE the pictures. It sounds like you handled everything so well and even took a high option. Is this kind of changing your appetite for different types of classes? I bet the judges really loved Sky's assertive style! I've been seeing more judging awarding horses for brilliance and I think that's a great thing!

                            Not much to report over here, my trainer is in Europe doing horse shopping and the lady I work with at home is on vacation so it's all me all the time with Sandro the last two weeks. I've been jumping a bit but I'm too chicken to really raise the jumps, so I'm focusing on being soft in the corners and jumping all the spooky panels, walls and coolers. It's amazing bc the minute I really stop pulling so much, Sandro is much less spooky. I'm also practicing long bending lines bc I 100% get lost when I have a bending line longer than 6 or 7 strides at the shows. I'm still releasing too much with my body and not enough with my hands, but it's hard to remember everything when you're alone right?


                            Today I clip Sandro for the first time . Wish him luck! Next week we go to Del Mar, and he is already so hairy!


                              Austen, I am so sorry. I am posting this for you, as I do for every friend who loses a beloved dog. A friend gave me a copy when I lost my first standard poodle in 1998. I cried buckets, but it also made me feel better. Let the tears flow, dear. Max was worth it.

                              For years, this essay was the most requested from the newspaper's archives.
                              I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne


                                Greys - You're lucky, I think grey is the most forgiving color for clipping. I'm a DIY-er for most things but I'm not brave enough to clip This year I may ask one of the few young riders at my barn (after checking with her mom), she did a good job with her own horse last year and is probably one of the few people who might think the money is worth it!
                                Does this mean you're not going to Sacramento?

                                Paradox - Congrats on a successful event!

                                Cupid and I went to go play at our local horse park last Friday. They had the arenas set up for a weekend show and opened it for schooling, so it was a good opportunity to practice over real show fences. Cupid and I played in the hunter ring, jumping all sorts of pretty flower boxes and braving the tents flapping in the wind.

                                On Sunday we had a lesson, which was mostly my coach reminding me to "sit up!!! lean back!!!" Today Cupid was unusually distracted in the covered arena (the blocks that he jumped no problem last week; horses walking quietly to turnout; people walking by; wheelbarrow in the arena - all things he's seen a hundred times). I had planned to just do a quick ride before work but he made it much longer since we had to work through all the silliness. (sorry boss! )


                                  TC- I'm glad the show environment schooling went well. I don't like flapping tent flaps at all! There was the one time the tent blew over right next to Pony- she startled and then could have cared less- I cared much more.

                                  Greys- Thanks for the kind words. I do love watching your videos- I want to get that quiet at the canter. As far as deciding to canter, I think it was a mix of several things- Fab putting no pressure/expectations, Pony going well with her junior, and not wanting to wuss out. The ring rides really well, Pony practically floats in it- just like our favorite only better.

                                  Now that I'm back in boots no man's land- I can't remember- is it better to fit the calf measurement exactly? Going down didn't do me any favors, however that could have been any number of things. I do know that for height, 17" is too tall for me. I measured, and will have Fab double check, but I got 15", so no wonder the ankles looked rough and they never dropped enough.


                                    Lucky - Have you considered going to a cobbler to ask about putting in a zipper? (I've never done this; google says $35 & up.) If the boots are otherwise in decent shape that might be your best best, I'm not sure if any regular english tall boots would be short enough without going custom. Dewey might know of something though since she is very petite! I know in Ariat, the 7.5 short is 17".
                                    I unfortunately recently had to return boots I ordered because they didn't fit me in a place you don't measure; I guess I have high arches because they were very painful on the tops of my feet! The calf was perfect though. As I said, for calf I would use the actual measurement over whatever you normally wear riding.


                                      Hi all fellow re-riders. I'm starting to ride again after 13 years off because of a back injury I received when I was hit by a drunk driver. I was told I would never ride again and that definitely took it's toll on me both mentally and physically. This summer I decided that I'm going to try to start riding, even if only at a walk. I got dedicated about losing some weight (down 25 lbs so far with 20 more to go) when I sent my colt off to be started in May. I have now gotten to ride my pony 3 times so far. He is so comfortable that when I decided to ask for the trot and he picked up the canter instead from the walk, we went for it! My rides have already exceed my expectations so I am going to continue to set new goals. It definitely has it share of challenges. My body doesn't want to cooperate with my mind. I hope to slowly regain my seat and legs that I once had. I hope I can find my quiet hands I used to have without even thinking about it. But all my limitations aside, my pony was happy and agreeable. He took care of me every step of the way. To me he is the best baby stallion and has only been under saddle for 5 months now. This has been so good for my soul and I am realizing how my I truly missed it.
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                                        Dewey - this thread popped up when I was searching Aiken. You had a lovely round in the Derby We had two in the Derby - my husband was one of the pros. Come say hi next time you’re at an Aiken show!

                                        I would love to be a re-rider one of these days. It’s been so long since I have actually ridden seriously although I hack around the farm occasionally. I miss it! Surrounded by horses and none for me!


                                          nycjumper, you can still be a part of this group! Stick around, you may enjoy it.

                                          alliekat, welcome! I love your pics. You and your pony make a good pair. I will enjoy hearing more about you and your pony.

                                          TC, glad you were able to work through the silliness! I'm wondering how D will be after not being ridden in probably 3 or 4 months. And I don't know his under-saddle personality yet, so who knows.

                                          lucky, sending good boot vibes your way. And congrats on your ride!!!

                                          greys, sounds like you are getting some good productive riding in without your trainer there. And yes, it is HARD to work on your own. Good job.

                                          Well, I'm now playing catch up from being gone all weekend. And yesterday I was in depositions all day. I will have a few days now in the office to work on transcripts. Sigh.

                                          D is doing well. He's moving around really well in his boots, so I'm hoping maybe we can get shoes on him a little sooner. I need to check in with the vet. Fingers crossed.

                                          My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover: