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Can we have an adult re-rider support group?

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  • I really need to change my username. It actually has 0 meaning and I completely made it up after drawing a total blank.

    Anyway, Lesson was great. We centered which is somewhat huge when you're a 40 + out of shape re-rider! My hips weren't happy but it was fun.

    Really hoping to take my own horse next lesson, weather and trailer driving skills depending.


    • ^^Haha, yes your name is a challenge to shorten. But that's okay. Glad you enjoyed your lesson. Any pics of your horse?
      My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


      • Lucky - Lady C is up to 25 mins. of tack walking. In her case it’s so the limb does it’s part supporting the weight of the rider. (Except I don’t think my tiny trainer could be more than 100 lbs. soaking wet!) And adjusting to the footing with weight. She’s still just walking in the ring (sand footing), not allowed out on the grass yet.

        PF - of course a horse will always come along when you’re not looking! Will await an update. (Be careful, you’re catching up to me with the size of your “herd”! )

        Pehsness - welcome to the group! How nice that you can get yourself in to riding shape in lessons at your trainer’s. Then you’ll really be able to concentrate on your guy when your ready to bring him back from his “vacation”. Did you trailer yourself in the past? I was very happy to hand that service over to my trainer.

        Week 2 at WEF is on. We didn’t show last week because we thought it would be crazy busy. Seems everyone else thought the same thing! Numbers this week are BIG! Calvin will do the 1.40 today. There are 3 classes, an FEI section, a 4* section and a 2* section. The FEI and 4* go in the International ring with 127 and 116 horses respectively. We’ll do the 2* in one of the other jumper rings - currently there are 10 horses in that class, I think that number will grow as the day goes on and people don’t want to be showing at 5:00 in the big ring. Lots of nice horses to watch, the BIG names are in town. Where to start??


        • No pictures of the horse that are handy, I keep meaning to get some when he's not caked in mud! I started him on a new feed a month or two ago and he's looking good. He's just your plain jane sorrel QH gelding, nothing fancy to look at, but he's sharp as a tack, very willing and forward, but despite the forward is as quiet and safe as they come, so he's the perfect horse for my re-riding self

          I haven't ever driven a trailer before! I am a bit nervous but nothing ventured, nothing gained. I'll figure it out I'm sure. And I am supposed to get it this weekend so I'll have 3 days to practice before my lesson next week! Weather provided, of course. I'm not going to be brave enough to venture out in anything but perfect road conditions for a while.


          • Lost- with the tack walking, is it in hand? I guess that was more the root of my question- what benefit in-hand tack walking has in the rehab process. I forgot how big the classes are where you are. I, however, flip out if there's more than 5 or so in my canter classes Definitely do not have the gumption for big ring endeavors and I will await your reports so I can practice bravery in spirit.

            Peh- cantering is always a big deal, very proud of you. For me, it's probably the biggest mental hurdle. What's your boy's name? I've never driven a rig, however Fab, my trainer, keeps saying she's going to teach me, just in case. Jingles for wonderful weather and safe travels.

            PF- I'm getting excited for you to check out your new potential boy. Hopefully the rains we get here will not follow you in your travels.


            • Peh. Practice backing in those 3 days. This is a skill that I have always had. The first time the tractor guy brought out a tractor for us to buy. When you back up to an implement you have to do it to the mm to put a pin in. The surprise on his and hubby's faces when I did it first go.l

              To start with don't go over 80 klms an hour. Slow down everything especially stopping. Watch traffic lights and approach slowly so as you can go slowly and not stop when they go green and the rest of the traffic start moving. With roundabouts don't accelerate (or decelerate) until the vehicle and float are straight so as the horse doesn't put his back out.

              If a manual with 5 speeds hubby told me not to use 5th. In 4th the gears are together. In 5th they are separated or something like that.
              It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


              • Lucky: I thought tack walking is me sitting on a tacked up horse and wall him. Thats what we do for rehab. I've never heard of hand walking them with tack on, so i'm curious too. I did that with Toff, and as you know , his situation is different, we want to make sure he doesn't have a melt down when we put a saddle on him, so for him, its a special reason.

                Peh: Agree with Lucky, sometimes getting up the courage to canter in hairy situations is a huge thing!

                Lost: Has the weather gotten better? 1.4m!! WOOHOO!


                • Faye- hence my question. I may have misunderstood the whole time.

                  Had a lesson and OMG it was hard! I wanted to quit and get off at least 3 times. I was scared to death and over it.

                  Pony had tweaked something on her right side Sunday, and clearly she was not over it. Forward to the left, life is good. Forward to the right was fine, until it wasn't. She bolted in the corner several times, cantering, not stopping. I was having flashback to The Farm and those stupid pigs and chickens.

                  I stuck everything and Fab was firmly encouraging. I had a mini panic attack twice. I literally had to say out loud "I'm going to be braver than this" and just got on with it. Not gonna lie, I had you all in my head encouraging me to choose brave.

                  Lesson learned- Murphy's Law of Horses- if you ask for bravery, be prepared for it to pick you. I had envisioned "picking my brave" and forgot about it picking me.


                  • lucky, good for you!! Scary is, well, scary, so good for you for hanging tough, even if you didn't feel tough.

                    Austen, hope you're having an excellent week. And I sure hope I don't catch up to you in number of horses! Four has got to be the TOP limit for me. (I've had six here at once...didn't like that!) Good luck this weekend to all. Those are some HUGE classes. If I ever get the guts to do an A show, I want a smaller one. A lot smaller, haha. I used to go spectate at WEF back in the early '90s. Wow, I bet it has change since then. That was SO long ago. I actually got to see Big Ben in person and Gem Twist in person...I carry those memories around! I have pics somewhere of them.


                    Okay, I did something crazy. You all know how I like to spectate at the RRP TB Makeover, right? Well, I applied to be a trainer for 2020. The deadline was yesterday, so I got it in yesterday, without really taking a lot of time to think about it. I thought I had already passed the deadline, and then I got an email yesterday saying that there were a few hours left! So in the possible chance that I get a new horse this weekend, I wanted to give it a shot. I don't know if I'll be selected, as you have to be accepted. I had to send referrals and vet info, etc. Videos. I couldn't find any great videos, but sent a few of what I could quickly find. So wish me luck! If I get accepted, I admit I'll be a little nervous with a green bean. But I've done it before, so I need to focus on my challenge.

                    So I guess I have two 2020 goals now. First, take Tay to the TIP year-end show and jump. Maybe do dressage. But definitely SHOW. I have my campground spot reserved, so I have to go. haha.

                    Second goal, now, is get approved for the Makeover, get a horse who is qualified, and GO! Not even sure what discipline, but I don't care. The horse will have to tell me what he wants to do.

                    My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


                    • Oooh PF. Exciting. Do you do that at home by yourself? Or do you go to training things along the way.

                      If you do it at home by yourself you can get the youngster and do it anyway.

                      Actually that is what we all should be doing. Have a Tay to ride and enjoy the training and be bringing along a youngster. Then when Tay retires, the youngster takes over as the trained one to enjoy, then you get another youngster to train.

                      signed Suzie Q, the enabler!
                      It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                      • Suzie, that's the thought. I have Tay to work with and show and he'll teach me. I'll work the younger horse and hopefully show at the makeover in September. I would work with the horse at home to prepare for the makeover. If selected, I will be sure to take him (will be a gelding, not a mare) to different farms and maybe a few baby shows so he's used to it by time September comes. Will be interesting year if I do it.
                        My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


                        • PF- that's super exciting. I kinda thought you might end up doing that with Potential New Guy If Fab puts on the shows she wants to, 2-3, close to the barn, I will let you know. Should be cheap experience and whatnot. Oh man, I don't think I knew that you actually got to see two of my favs, Big Ben and Gem Twist. I have the Gem Twist Breyer and I watched Greg Best all the time growing up. I'll never forget watching on TV, (don't think it was an article), about Susie Hutchison and Samsung Woodstock, when his bridle broke on course and he kept going. He had a funky bit, at the time they said it was bicycle chain, which I guess it could have actually been.


                          • Paradox - That is super exciting!!! Good luck!!!

                            Pompeii - I have to slightly disagree with your trainer. I'm not saying you need to buy something new or spend a lot, but I do think it is important to find something that fits both of you. First, riding well is hard enough already, you don't want to be fighting your saddle on top of it! Not only that, but if you create muscle memory and develop bad habits, it can be pretty difficult to unlearn (ask me how I know... especially tipping forward, it's a horrible habit and so so hard to change!) And, perhaps more importantly, you want to be well balanced for the sake of your horse. Especially a green horse, you want to be able to ride him correctly so he is able to learn and also develops himself correctly. Good luck!

                            Pehsness - I bought my first trailer a few years ago and it is so great! I only use it a few times a month, usually to go trail riding or to a show, but it's so nice to have that freedom! For the most part it's pretty easy, except as mentioned above backing up - I'm still not great at that I have a 2 horse slant bumper pull, and a Ford Expedition.

                            Not much new with me. I had a lesson on a lovely, quiet gelding (not named Cupid) this week just so I can focus on myself a bit. Some things were easier, others more challenging - like keeping him going in the canter


                            • Since it is going to rain all day tomorrow, we are on our way to KY right now. Be there in four hours. Wish me luck!
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                              My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


                              • PF - good luck!!! Did you take the trailer with you? I can't wait to hear how it goes!


                                • PF - good luck in Kentucky! And how exciting about the RRP, I hope it works out!
                                  Peh - Welcome! I promise the soreness goes away (or at least lessens!) the more you ride. Have fun!

                                  Nothing too exciting going on over here. Last weekend's clinic with Cynthia Hankins went really well and she was lovely to spend a few hours with. I didn't get to ride this week until late yesterday. I almost didn't go to the barn but my husband reminded me how therapeutic it is and I am so glad I listened. Tomorrow there is a schooling show at my barn, so I am looking forward to that! Have a great weekend, everyone!


                                  • Eq- Are you participating in the show? Either way, have loads of fun- I love watching shows.

                                    PF- all the jingles for a new pony! Can't wait to hear about it.


                                    • Hello! I have been lurking on this thread for a couple weeks, and I've finally decided to post. I recently moved from CA to NC, and I finally have the opportunity (read: time and money) to get back into riding after ~15 years. I am really enjoying the lessons I am taking and recently upped them to 2x a week, which still doesn't feel like enough! I'm considering half leasing the lesson horse I usually ride so I can get in an extra 1-2 rides a week (and lesson prices are ~$20 less/each on a leased horse). I'm still trying to figure out if it makes the most sense for me. Depending on my lesson schedule, it's as much as $200 (or as little as $100) more a month for the lease, which would include 4-8 more rides a month. Lots to think about!


                                      • Welcome Welcome Welcome Rider.

                                        An extra $100 for 8 rides a week is only $12.50 a ride. The $20 less per lesson sounds good too.
                                        It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                                        • Welcome ridernc. I was hoping you would pop over here when I saw you on another thread. Welcome back to riding!


                                          On way home from KY. Almost a done deal. Details to follow.

                                          My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover: