It is quite a feat to get back on after any kind of a wreck.
Being able to just work on seat and balance without controlling the horse is a interesting and useful thing. My trainer has a huge round pen with two outer walls. She uses the lane created by the two walls for just this purpose. Riders can walk/trot/canter inside it without using the reins and even practice jumping without having to steer the horse too!
Keep it up!
On Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 7:01 AM, Tori <jessimare@...>
That's wonderful, and I'm glad that you were able to get back on and enjoy yourself. It's a hard step sometimes.
Neca Eos Omnes. Deus Suos Agnoset.
--- On Thu, 10/21/10, David Walters <wyllow@...>
Subject: [WestKingdomEQ] Back on the Horse Again, or Luna auditions as a vaulting mount..To: WestKingdomEQ@yahoogroups.com
Date: Thursday, October 21, 2010, 10:50 PM
Three months after my wreck, I am finally healed enough to ride again. After a few weeks of working Luna on the ground (mostly walk/trot/canter round pen fu) I got together with a friend of mine and we did some balance work on the longe line.. First she did a bunch of crazy stuff to see how Luna would react on the line at a walk/trot with a rider (her canter is still rough and needs to work some buck out at the transition). Luna took it quite well and then I gave it a go.
It was the first time I'd been on a horse and able to completely focus on my balance and seat. It took a few minutes for the wreck related apprehension to dissipate before I relaxed into my normal seat, but then it was quite a lot of fun. I discovered that as a fighter, I tend to keep my legs, hips and shoulders connected. It's probably not shocking that I relax better if I'm not thinking about what I'm doing :-) It took some practice to keep my seat position while touching ears, tail, feet, etc. I was also amazed at how it felt to close my eyes and just feel the horses movement. I stayed mostly at the walk although we did some trot work as well. I'm looking forward to doing this once or twice a week for the next month or so, weather permitting.
Siobhan ni Seaghdha, OP