hello, ive been riding since i was 6 yrs old,and had my own ponies/horses from 12 years old until 3 yrs ago,when i sold my lovely chestnut mare,to move away. i have since had my 2DC and now DC2 is old enough to be left with daddy,so i feel like i can start riding again....
it seems like a lifetime ago,and im desperate to start again. im not really sure what to do though, i guess i could have 2-4 afternoons/evenings a week free(DP gets home from work at 3pm) so i was thinking of finding a part loan...or riding lessons?? what do you reckon?
If I was going to fling my leg over the leather again I think I'd do a few refreshers first then see about a loan. It'd be interesting to try out a few ponies/horses before you commit and maybe your riding style needs some fine-tuning. I haven't ridden for 16 years but used to from age 12-29. Also 2 children so my bodyshape and muscle tone has deffo changed.
Get a pitchfork in your hand and get mucking out then get back in the saddle
heheh Frigg! I've just got back in the saddle after a 4 year gap, and OMG it felt so good! Despite being so sore i couldn't walk straight for a few days, Just had my fourth lesson, and decided that's totally not enough for me. Now looking to find a share..
Hope you get on with it & love it as much as you always did :D x
oh thats so encouraging! did you remember everything,quite quickly?? my mum is going to take me down to her yard (well my old yard,she got a pony on loan after i stopped going!) to ride her's,she not normally my kind of ride,but im just sooooo excited
I've come back after a 30 year gap. I'm not brave any longer, and essentially just a happy hacker. All those years ago I was happy on anything, now I'm not, so don't dismiss the pony, you may well find that what you want has changed
If you enjoy the lessons I would then look for a 2-3 day share a week. That will get you back in the swing of everything and will work out better value for money than a riding school. Hardest bit is finding a suitable horse and owner!
Let me now how it turns out Frigg I stopped riding when i got pregnant with dc3, 3 and a half years ago. i take dc1 riding every week but i haven't got up the courage to 'fling my leg over the leather' yet. After my teens I had a gap of 14 years and getting back on was easy and a lot came back quickly. Go for it girl!
I didn't really forget anything - had a longer break than you, but i am definately not as good - been riding again for about 6 years and still bumbling around BE 90s and contemplating the show jumping for BE100s - used to compete at OI however i am enjoying myself, and do have very much less time than i did pre dcs for riding/training.
I've just started again after a 25 year gap - am loving it sooooo much! I have the biggest smile on my face the whole lesson. Yes, everything hurts a lot but I am wishing I had done this a long time ago. I was nervous but my first canter went beautifully and I had the greatest time!