Senior progress thread?

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Re: Senior progress thread?

Postby musical comedy » Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:08 pm

I am still riding/training diligently in spite of the heat. You guys know how I think about keeping a horse fit in order to stay sound.

About 4 weeks ago I tripped in the yard and fell. A roll of chicken wire that DH puts around the trees to prevent deer from eating them had blown in the yard and I didn't see it as it was dark out. I went splat, putting my left (dominant) hand down to brace the fall. It hurt like hell, but I assumed it was just sprained. When it didn't get better after 2 weeks, I went for an X-ray. Fracture which thankfully didn't require surgery (yet anyway). I've been wearing a removable cast 22 hours a day. I take it off to ride and shower, that's it. I'm sure I shouldn't be riding without it, but that's how dedicated I am. Tomorrow makes 2 weeks in the cast, and it should be feeling good now, but it isn't. I have to use pitch fork and do farm chores with this cast on my dominant hand. It's difficult. So is cooking and typing one handed.

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Re: Senior progress thread?

Postby demi » Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:08 am

That's a bummer, MC! And yeah, you shouldn't take it off to ride. I'd say "shame on you" if I thought it would do any good. Maybe you should practice one handed riding till the fracture is healed?

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Re: Senior progress thread?

Postby Kyra's Mom » Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:01 am

Bummer MC. I don't think riders follow instructions very good ( and that includes me) :oops: .

Well, I thought riding would be fine if I stayed at walk. Not so much. I was pretty sore after a 20 min ride...it wasn't the only insult to my butt that day but I have been more sore since then (about 10 days ago). I did have a good yoga session today that seemed to get a good release on some of those aggravated muscles so hopefully things will improve this week. Still Hades hot here. I am really not much interested in riding in this heat. If I could get up early it wouldn't be so bad but I work swing shift and don't get to bed until 1AM. I really like my eight hrs of sleep. If I get up early, invariably, I get tied up at the barn or with elder care and don't get a nap before I go to work. This old lady needs to be awake and alert at work so the horse gets to chill. Today wasn't as bad. There was less humidity and a nice breeze. I did work her highness in the round pen and got some really nice liberty work. With the heat, we worked on transitions instead of endless circles. After some warmup, I was able to get her to halt from trot or canter, back up and canter off. We had one discussion where she wanted to present her butt to me instead of staying square to the rail. That is so so can jet off the other way instead of doing the harder back up. She ended up with some lovely active trot with nice suspension.

Kyra has had very few consecutive rides for a couple years now. My butt just couldn't tolerate it and still can't. For the puttering around I do, she seems fit enough. She is out 24/7. She doesn't have a ton of space but can move at will and I thoroughly believe it makes them much less prone to injury no matter their fitness level (providing they are worked judiciously and sanely).

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Re: Senior progress thread?

Postby musical comedy » Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:31 pm

Kyra's Mom wrote:Kyra has had very few consecutive rides for a couple years now. My butt just couldn't tolerate it and still can't. For the puttering around I do, she seems fit enough. She is out 24/7. She doesn't have a ton of space but can move at will and I thoroughly believe it makes them much less prone to injury no matter their fitness level (providing they are worked judiciously and sanely).Susan
So do I. Of course, ideally, we'd like it if they did a little more exercise than the occasional walking, but I definitely think giving them the ability to move at will keeps them limber. So very many show horses live in a stall 23 hours a day. .

Susan, do you think eventually your butt will be able to handle riding?

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Re: Senior progress thread?

Postby Kyra's Mom » Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:00 am

MC, I think I will be able to. From everything I have read, it can take up to a year or even longer to determine the final outcome. I'm only 13 weeks. I corresponded with a person on TOB that had the same surgery and she said it was closer to 2 years before she realized that her butt didn't hurt anymore. I have been able to sit longer and thought walking around on the horse shouldn't be that big a stretch but I will back off for a bit and give things some time to calm down.

Yoga is definitely stirring things up. I had a session yesterday and the poses felt good at the time but the butt is definitely not happy today. I think I will have to scale back to some of the simplest poses until things level out a bit. I want to keep up with the yoga to try and get some of my flexibility back. I do a restorative type of yoga called Svaroopa. The class I went to yesterday was Easy Does It yoga but we did some more difficult poses than I have done even in other classes pre-surgery. I just need to explain to the instructor and she will modify for me.

I will give it at least a year. If I am still having trouble next year, the horse will probably be for sale and time to move onto a new chapter.

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Re: Senior progress thread?

Postby demi » Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:25 pm

Susan, I sure would like to see you be able to ride the ballerina again. We have wonderfully made bodies and I think that there is very good reason to believe that you are on the right track in getting your body organized. I hope this last effort of yours shows results in less than a year, but it could take even longer than a year.

I am thinking about my own Emma's issues, too. I believe her behavioral problems were created from physical problems and I've been working on solving the issue for over a year and a half. Slowly, slowly, her body may adjust to the changes in hoof angle and the careful dressage training. Some horses and some people progress rapidly, and others very slowly. It doesn't matter to me, because it's the journey...I try to always keep that in mind.

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Re: Senior progress thread?

Postby demi » Sun Aug 27, 2017 1:28 pm

I had just gotten Rocky going again and was starting on Emma and then the rain came. It looks like it will last for a few more days so progress with horses is at a standstill. I'm going to bring my saddles and bridles into the house to protect them from the enevitible mold and mildew that we get here in this kind of weather.

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Re: Senior progress thread?

Postby Srhorselady » Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:50 pm

We are still 5 degrees above normal (109 F downtown not that bad out here but still not pleasant) so I haven't been able to convince myself I want to ride yet. But I did start taking ground work lessons with my neighbor last night. She is a professional dressage trainer who worked with Dominique Barbier in the past so she does a lot of French/Portugese groundwork in her training. I've done a fair amount of reading but rarely had anyone to actually show me how to do these things. So we agreed to start with a set of 6 weekly lessons. We started with the basics last night. I've done basic lounging but she wants me to learn to change within the gait on the lounge, double lounging, long reining etc. Last night I finally understood and practiced jaw flexions and shoulder in from the pillar position. I'm going to start practicing with my mini. :). It'll be good for both of us. He used to be a driving mini before retirement.

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Re: Senior progress thread?

Postby demi » Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:55 am

That sounds really interesting, SrHorselady. I hope you'll keep us posted as you continue to work. I taught Rocky to double lounge, and ground drive a few years ago when I was injured and couldn't ride. With her, the part that took the longest was getting her used to the long rein touching her rump and hind legs. Once she accepted that she picked up stuff quickly. Like backing, doing figure eights, and ground driving out in the pasture. All we did was walk because I couldn't keep her from going behind the vertical when I tried to trot her.

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Re: Senior progress thread?

Postby Srhorselady » Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:07 pm

Groundwork lesson 2: boy is my lounging rusty! My "homework time" with one of my horses was limited due to unforeseen circumstances, but I did practise a couple of times. This week the lounging focused on balanced transitions while lounging and lounging from a 20 to a 10 meter circle and back out at trot and canter while keeping the horse balanced and forward. I'm working with one of the trainers experienced horses during these last two lessons. I'm such a klutz with the line and whip! I also practised jaw flexions from the front and each side and then worked on shoulder in both from the pillar position and walking. The quality of the results I was getting were much better this week.


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