Saturday, 17 May 2014

Finding Answers (part 1)

5 weeks ago riding had come on leaps and bounds. Rocco was just amazing, I was really finding my feet and then things changed. My RI has left permanently from the sound of it and 4 weeks ago I found I was riding Tilley. I totally get where this is going as Tilley's the safer one to start building back up to canter. The only problem is, someone forgot to tell my brain how to ride. 

Finding Answers (Part 2)

7 days later and I had mixed emotions about riding. Turning up to the place I go to occasionally had been a good idea. For starters I didn't feel like there was any emotional baggage following me. Although stood in the yard looking at Vinnie there was just one small hurdle. My fear of heights. However, I manned up and got on with it and found myself in no time on Vinnie the 16.3hh hunter type. 

Friday, 18 April 2014

The Morning Flat Race

Since my last blog post things have progressed further in my lessons with Rocco. The difference in my riding after just 10 sessions of pilates is really showing now. Yes I'm still having slight tipping forward moments but they have been few and far between over the last few weeks now. 

Rocco is still not sure about 'that' new door sometimes but I'm coping with it. Leg yields, shoulder in and counterflexion get deployed to help him overcome his fear of that 6ft 6 piece of wood panelling. I'm making sure he gets sight of it both reins and then walking / trotting him straight ahead past it after we've done some work.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Better Never Stops??

At the end of 2012 I was fortunate enough to go to an event honouring some of the TeamGB heroes of London 2012. They all gave inspirational speeches about their journey's, the ups and downs along the way which had taken them to the Olympics and their successes they'd had there. For me it was Alan Campbell's speech which stood out. He went on to show us what was stitched in to the lining of the collar of his jacket, 'Better Never Stops' it said. It was a phrase that had come to mean an awful lot to the team. Its something I've remembered and kept with me since then.

Fast forward to 2014 and I'm enjoying my riding. I have no plans as to where I want to take my riding but I'd like to see what I'm really capable of. When my riding club set up pilates sessions earlier this year I weighed it up as to whether I would cope with them and whether it would make my M.E. any worse. I'd last tried it in 2010 and gave up after 3 sessions as it was affecting me badly. I've heard that pilates has a number of benefits, including improving your core stability, but I'd not seen the benefits in my own riding ... Not until now that is. 

Sunday, 16 February 2014

'We're not in Kansas anymore' ~ Riding in a Winter Storm

Friday night and winds of 61mph whistled through the town. At 3am the house roof felt like it was lifting, but come daylight and looking round we'd been lucky. Funny how a few years ago now when I'd first started riding the first sign of a windy day and I'd be worried. Sat morning and acknowledging the weather all I could think of was 'keep calm and carry on'. Things are changing in my mindset. No phone call from the school so riding was on.

At the stables I found I'd be on Rocco. DJ was his nosey self as we walked out. He's a character since he arrived at the stables and a bit of a live wire. He likes to know what's going on and whether you've got food on you. With all the rain we've had part of the indoor school is unusuable and mounting up has to take place indoors as well. After the past few weeks I've got the hang of sorting out Rocco's tack without him trying to nip me. He now stands calm and collected, with the exception of he had to turn around at first in the school. He still doesn't like looking at his own shadow, lol.