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Old 06-10-2019, 11:29 AM
 
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Anyone can fall and have a serious injury, but if you are sensible and take it easy, you should be able to ride for a great many years. Enjoy. The rides and scenery have got to be well worth some minor risk.
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Old 06-10-2019, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Old 06-10-2019, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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After retiring some 17 months ago, today I start my horse life!
I am going trail riding with a wonderful local horsewoman and then sort of auditioning in the arena for her program in therapeutic riding (I would volunteer as a horse handler for riders with disabilities)...
You are an angel. You'll be doing a good thing, and having fun at the same time.
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Old 06-10-2019, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I found out last summer that my ongoing fatigue doesn't stop me from riding, as it it's not aerobic or strenuous. I may get tired walking up the hill to the barn, but can ride well. I went for a week of riding vacation last summer and while I kept conking out while not on horseback, was able to do almost all of the riding.
I envy you your horsemanship ability. I gave riding a fair trial, even took English equitation instruction, but after the third time I fell off a horse I concluded that I just don't have the talent for it and should admire horses from a safe distance. We live near a half-dozen Arabian breeding operations (Arabs are big in Scottsdale), so I get to do a lot of admiring.

It's great that riding doesn't tire you. I found it strenuous and somewhat stressful. I was in my twenties at the time and in excellent health. How different people are.
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Old 06-10-2019, 12:09 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Very happy for you!
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Old 06-10-2019, 12:25 PM
 
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I envy you your horsemanship ability. I gave riding a fair trial, even took English equitation instruction, but after the third time I fell off a horse I concluded that I just don't have the talent for it and should admire horses from a safe distance. We live near a half-dozen Arabian breeding operations (Arabs are big in Scottsdale), so I get to do a lot of admiring.

It's great that riding doesn't tire you. I found it strenuous and somewhat stressful. I was in my twenties at the time and in excellent health. How different people are.
Don't know about ability. The times I came off the horse were horses wildly out of control (one hadn't been ridden in a year, and some guy set me up, having heard I was tough, blah blah).

I took English lessons when I was a kid but really preferred trail riding. I ride Western trail, and have had very good instruction from really good riders at the guest ranches. I did take a week instruction in Montana with Buck Brannaman's sidekick, Shane, and it was so over my head, it was embarrassing.

I find riding meditative. If you are sitting properly, you really focus on moving with the horse, whether at a walk or whatever speed. I love a Western saddle. (Did some low jumping in the English days and found it very anxiety-provoking. No interest in this or dressage). Love those Western saddles, like a giant rocking chair.
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Old 06-10-2019, 12:27 PM
 
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You are an angel. You'll be doing a good thing, and having fun at the same time.
Not an angel. Enlightened self interest!
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Old 06-10-2019, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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Queen Elizabeth II is still riding at 93 -- you have many wonderful years of riding ahead! Enjoy!
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Old 06-10-2019, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Williamsburg, VA
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I'm so glad to read this news! You're living the dream that you had for a long time. That's wonderful
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Old 06-10-2019, 01:16 PM
 
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Queen Elizabeth II is still riding at 93 -- you have many wonderful years of riding ahead! Enjoy!
And she's riding English- I assume! I find a Western saddle feel so much safer.
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