Now that I’m back horse riding again, I thought I’d take the opportunity to start re-looking at all my dressage / flatwork books / horsey magazines etc. for some inspiration about what I can do when I’m out hacking and my head is cranked around to the left (thanks to dystonia for that!).
The first thought that strikes me is why do people say that the magazine print industry is in decline? A random sample of the rubbish in our kitchen includes 5 copies of “Horse and Hound”, 4 copies of “Horse and Rider” and the same again for “Your Horse” magazine. A lone copy of “The Economist” shows that I do have other interests and the pile of various Sci-fi mags tells you why my husband prefers to sit in the car when I to go to the stables.
The next thought which slowly trundles along is, why don’t I look like Sylvia Loch when I ride? She looks amazing. I reckon I’ve spent about £10M (just feels like it) and I can still look like a sack of potatoes going round a 20m circle on a bad day.
So, a challenge to any fellow equestrian enthusiasts out there … What can I do that will ensure my riding doesn’t get stale, bearing in mind I can only do anything ‘more complicated’ on the left rein?
To date, I’ve been riding a 17.3 un-co-ordinated, long legged horse and I will be down-sizing, probably for the summer, onto a bombproof, 14.3, chunky pony whilst my neck gets straightened out.
I’ll be posting progress (on not) here.