Glad to hear your larger story so everyone gets a better idea of your situation. You seem to have a good plan....IMO
Sounds like lots of work and lots of fun. Enjoy! I'm sure it could get to be too much but you can make those adjustments as situations have to be dealt with.
I have and use ThinLine Ultra Thin half pads on all my horses. They all have custom made saddles, and none of them have ever been sore in their backs, but my 53 year old once fractured back is really feeling the workload these days, hence the investment in the ThinLine pads. They have made an enormous difference in my back and hips, and the bonus is that the horses are moving more freely with them as well. I have not found any confusing information on the ThinLine website, and I bought mine from Greenhawk for $104+tax per pad. Even my saddler approves of them!
I hope this helps!
Hello Everyone, thanks for all your coments...I've made a decision...( I thought it would be a lot harder than it was)....My two 3 year olds are going to be sold after they return from the trainers....I'm thinking I should cut my losses to concentrate on what I have here. I have a wonderful appendix quarterhorse that was made for dressage (my dream) and want to persue that course. Having made that decision , I feeling less scattered and more focused on that. Now if only the weather would co-operate and spring would arrive.
thanks for all your kind words and will keep you posted with my progress....
I know exactly what you mean about trying to keep horses excercised when energy is low. While I am in chemo I have a problem with my nine year old ex race horse. Although he has a huge field to roam around with his elderly companion he has no one to run around with to run off his excess nervous energy that goes with the breed and at times I just arn´t well enough to ride so I resort to free lunging him and playing other games with him in the school. I found lunging him without a rein was far easier to show him than I thought it would be and now he knows that without the rein he can let off steam for a while before we get down to well mannered work! I sometimes put a couple of small jumps in for him too which runs off even more energy but saves mine! It´s surprising but just half and hour a day keeps Harry the horse fairly quite and keeps us close too.
I think riders like us who have low energy at times have to get clever and find new ways to do things that spend our horses energy but not ours so any ideas do please share.