Rusty Riders and those lacking confidence


Rusty Riders and those lacking confidence

This group is for riders lacking confidence or have ridden before, had an accident and can't get back on or have just not had the time and have gotten a little "rusty".

Location: Gweek Riding Center, Telkwa, B.C.
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Latest Activity: Jul 1, 2014

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How do I get the confidence to ride again? 7 Replies

Started by Barbara Chapel. Last reply by Shirley Apr 10, 2010.

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Comment by Jackie Cochran on October 17, 2012 at 11:14am

On the RS-tor site, on their Instructional Video, at 1:20 to 1:28, she holds the RS-tor by the end, then there is a big ring joining the two straps, then below that is the "buckle" on each strap to the saddle, a double D that you thread the strap through, belt buckles like this used to be popular 40 years ago.  You can "unbuckle" the strap that goes to the saddle completely, thread the strap through the cinch ring, and then thread it back through the "buckle".

Hard to describe.

It also takes some time to get used to holding it.  If you ride with just one hand on the reins it is simple, just hold it in your free (right?) hand and hold the reins in the other hand.   

Comment by Shirley on October 17, 2012 at 10:08am

Jackie, Wish I could envision this better. I sent the company my question about using on a Western Saddle and they did not respond..

Very happy for you! You have been so determined to not abandon your work with horses and now you get this wonderful gift in life to be able to venture out more! Really great!

Lotsa Smiles!!


Comment by Jackie Cochran on October 16, 2012 at 5:07pm

Hey Shirley, yes, the RS-tors will work with Western saddles, you have to get the treeless/side saddle one. 

The RS-tor will then go on the front cinch rings (NOT the D rings in front).  You can open up the loop that goes on the stirrup bars on the English and then rethread it through the two ring "buckle" that is also used to adjust the length of the straps. 

Comment by Jackie Cochran on October 14, 2012 at 2:32pm

Hi people, I posted my blog about using the RS-tor and taking my mini trail ride on Mia.

Comment by Marlene Thoms on October 12, 2012 at 4:43pm

That's terrific Jackie, and a nice change for you both, minus the worry for yourself.

Comment by Jackie Cochran on October 12, 2012 at 12:28pm

Today I rode Mia on the trail for 15 minutes!  Of course I had the RStor on my saddle, and I held on to it every minute. 

My seat still feels horribly weak, but since I had the RStor in my hand I was not as concerned.  I was not worried when Mia started to act up, and my legs are not sore from doing a "just in case" death grip on the horse.

I could actually relax some and enjoy my ride!


Comment by Jackie Cochran on October 10, 2012 at 11:16am

I had my lesson today, my first one using the RS-tor riding security aid.  I have the M/L sized one.  Since my muscles do not work as well when it first gets cold I got tireder than normal, to tired to try the canter.

I had the RS-tor so the joining ring was right at the pommel of my saddle.  It fit fine in my hand, with the width of the RStor against my palm and the rubber stop at the end of the hand strap resting on the base of my thumb, leaving my fingers free for relaxing my contact.  It limited my usual WIDE leading rein.  Reaching forward my hands went up around a third of Mick's neck (he has a longish neck for an Arab), if I was jumping I would want to adjust it much longer if I was going to do the "automatic release" over the jump (the attaching straps are long, I could probably get another 5-6".)  I would not have much problem doing a crest release, though it would be a low crest release, not one two thirds up the horse's neck.

At the lenth it was if the horse bolted I would still probably hit him in the mouth, but the RStor would limit how high my hand would go (approximately 1') and would give me something to lever myself back into the saddle.  When I reached forward and down with a stiff arm it really limited how forward I went, that will be good for bad stumbles, kicks, and bucks, preventing me from collapsing hopelessly on the horse's neck with my butt in front of the pommel, then going off the horse.

Friday, weather permitting, I am going on the little trails with Mia.  We will both be so glad to get out of the ring!!!!   

Comment by Jackie Cochran on October 7, 2012 at 10:02am

Yeah, I got my RS-tor!  

Unfortunately I could not try it today, I woke up to T-storms.  But Wednesday, weather permitting, I can put it on my saddle and ride Mick at a canter and on the mini trail and I will be able to get Mia out of the ring and on the mini-trail.

I just wanted something that would give me a chance to stay on the horse for a sudden shy or bolt.  When I was younger I could stay on most of the time but I am so unsteady now that my body KNOWS I would end up on the ground.  Now I have a security blanket!

Comment by Marlene Thoms on October 2, 2012 at 3:44pm

Well, if I hadn't ridden a bunch when I was younger (borrowed horses also) I never would have been able to learn in my current physical state and probably would have been too chicken to try. I think that's one of the biggest benefits of getting young people into some kind of sport because I think it helps them stay active their whole life. good luck anyway with your dx Cindy. 

Comment by Cindy Jeffery on October 2, 2012 at 3:06pm

I agree with both of you.  I am thankful for the riding I did in my youth and in my later years, the showing, learning new skills.  I plan to continue doing some of those things but at a much slower pace and take every moment captive to be enjoyed to the fullest and not get sucked into the bitterness anymore.  You can tell I must be feeling better :-) Go for 3 xrays and 1 ultra sound tomorrow, maybe I will get a diffinitive answer about what's going on.


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