The Oakley Diaries 51 - Another Hiatus

Another year, another hiatus until Spring.

This time, it's my hip. Last summer, the hip which has always been a little 'off' got very sore, so I went to a physio yet again, but this time the treatment has vastly improved things.

What I noticed was that when I did the treatment, the pain lessened, but when I got astride a horse, the pain came back with a vengeance. It's a pretty quick realization that if I want the hip to heal more, I'd best give riding a break, so no being on horseback.

Now, the weather is winter -- the sand ring, the riding arena are covered with a layer of snow and ice, treacherous to walk, so groundwork is out, too, at least until the Spring thaw.

I've never minded riding, even in -30C weather, but since I'm not riding, there is not much for me to do at the barn, which, thanks to urban sprawl and our manic economy that needs to put 1000 more cars per month onto the roads, is now about an hour's drive away.

Time to re-read the books, to re-watch the video lessons, and think about a plan for the coming year.

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Comment by Jackie Cochran on January 20, 2022 at 9:00am

Yeah, sometimes reality messes up all of our plans.

Right now I feel extremely lucky, between the Covid pandemic and winter weather, if I get to ride 30 minutes each week.  Luckily for me I have been able to get lessons lately, but the ring's footing is suffering in this weather, so I walk.

Let your hip heal! Read "Horse Brain, Human Brain" by Janet L. Jones PhD., then read or reread the classics of horsemanship.  Between these you should be able to come up with a realistic training plan instead of just wallowing in fantasies of perfect rides on a perfect horse. 

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