I haven’t ridden now for about 10 months. A few months into my pregnancy, I made the decision it was not safe for me to continue riding my pretty spooky horse and since my daughter Harlie-Mae arrived, I either haven’t had the time to ride, or Paddy has been lame :'(
This week, however, the stars have aligned, or something like that, and I have a sound horsey and a daughter who is now happy to nap without being held!
BUT…I am sooo nervous about getting back on board. I wasn’t a confident rider before Harlie arrived and I feel like now I am even more nervous. This is totally normal though, right?
Although I would love to have the confidence to jump back on after all this time. I cannot ignore that I am not fit enough or brave enough to get back in the saddle right now. However, I will get there, all I need is a plan of action!
Step 1 – clean my saddle and bridle…I am so ashamed at how filthy my tack is after all this time off. I will be using the Leather Balsam from Renapur that we featured in our September 2020 My Horse Box to spruce it back up!
Step 2 – get someone else to bring Paddy back into work! I know we can all be guilty of thinking we are not capable, however, I need to be realistic and admit that I am not the right woman for the job.
Step 3 – improve fitness, strength and flexibility off the horse. I’ve started a mum and baby yoga class and designed myself a little HIIT workout which I will attempt to do daily…
Step 4 – have a few riding school lessons to get back into the swing of things. This is the step I am looking forward to the most I think. Although there is nothing quite like riding your own horse, it will be so nice to get back on a horse again. And of course, I’ll be wearing My Horse Sox when I do!
Step 5 – when I feel ready, have lots of lessons on Paddy. I have always been a fan of weekly lessons and even more so now than ever, these will really help to get my confidence back.
It feels like it will be weeks or months, not days before I will feel confident to get back in the saddle. But what that’s saying? Failing to plan, is planning to fail. So I have my plan and all I can do is take it from there!
I’ll keep you updated with progress over the next few weeks via our Instagram stories, so keep an eye out. I’m sure there will be plenty of ups and downs to report!
Until next time,