Where is this adventure going to take me? Riding and my interest in Horses generally is opening up an exciting new world. When I was diagnosed with ME/CFS in 2007 a day to day struggle of “trying “ was all I could manage. Trying to get out of bed , trying to sit up, trying to hold the kettle with one hand, trying to walk the dogs. Life felt very “trying” and I am sure I was a bit of a git to everyone around me.
The fact that simple things were so hard was in itself so frustrating and draining. Slowly I have regained a level of activity which is extremely satisfying Moving to the Forest of Dean two years ago was key to my next phase of recovery, although I wasn’t consciously moving for that reason.
Walking the dogs most days in the
I regained more fitness and stamina. I started volunteering with the Riding for
the disabled and met a lovely group of friends who shared my love of horses. I
went for an hour or two to start with as it was exhausting. I was truly
inspired by our clients who rode despite a range of disabilities. That’s when I
got the confidence to start riding again myself. It was a bumpy start,
literally and figuratively. I really should have worn a red nose, when I had my
first few lessons it was hilarious. And tired! Well I still sleep or rest for a
good few hours afterwards but it’s worth it.
I am making progress I am riding Oscar now a more challenging horse and I love him as you will know from my other blogs. Yesterday I went up early and gave him a good grooming session, oh we bonded. I think my love is reciprocated. Our ride was much more fluid and some tone in my core is helping tremendously, I used to be like a big blancmange, all soft in the middle. I am still soft just a few lumpy bits now. Ha.
The great outdoor beckons I haven’t been for a hack yet, but I am told that it’s a must when the bluebells are out and Hayley, the lovely Hayley has told me I am ready to be let loose. Praise in deed, for the sack of potatoes that arrived at her stables last September.
|Imagine riding a horse on a beach like this !|
In addition to that my lovely friends, my new friends I met through our shared love of horses have suggested we go on a riding holiday. Where could we go, what wonderful new horses could we meet. Imagine cantering along a beach with the sea breeze blowing the foam spraying around the hooves of the horses wow,wow,wow. Research time now where can we go?