As well as no stirrups work, I suspect you are unconsciously gripping upwards. Instead of thinking about keeping your bum in the saddle, think about dropping your weight down through your knees into your ankles.
Just seen your reply to PaS. Ask a physio to devise a plan for you to help with...
I can't help with removing the diesel from the numnah, but for cleaning your washing machine afterwards - well, I've had too much practise (middle son is a bus mechanic, and we've had two batches of contaminated diesel in a year that he has had to drain from 100+ buses each time. I swear he...
It may not be ideal, but as a child from the age of 5 I regularly rode 17HH horses - but not heavy build. I used the saddles that fitted the horses, and managed just fine. From the age of 9 I rode an IDxTB (more of the chunky stamp), and as he was shared with my Dad, the saddle had to fit my...
She's such a sweet, willing girl.
It's such a shame that this type so often end up being pushed too far in the wrong hands because they will keep going and the signs that they are uncomfortable are so very subtle.
Having broken my left ankle twice (the first only diagnosed 24 years after the event), I can ride flat or slow hacking in long boots, but find that I am better with short boots and gaiters for jumping and fast hacking i.e. shorter stirrups.
Just a thought.
Another benefit of work without stirrups is that it's useful for those riders who throw themselves forward in upward transitions as the rider is more inclined to stay balanced by remaining upright and not in front of the movement.
I'm another of the old school who spent lots of time without...
Aw, so glad you found each other - it was obviously meant to be. See, when you find the right partner it's just so good. So happy for you (and so jealous as I am horseless and will be for a good few years).
Of course it would not be unreasonable to PTS given that he can’t go to a familiar person. I would not put a veteran through the stress of a move. We lost our beloved cat to renal failure - she deteriorated in 48 hours, we got her to a vet, got the diagnosis and she didn’t come home.
Fortunately, I will be visiting family in Scotland and have already booked to attend the Convention at Morris EC, so will be attending the meeting there. Makes a change for something to actually work out like this for me.
As I understand it, you only have to redo the outcomes that you didn't pass last time.
Please ring the exams office and they will take you through what you need to do.
Don't worry about the pathways at this point - all will become a lot clearer one you have stage 2 care and ride.
If you don't need to be able to ride in them, I recommend Bates Boulder 4 1/2 inch tactical boots teamed with the waterproof spray from Tuffa. About £75 for the boots. I use them for yard work, teaching duties, walking, and my full time job around buses.