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Becca

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PostSubject: ahhhhhh decisions.. HELP   Wed Jun 17, 2009 8:46 pm

ever since my bad fall back in grade 9, my left side has been giving me a lot of issues when it comes to riding, particularly my ankle.. i don't even know how to describe it. it "rolls" as i call it ( to the inside, so it feels like I'm riding on the side of my foot/ ankle bone) and once it rolls it starts to hurt my knee & hip; and nothing else i can do but ride threw it it won't go back to the normal position.. it is really uncomfortable. i can't wear summer boots or field boots for this reason.. year round in winter riders because it offers a bit more support in the ankle area but still, it's rolling over. it only happens when i ride English, never western. i LOVE both disciplines equally.

I'm working full time now that I'm out of school and will be till January (going to school in the new years) and am saving up to purchase my own horse again. i did the math; and i should have at least $10,000 by January. (excluding the money i have set aside for my own car)
i don't want to have to train my own horse; but i don't mind doing "finishing touches' and growing with the horse. the problem is deciding if i want a cow pony; or a hunter for myself.

i LOVE jumping, been apart of me since i was 4.. but it's causing me a lot of pain. attempted to quit the horse scene but that's definitely not an option can't see myself without horses. no where's really to take lessons unless you have your own horse. when i rode western i was really interested in reining so researched the reining lines and everything i could do, so I'm thinking on getting a performance/reining bred horse, (with maybe able to switch to cattle penning when i get over to N.S for school next September, we shall see what the future holds ;) ) but i know i don't know enough to take on a well trained reiner without ruining it, I'm well aware I'm not ready for one; I'm still really new to the western scene just wouldn't be fair to the horse.

anyone ever convert from English to western or vise versa? how did you decide what you wanted? i want to learn more about western but no one / no wheres really to ride & learn here.. gah!
I'm not rushing into anything, i rather wait till June to purchase a horse knowing exactly what i want instead of making the mistake again when I'm uncertain of what i want..

nick is FABULOUS and hope to stick with him, but i have to think about my health & future plans same time.. and if my ankle keeps bothering me i won't really have any other choice.. :/ he's an amazing hunter prospect but if my ankle keeps going the way it is i won't be able to ride at all, and that's just not an option for me in my mind, can't go a day without seeing the animals!

i just don't know what i should do or where to go .. :/
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PostSubject: Re: ahhhhhh decisions.. HELP   Wed Jun 17, 2009 9:45 pm

K first with the ankle thing have you tried wrapping it? Ihave wonky ankles they really flex to the outside they don't bother me but my knee does. I would try wrapping it and see how that goes.

second as for the horse I would say that you should get a quarter horse you can really do anything with them you can show in hunter and you would be able to also do some reining stuff. I rode and showed english all my life I love it I did hunter and eventing it was my passion I got this new horse that was suppose to be my high level eventer well he turned out to be the oposite of what I was looking for he's got a slow steady gate and a beautiful jump/canter for hunter so I tried that abit with him. I personally don't like hunter too much drama and it's very hard to place unless you have the "it" tack/horse/everything it's so not me. So I decided to try some new stuff I ended up working at the cowboy way and decided to try barrel racing and I love it. The people are great and your horse doesn't have to be the fastest to compete I know that I'm not going to be at the top of the class but I can still have fun.

anyway thats kinda a ramble but whatever.
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PostSubject: Re: ahhhhhh decisions.. HELP   Sun Jun 21, 2009 11:55 am

i've tried wrapping it, the ankle braces, and my phsyiotheripist gave me something to use but it either is the most uncomfitable thing on earth, or just doesn't do anything for me.

i think i'm going to ask a friend if i can use her horse in a lesson once a week if she doesn't mind to see if i can get up and running.. i hate just the thought of not riding
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PostSubject: Re: ahhhhhh decisions.. HELP   Sun Jun 21, 2009 1:42 pm

What about having reinforcements stitched right inside your riding boots?
Years ago, a friend of mine had to have stiff pieces of leather stitched inside her skates, she had weak ankles too...and she is still using them.
Only thing was, it ruined the look of her skates....
If you talk to someone who makes prothestics or orthotics, they may be able to rig something specific up for you.

Don't give up on the dream....
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PostSubject: Becca   Sun Jun 21, 2009 3:59 pm

Becca wrote:
i've tried wrapping it, the ankle braces, and my phsyiotheripist gave me something to use but it either is the most uncomfitable thing on earth, or just doesn't do anything for me.

i think i'm going to ask a friend if i can use her horse in a lesson once a week if she doesn't mind to see if i can get up and running.. i hate just the thought of not riding

Becca you state it is uncomfortable...The answer is DOes it work and help...If you try something on once or twice to help a problem there will be discomfort.If it was recommend as a support by a specialist then you should give it a chance.....If you have a goal set to ride the hunter jumper circuit then that apparatus may be what can allow you to.

Have a dream adn follow it....If Dr says to do it than he may be right and have what it takes to help.

My daughter who is 17 was disgnosed with carpel tunnel when riding or writting.....Her Dr suggested a carpel tunnel support....Guess what it was the most uncomfortable thing she ever wore as it contained metal plates to support her flexibilty...He told her to try it for the summer along with anti inflamatory drops to be applied topically......Guess what it helped....A lot....The pain was worth the comfort of riding without the pain.....
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