gitana_jumper

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About gitana_jumper

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  • Birthday 08/25/1989

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  1. of course I just get back into riding and my foot goes numb! I've never had the issue before of a pinched nerve, but after a couple days of riding (I was pretty sore through the thigh area) The top of my left foot is going numb. Has anyone ever experienced this before? Generally I would expect maybe through the back and down my leg, but its just my left foot. Today I touched the side of my ankle and it sent "sparks" though the top of my foot area. I don't do chiropracters very well so someone suggested a massage therapist. I'm going to try that... what do you all think? Do you think its just being from out of shape from riding? I'm wondering about my boot size but they don't feel uncomfortable and they are pretty well broke in.
  2. What about this saddle? I know I would have to get irons and stirrup leathers with it, but $200 bucks? http://tacktrader.com/show_item.php?tack_id=392692&share_this=Y
  3. Okay I will do that, do you think I could find a used one for about $500?
  4. Well thank you both! Yes the whole strength issue... I want to run a 5k this summer so maybe with running and doing some great ab work out that could really do some wonders for me. My biggest thing was changing the way I ate, and weight watchers have helped immensely with that. I feel in LOVE with Paige the minute I saw her! She was adorably feminine and just a sweet heart in general. She has typical "mare" attitude but shes so darn cute! She actually reminds me incredibly much of my gelding with the softness in her eye. The only "dislike" (not my favorite word either) Is her inability to walk out haha. She walks out with much persistant effort, but I also think she needs a little time to muscle up and become a bit more athletic herself. I know she was only rode on the weekend prior to me riding her full. And I am a bit heavier of a rider than what she had previously, but once she gets going she has a very nice extended trot and I enjoy her canter. She will be amazing to learn off of and I am so excited about that. Also the saddle I am currently riding in is a 16 inch. what do you think of this dover circuit elite? its a 16 1/2 inch, do think that will give me enough lee-way when riding? http://tacktrader.com/show_item.php?tack_id=389598&share_this=Y It seems like a good price and that it would be a great all around saddle. Thank you :)
  5. The college thing can really put a damper on riding full time I would really try and see if you can't find a barn to volunteer at, or honestly I am not sure what it is like in OK but in Michigan there are always looking for people to ride their horses. Put an ad on craigslist and say "You don't have the money to take lesson but are really want to ride or be around horses." I've had several friends end up just riding horses for other people who don't have. Someone has mentioned about a theraputic riding stable? Thats also an AMAZING idea. I've done that quite a few times myself :) Good luck and keep your head up! I am sort of going through the same thing and am JUST getting back into riding because of the stress of college.
  6. Thank you for all the advice, that was really great insight for me. That is my most troublesome problem right now is keeping my leg steady and still. My instructor had suggested doing two-point work and also 5x5x7? I believe its called? Where I sit 5 strides at the trot, post 5 strides then two-point 7 strides and repeat. I will definitely try these exercised and if I end up riding by Wednesday or Thursday I will try and have my friends take a video of me so I can post some more. Unfortunately today when I rode, I noticed my left leg and foot going numb and my inner thigh has been quite sore since I started riding so I am worried about a pinched nerve. I am going to take a couple days off from riding and hopefully get into see a chiropracter or the doctor. As far as myself, you can called me by my board name gitana, spanish for gypsy. I had a paint gelding for 8 years and had to sell him this past year due to cost I wasn't riding him consistantly the past three years anyways because of college. I attend Michigan State and will be entering my fifth year this fall and graduating in the spring! I am really excited to begin this new chapter with horses and I hope this little pinched nerve doesn't get in the way of it! I can post some pictures of my gelding a little bit later on. Paige is 13 and OTTB and I am leasing her for the summer while I am in Illinois and making good money to afford it :) I am supposed to go to my first MIHJA show on june 25th, so I am hoping I can get enough lessons and practices in between then. I know I won't be doing anything crazy, just some good entry level classes.
  7. Hello! the last time I was on any forums it was a barrel racing forum! I've been riding since I was 10, and due to the stress and cost of college I had to sell my gelding that I had since I was 14. I was orginally barrel racing and did 4-H with him, but something about jumping always struck my eye. I started taking jumping lessons one a week at a barn off campus, but that was very costly so I had to quit. I haven't been consistantly riding for about six months now, but I moved to Illinois for the summer for an internship. I really wanted to ride and found a mare to lease and take lessons on :) Paige is a 13 year old OTTB who was way too slow for the track as you will see in the video. I haven't been riding english for very long and this video is just something I took to watch my own equitation and see what I can improve on. I'd appreciate and all advice. Three things I will note, yes at one point I was on the wrong diagonal, and I am doing weightwatchers and have lost about 45 lbs since September, so bear with me on the size of the saddle! I know it's too small for me but its what the barn has for right now that I can use. I am looking into buying a saddle that does fit me. Also some of the clips have been slowed down so you can see my equitation better. Thanks!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAc7My0QLUk