I know I have found this difficult over the past few years since living will a mobility problem. Everything is easier if you just stick with the places and things that you know that you can manage. It means that possibly you can almost hide the problems you have from the world and most importantly yourself.
Well this is me challenging myself to the max! Totally mixing it up and trying to get back into something I haven’t done in over 20 years. Horse riding after watching the Paralympics and seeing those amazing athletics or amazing things on horseback I thought I might be able to give it a very basic go. With a rather large nudge from my husband I finally booked a lesson.
I explained the difficulties I have when we got there, they chose to let me ride on a very safe steady pony called Paddy. Paddy was a real gentleman and couldn’t have been steadier and more forgiving. To get on the pony was interesting and had to be adapted and heavily supported by the staff and my husband. I find once people know about the difficulties I have they are only too willing to help and adapt things for you.
It was amazing to be back in the saddle after so long, it felt like a real sense of freedom. The horse walking along quicker than I has managed in a long time. I am so pleased I gave it a go and will definitely not be leaving it so long.
You never know what you can achieve with the right adaptions and support and occasionally a little nudge.