Since my last post I've been cleared to start strengthening my shoulder. In the next 6 weeks I should be back on a horse and getting ready for the spring season. That being said, I've been seeing a lot of gym time over the last couple weeks. Since most of my strength has come from riding my whole life I decided to start seeing a personal trainer. Theory being to have a set of eyes to tell me when I'm compensating for my shoulder and to get tools that I will be able to use from here on out. Well you know what they say, things are always better in theory. What I wasn't prepared for was how difficult a good old fashioned work out really is.
Through my years of lesson I've had trainers tell me "put that horses head down and get to work".
With the release of the 2012 training lists I have done my share of reading and stalking. While I will keep all opinions to myself on the contents of the lists. The talk has given me more motivation. Motivation to do better this year in hopes of one day being at that level. I know that I have been very fortunate to accomplish the things that I have thus far in my life but I haven't even scratched the surface of my goals. I could not have done any of this without a support system. A system that I only hope to expand on in this coming year. I've been lucky to have ridden some pretty cool horses the past few years and I hope to keep that going. I'm brain storming better ways to expand my education and team for the future (suggestions welcome!). I hope to one day be one of those riders that I look up to today. I hope to be someone's role model and help give them a chance that I've had.
Pushing myself and working through the weakness of my shoulder put it into perspective. It's always clear on a horse which side is their weak side, which hind leg has to work harder, which shoulder drifts, and we as riders are constantly pushing them through the weak moments. For Blazer it was his left hind, I was constantly asking him to try harder, to be even, to stay straight and soft through both hands and legs. He never gave me less than 100%. So as I try for one more push up or one more rep of some weight contraption I just figured out how to work, I think about my horses and all the times I've asked for one more shoulder-in or one more transition. I've found myself saying "Laura, just put your head down and get to work!" Well, it must be working because all the doctors and therapists say that I'm weeks ahead of schedule in recovery. The search for new horses is starting and I'm excited to get down south and get going with the spring season, just have to keep working on getting those shoulders square!