With my lousy posture.
I recently saw a video of myself, and I did not like what I saw.
I round my shoulders, and wiggle in the middle.
No matter how much time and effort I have put in this over the years it seems like it is never enough.
A never ending quest.
But I am not giving up. Even if your bad habits are kinda good friends with your body when you are 46. My abdominal muscles have to step up a bit, I am afraid.
Problem is that I slouch when I sit, always have. I have a long body and short legs and arms (sigh again) and unfortunately this invites me to round my shoulders to “improve” the length of my arms.
But I am not letting such trivial things stop me.
I have given my instructor strict instructions to nag as much as possible on me.
All you others out there feel free to chime in. Like ending all comments “How’s your posture doing?” or something like that.
I am stubborn as hell, so I am gonna make this quest a successful one. .. It can’t be much worse *mutters*
I love this picture.
I believe it is taken some 10 years ago.
I am on my old gelding, Amigo, and it is my daughter standing beside us. I guess she is about 4-5 years old here, she is 14 now.
I loved this horse.
He was with me until he was 20, and got retired a couple of years before that due to bone spavin. He was such a sweet horse. A bit anxious, but with a large heart.
I thought it would be difficult to get another horse that would mean as much to me as he did, but I feel I have a worthy candidate in Fame.
My daughter has a very good posture.
She has been lucky to both get a pony and qualified instruction in early years.
(I was very anxious when I was pregnant that I would get a child that was interested in something weird, like football, but luckily a little Horsaii came out.)
Elin with her first pony Felix, at her first show.
I grew up at the local riding school, trying to get as much riding I could, but not owing a horse of my own.
You just don't get as much attention being 8 off at an hour of instruction on a riding school horse as you get when you are one or two...I am just a produce of my past, I guess.
And then a heartfelt sigh.
Why do so many instructors overlook the work with seat and posture? I know there are many instructors out there really doing a good job, but sometimes I wonder if the seat/posture is overlooked because it is tedious work? They don't want to nag? throw boring lessons? or do they really not see the vital importance of this?
If someone out there had corrected me in my early years my work later in life would have been so much easier.
Tomorrow I am off to Paris with a bunch of old friends.
We started up a "club" close to 20 years ago, where we meet regularily at each other's home over dinner. We also collect some money when we meet, so every second or third year we take an extended weekend off from our families.
We always have a good time, so I am looking forward to go.
So, a bit in advance - have a nice weekend everybody!
I am going to....