Back to the Isabel – for now

IMG_9694 It’s been that kind of week.  You know the kind – when the fact that you brushed out you horse’s tail (oh, and it looked awesome!) for the first time in months, and you were too gratified – waaaayyyy too gratified – by the results.   It *is* looking pretty good.

In reality my angst was driven by the realization that my Albion saddle – with it’s deep seat, big blocks and sticky leather – has turned me into a lazy and less-effective rider.  I’ve pulled my old Isabel out, found a half-pad (a Mattes with ThinLine shims) that works for Derby, and put myself to work.

I’m still dealing with IT band issues on my right leg – that injury isn’t resolved – but as I’m working in the Isabel, I’m also working on my right-side weakness.  After a few frankly ugly rides, I was finally able to put things together somewhat today.   I got to the barn early and rode Derby outside, working in the deeper footing, and I was able to keep him round and engaged for most of the ride.  It’s progress. The Isabel works my core and helps me find my balance in ways the Albion doesn’t, as evidenced by the grossly ineffective ride I hand when giving the Isabel a shot a week ago.  I’m planning to keep the Isabel in the rotation, because it requires so much more of me as a rider.





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Sarah Skerik is an experienced digital business executive and strategist with a long track record of success in team leadership, employee development, marketing and business development.

4 Responses to Back to the Isabel – for now

  1. Hello! I’ve just nominated you for the Liebster blog award. Drop by my blog to pick up your award! Thanks! 🙂

  2. piaffegirl says:

    I absolutely love your blog and so I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award 🙂 Directions to accept are at the bottom of my most recent post.

  3. tjg says:

    I have had pain in my right leg for 6 months. Went to dr numerous times, chiropractor, PT which made it worse. Been told weak core, uneven hips, arthritis in L4 & 5. Finally went to sports dr who diagnosed me with Lumbar radiculopathy which is causing radiating pain in my leg. Going to get a steroid shot in my spine. Refuse to get rid of my OTTB. Keep telling them if you ride properly you don’t bounce. Doctors do not get it. Try a sports re hab doctor for you leg

  4. Kat says:

    I nominated you for the Liebster Award on my blog

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