Yoga stretch for equestrians
With my horse show days behind me and after my second hip replacement, I have come face to face with my horseback riding limitations, as well as the joy I experienced getting back in the saddle after total hip replacement
surgery. I’d previously participated in an equine perspective workshop in California
and thought I was “in touch” with my feelings, but Cathy’s Body, Mind, Equine class brought up a lot of emotion in me that I was not expecting.
Tears rolled down my checks as we walked and trotted around the arena. My present moment awareness was over-whelming for me. I fought to control my emotions, totally caught off guard by the feelings of frustration and sadness that were welled up inside me. I tried to focus on my breathing, all the while, wiping my hot tears from my face. After a few laps on the rail, we walked our horses into the center of the arena and shared our thoughts. The other riders were feeling connected with their horses while I felt a disconnect, not so much with my horse, but my body.