Whether you can’t ride because your horse is lame or because of a personal reason, you can always do something when you can’t be in the saddle! There is a saying about turning a minor setback into a major comeback that I think Is very applicable in these situations. Being able to turn time off into a time of productivity is a great tool for everyone, especially equestrians to have.
Recently, I had to take 3 weeks off from riding due to Gus being lame after he shifted his shoe. While not being able to ride stunk, I was able to get a lot of things done so I would have time for him when he was sound again. Sometimes setbacks are a blessing in disguise.
Here are some things you can do to help turn your setback into a comeback.
Gaining muscle and stamina is never a bad thing in the world of horses. I have never heard any rider complain about being too strong or not being out of breath after a ride. Even if it’s a long walk or some yoga at home, make your barn time, or part of it, your new gym time while you can’t ride.
Clean and Organize
If you are like me, your life can get crazy busy and not leave you with much time to stay clean and organized. Give your tack, trunk, or trailer a good deep clean one day you are out at the barn. Once you are able to ride again you will appreciate everything being nice and clean.
Have Some Fun
One day I pulled a horse soccer ball out to see how Gus would do with it. If you can, get your horse out and have some fun with them! Do some ground work with them, play with them, or just sit and chill outside with them. Use this time to have fun, relax, and bond with your horse.