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RS-tor Rider Dot Still Gets Back in the Saddle!

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In November RS-tor announced a new ambassador rider to its ranks. Dot Still has been chosen due to her success within the discipline of TREC, whose winter series is sponsored by RS-tor.

Dot recently had a bad fall and keeping safe is a priority, for her own riding ambitions and for the sake of her family; hence she recommends the RS-tor whenever riding.


Our latest blog sees our first blog entry from Dot herself as she gets back in the saddle for the first time!



Dot says...


"I was really beginning to think that this day would never come. I thought I would be back riding a long time ago. However it was decided that my shoulder needed to be operated on as my arm was basically hanging out of the socket and had been since my fall. The op was successfully done at the end of October and the recovery has gone well, if a little slow. I set my target to get back on at the end of January.

My horses always have December and January off for a rest as they work pretty hard the rest of the year. This also gives me time to spend with the children over the festive time, after the mucking out is done of course!


Along comes the 31st January (via a very big birthday) and did I get on?

YES I did!!!


In truth it is not the first time that I have been on since my fall, I did have a sneaky wee shot on Max just after I returned from accompanying the TREC GB team to Italy in September. I was so inspired that I couldn't help myself. I am not sure if it constitutes as it was all of 5 minutes but I did manage a walk, a trot and canter. I was very pleased but those around me were not too chuffed (particularly my surgeon!)


Anyway.... back to the 31st January.


My big boy Max definitely knew that something different was going on as his tack was put over his door. He didn't quite snort but there was almost a whinny. Groomed, tail trimmed and tacked up and off to the indoor. It was just the two of us. No audience.


He hadn't been ridden for 3 months, I hadn't ridden for 7.5 months, what could possibly go wrong?

NOTHING. I am now the most connected rider. My air vest is securely fastened to the stirrup bars as is my new RS-tor.


I have to say it was possibly the best 20 minutes I have had in the last 6 months or so. We walked around a bit, then trotted around a bit and had a short canter in both directions. Max is one of the most well behaved horses I have come across and he didn't let me down.


It was a great success with no pain anywhere


It was so good that I did it again on the 2nd February. Although Max is well behaved and would never try to get me off, the RS-tor really did give me that bit more confidence.


So I think that is me firmly back in the plate. The next challenge is to get back on Wahiki in a couple of weeks. (This is the one I fell off, although it was not his fault!) He is a totally different ball game to Max as he is a lively chap and very narrow so therefore there is not a lot to hang on to! A friend, Katie Barr rode him today and will put in a couple of weeks work into him before I get on. Katie does dressage to a high level and during my off period, she schooled Wahiki on for me up until his winter rest. He did so well that she took him to his first BD affiliated event and he won his first class with over 70% and was 2nd in his other class with 67%! No pressure there then!

So I guess now that I am back riding again, the house work will be taking a back seat again :) "



Now Dot is back in the saddle for 2015 she hopes to get fit for the 2016 TREC World Championship selection process. "I can honestly say the most horsey fun I have had has been when competing in TREC. I only wish I had found TREC sooner!" Dot concludes.


The RS tor Rider Safety Aid TREC GB Winter league runs nationwide from October 1st until March 31st; visit http://www.rstor.co.uk / www.trecgb.com to find out more or to purchase your RS-tor Riding Safety Aid visit the website www.rstor.co.uk


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