I have ridden since I was three years old.
When I was in my early teens I complained of lower back
pain and I never felt straight. By my mid to late twenties
it became debilitating and I was referred to a very unhelpful
surgeon who suggested I got a desk job. I found this faintly
amusing as I couldn't sit down for longer than a few minutes.
By this time I was walking with two sticks and living
on a high dose of painkillers. I refused to give in and
managed to be referred to a surgeon in Nottingham who had
a knowledge of riding. After another MRI scan he confirmed
I had a curvature in my spine and two prolapsed discs which
were cutting into my nerves and affecting the use of my
right leg. He wanted to operate but I refused as eventually
the discs would disintegrate and free off my nerves, to
Several years later, this did happen but in the meantime
he told me I had to improve my posture to stand the faintest
Hence my involvement with the Alexander Technique. It
took over a year for me to stop using my sticks. Throughout
everything I continued to ride as it was my job. I found
I was becoming straighter but my right leg was still very
weak. They were challenging years but I was determined I
would not be beaten. I am now in my late forties and am
working towards Grand Prix dressage with my Luisitano stallion.
I work with all levels of riders and horses and teach
at home or will travel.