Updated: Dec 3, 2019
What happens when you’re a horseback rider and you’re pregnant? How do you get back to riding after a baby? What about baby number 2?
If you look on social media you will see all the girls that rode and competed up to 9 months pregnant then went right back to riding a couple days after the baby was born, oh and they also looked fabulous at the same time.
This is very skewed reality. Where’s the mom with the c-section that might only be able to look at her horse out the window? Or the mom who struggles getting her groove back or the dreaded peeing on your saddle?! Yup, I said it. It’s real.
No one talks about how hard it is. ITS HARD. Its not just hard with baby but what about when they get older. Everyone always told me that it will get better Laura. What a load of crap, literally crap. I deal with it day in and day out, I know crap when I see it. 💩
Please don’t fall into the social media bs, because those are the same moms that have their kids potty trained at 18months old and playing the violin.
So, how do you get back into riding after baby and with kids?
I am no expert on this, I know it ain’t easy and mom guilt is very real. I also know that I wish I could have watched my mom follow her dreams when I was younger. She always wanted to ride which is why I ended up with a pony in the first place. She has yet to follow a dream. I would love to show my girls that anything really is possible.
They are going to see their mom work, really hard. They are going to see her fail time and time again. They saw me bawling when I lost the horse of my life. I want them to see the reality. I want them to see me go after my dreams and know that they are limitless as well.
Taking a step back and looking at the big picture eases my mom guilt, which will never completely go away.
I’ll never tell you its easy, because its not. The number one struggle I hear from riders is “not enough time and not enough money.” The major culprit being mom guilt. If this is your dream, you will find a way to make it happen. We are all on our own journey so yours may not look like white-picket-fence mom but you will be just as successful, if not more at raising your kids.
What I am here to say is that you are worth it. Dreams can come true even with kids crawling all over you and stealing your favorite horse brushes. In the grand scheme of things we all have our own struggles. Ours just happens to be a lot cuter than others.
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