In 2014 I was involved in a MVA and sustained injuries that were lasting and far reaching. I could no longer lift my arms above my waist and had a severely twisted pelvis. Both of these issues caused much agony regarding my love of riding. I sat crooked and really off balance. I had no strength in my legs due to the pelvic rotation. My arms of course could not hold reins in a proper manner.
Not riding was not an option so I went about figuring out how to move forward with these problems rather than waiting for them to disappear.
I am 5 feet tall on a good day and Gemini is well over 16 hands and is built like a tank. My saddle that I had custom made to address my balance issues etc due to a previous brain injury weighs 48 lbs including the cinch and breast collar. Throwing this saddle up was impossible before my injury, hence the reason I built a mounting platform that I used for saddling. After my accident I could barely drag the thing, let alone lift it. When ever I would go anywhere in a trailer I would have to ask someone to help me saddle Gemini. This was so frustrating. I am very particular about where my saddle goes both in relation to where on the horse and where on the blanket.
The bar that was on the saddle for balance reasons and security reason due to my PTSD allowed me to rest my arms so I could hold the reins and not have to hold my arms up.
I have worked very hard over the years training Gemini to be quiet, stand still and be good with all sorts of man made things. This was the second time he had been in the trailer and saddled. I knew while my hoist was being installed the Gemini would have no issues, it would be me having to learn how to saddle with the hoist.
It will take me a bit of time to get Izzy to the point of standing like Gemini does.
Just maybe one of these days I will have Gemini load himself, saddle himself, and then get down on one knee so I can get on. LOL