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        10-09-2010, 02:04 AM
    Back in the Saddle <3


    I am pretty stoked to have found this site, looks like a pretty amazing place to learn more things about horses! Alright -- so here is my story. My names Lauren Elaine, and I am 18. I use to ride from age 7-13 -- I was in pony club, and I really loved it.. So I use to do some pretty intermediate things, some jumping .. a bit of informal showing -- and I was not too bad! I knew my stuff. Well after 13 school got really busy, and riding horses became very competitive, and it was hard to keep up with, it also didn't help that my barn shutdown. Well, after all this time, I've decided to get back into the saddle. Its been years, but I still love horses.. and need to get back around them. My friend I just met at college is letting me ride her 6 year old Morgan. He is about 14.5 hands tall, and is a pasture horse so he is not too fit.. plus he only gets ridden once a week, since she is so busy. But I just went today to meet him. It was amazing, I can't believe how much I have forgotten though, its sorta embarrassing. I got to cool him down and walk/trott him.. it had been 6 years since I had been in a english saddle.. so wow. It felt so foreign. Also his gait is very bumpy, and I had a veryy hard time staying steady while posting and remembering all the tricks to riding. I've got lots to re-learn. But I am excited.

    - Any tips / tricks?
    - Helpful NEED TO KNOW basic riding pointers?
    - workouts that will strengthen my legs?

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        10-09-2010, 02:09 AM
    Congrats on your return to the horse world! We have all had our times off...its the best way to know that your really want to ride!

    I ride western so I cannot give you any specific pointers but I can tell you that a great book is Centered Riding by sally swift. She gives great instructions and lots of visual aids.

    Good luck!
        10-09-2010, 02:32 AM
    Thanks! Got to love western as well.. I really admire the western rider. So layed back, yet so fierce!
        10-09-2010, 05:09 PM
    A lot of being able to stay balanced and post well is having the muscles to do it correctly. Ride as much as you can and it will all come back to you. "Riding" a large fitness ball will also help to develop your core muscles.
    Send some pictures when you can. Welcome!
        10-09-2010, 10:22 PM
    Just a hint- the horse is not 14.5 hands, he is 15.1. There are 4 inches in a hand, and there can be 14.1, 14.2, 14.3, and then it goes to 15. So 14.5 would be 15.1. Sorry, it's a pet peeve of mine! Ride as much as possible, and your muscle memory will come back to you!
        10-09-2010, 10:58 PM
    Wow.. Feels exactly like me, I just got a horse and checked him out like 2 weeks ago And I was embarassed at how much I forgot also. Haha. Anyway, always heels down [imagine all your weight sinking to your heels] Don't tense up on a sitting trot just sit deep. Sit tall and your arms at a 90 degree angle.{{Correct me if im wrong on any of there,, its jsut how I learned}} & Yeah, just keep riding and your muscles will get stronger if you practice. Hope I helped !
        10-10-2010, 12:10 AM
    Green Broke
    Welcome to the forum.

    Its really exciting that you're riding again.

    To improve your riding focus on your legs and hands. Horses have sensitive mouths on you don't want to be unintentionally pulling at them as you ride the horse. Focus on holding your hands steady and moving with the horse. Don't rest your hands on the neck, carry them with the top of your hand (your thumb area) up. I remember lessons with instructors saying "heels down, thumbs up" which meant keep your heels down so your lower leg is secure, and your thumbs up so your hands aren't twisting in.

    Reoandme - I don't really know what you mean by 90 degree angle. Generally the arms are angled down to form a "straight line" to the bit. Perhaps in a very collected horse 90 degrees would be a straight line, but in general schooling the lower arm is angled down.

    Also remember there is meant to be an invisible line from your ear, to your shoulder, to your hip, to your heel. Try and keep your seat in that straight line.
        10-11-2010, 01:42 PM
    Originally Posted by haleylvsshammy    
    Just a hint- the horse is not 14.5 hands, he is 15.1. There are 4 inches in a hand, and there can be 14.1, 14.2, 14.3, and then it goes to 15. So 14.5 would be 15.1. Sorry, it's a pet peeve of mine! Ride as much as possible, and your muscle memory will come back to you!
    Depending on where you live some people equate 14.5 hh with 14 1/2 hh (i.e. 14.2 hh to a lot of people). Just to point it out. :) I got snarked at once for saying exactly what you did to someone and learned what I just told you.

    Anywho, congrats Lauren! It'll all come back to you I'm sure. It's like riding a bike! Your body will remember and even if you're sore after the first few rides it's the best kind of sore there is!

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