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    07-10-2013, 09:22 AM
Beginner coming back to riding after 10+ years hiatus

Hi everyone,

Allow me to do a little intro here, my name is Faye and I haven't been on a horse for over 10 years, took my friends kids to a trail ride (with trainers etc, I was just riding along) and rekindled my love for riding. I scheduled for a lesson a few days after.

I was very excited. I didn't know what to expect, when I use to take lesson, I did about once a week group lesson for a year, but completely forgot everything, other than heels down which was drilled into my head. Well, knowing it and being able to do it is two diff things.

My trainer was awesome. We revisited the basics, just walking around the ring, halting, restarting. Reverse direction, had the horse walk down the center line and change direction, then she had me work on two point without stirrups. Then she asked if I was comfortable trotting, of course!! We did the sitting trot and boy that was not pretty. I felt like I was flopping around like a rag doll.... Then she asked if I remember how to post....ummm.. I tried, with her up down verbal cue, I think I was posting on the right diagonal, but it was rusty. I was posting up and down instead of pulling pelvis forward. But when the horse was trotting at a better pace, I was "pushed" by his trot naturally out of the saddle and my posting became much better, also the visualization of forward instead of up down helped. She mentioned that I was leaning way forward at first, but I quickly was able to correct it.

My problems- I don't know if its my muscle memory all gone, I was unable to keep my heels down, I was constantly reminded, and because of that, I felt like I don't have good lower leg contact with the horse and my legs start flopping around. .... What can I do to practice this? I find that the position to have my legs in complete contact with the horse a bit odd and difficult.

My hands- when I'm steering, my hands tend to cross, I remembered this being an old problem of mine. Maybe my reins are not short enough, but when I have to do a change in direction, the horse is not quite making the turn sharp enough,and I ended up crossing my reins, just very ugly. Trainer kept reminding me that. What are some tips for this?

When trotting, my hands were rising, and trainer reminded me to keep it in front of me,

It was a lot of info during the lesson but I had so much fun! I also love the private lesson, so much better than group!!

Do you guys think that this was good for someone who hasn't been on the horse for over 10 years? I was an adult beginner many years ago. I never learned as a kid, the good thing is I don't have the fear yet.

Nice meeting all of you!!

Right now, I'm getting a helmet and some riding shoes. I've been wearing my fashion boots and its very silly.
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    07-10-2013, 09:44 AM
Green Broke
Welcome back to the dark side :)

Your lesson sounds great! I think you're off to a great re-start.
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    07-10-2013, 12:07 PM
Thank you!! And I will learn not to rush my lessons :)
    07-10-2013, 12:34 PM
The same thing happened to me- I hadn't been on a horse for years and I took the opportunity for a beach ride and fell in love all over again.

It took me a few rides for things to fall back in to place. I found that I still had some muscle memory but the muscle were a bit out of shape!

I'm sure if you stick with it everything will come back to you with time.


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