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post #1 of 97 Old 02-27-2012, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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Question Beginner English Rider that needs a little Help

Firstly I do not have access to any trainers/rider instructors, and I am a beginner if you can call me that...so with that in mind I will continue...

I am getting into English riding a bit, mainly because I would like to jump my horse, and because I just want the know how and want to have some fun ...

So my quest is does anybody have any advice on getting started? Beginner Books/DVDs or tips that worked for you or seemed easy to understand?

I want to learn the right way of English riding, and I'm willing to go slow...

I have ridden horses, mostly I have rode them bareback or with a western saddle... Fire away with answers!

Thanks in advance.
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Hi there Emily :)

I know you say you have no access to an instructor.. is that just English, or western too?

If you want to jump, an instructor for both yourself and the horse is imperative I'm afraid, too much can go wrong to not have one.

Time scale, if you're looking to jump, and have ridden before, i would say around 12-18months, depending if your horse knows how to jump already.

Is your horse learning English with you, or is your horse English? So many questions!

If you have a horse that already knows english and is a bit of a school master, you'll find it a lot easier in comparrison to having to train a western horse for english.
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If you want to jump, an instructor for both yourself and the horse is imperative I'm afraid, too much can go wrong to not have one.
Yes. Trying to learn that on your own exponentially increases the chances of you getting hurt really badly.
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The US Pony Club Manuals are extremely good and can be found for cheap on Amazon or eBay. The books are aimed at children but even an adult can find them beneficial. I found them to be super helpful, they start at the very basics and there are multiple levels that go all the way up to advanced level riding but written in a way that is easy to understand.

As mentioned jumping without an instructor is probably not going to end well, but since no one really cares about any of these warnings and you're going to do it anyway... make sure you always wear a helmet, don't try and catch yourself if you fall by sticking your arms out and never jump alone! Ever. I'm serious! Make sure you bring a friend with you to call for help if something bad happens.
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As mentioned jumping without an instructor is probably not going to end well, but since no one really cares about any of these warnings and you're going to do it anyway... make sure you always wear a helmet
I'd add a body protector to the equation as well. Don't wait until you get a broken bone or a torn ligament to buy one.
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I'd add a body protector to the equation as well. Don't wait until you get a broken bone or a torn ligament to buy one.

If you actually read the label on BPs, it says they don't prevent breaks and tears etc but help protect against bruising.

Y'know when I told you I dislocated shoulder/acj and snapped humerus in half.. all with a BP on..with shoulder pads ;)

BUT they are good, and better safe than sorry!
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If you actually read the label on BPs, it says they don't prevent breaks and tears etc but help protect against bruising.
No maker will make any claims that their BP prevents any kind of injury.

Just like helmets, they only serve to spread the force of impact over a larger area. And that alone reduces the probability of a broken bone or ligament tear.

Had I been wearing a body protector with shoulder pads when I fell a month ago, my chances of ending with an AC separation of the shoulder would have been less. What ended up being a ligament tear might have been only a ligament stretch, or even just some strained muscles and no ligament damage.

All this safety gear just moves the odds a bit in your favor. But that little bit is often the difference between a minor injury that just needs ice and NSAID and one that needs surgery. Or the difference between hospitalization and death.
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Had I been wearing a body protector with shoulder pads when I fell a month ago, my chances of ending with an AC separation of the shoulder would have been less. What ended up being a ligament tear might have been only a ligament stretch, or even just some strained muscles and no ligament damage.
Do you suppose something like this would have helped in your case:

http://www.applesaddlery.com/p-8797-...on-system.aspx

I saw that last night and it's the first body protector I've seen for riding that had shoulder pads. Looks interesting but I wonder how awkward it would be to ride in.
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Do you suppose something like this would have helped in your case:

CHARLES OWEN INC (*E) Charles Owen Collarbone and Shoulder Protection System

I saw that last night and it's the first body protector I've seen for riding that had shoulder pads. Looks interesting but I wonder how awkward it would be to ride in.

X Country ones have shoulder pads too.. never seen that tshirt style one mind you!
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