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        07-24-2008, 02:47 AM
      #21
    Showing
    That's great you're making progress! See how easy it is?! Just takes time!
         
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        07-24-2008, 06:07 AM
      #22
    Yearling
    Last night I dreamed that I did it again xD
         
        07-24-2008, 06:46 AM
      #23
    Started
    Like many others have said. You'll learn them through you're seat. But how I remembered which diagonal was right, I'd go like this:

    When the horse strikes off into a trot look on the outside shoulder. If his outside shoulder is going forward when you're rising and moving backwards when you're sitting, you're on the right diangonal. Rmember it like this; you go forward when the horse's shoulder goes forward. You go down when you're horse's shoulder goes down. I hoped that helped! Enjoy your future lessons!
         
        07-24-2008, 06:48 AM
      #24
    Yearling
    Yup, I know how to check visually that I'm on the right diagonal; I just sit as the outside shoulder goes back. It's feeling it that I hope I'm beginning to learn ^^
         
        07-24-2008, 06:56 AM
      #25
    Started
    You are! To the sounds of me you are. Have you had anymore lessons? And do you ride a pony or a horse?
         
        07-24-2008, 07:10 AM
      #26
    Yearling
    I have another lesson this evening :) I ride a horse :) He's a big gelding, around 16hh (I don't know the exact measurement; I'll compare him to the horses I know are 16.1hh and 15.3hh xD) and of a mix of breeds but definitely some cob as he's got a huge bum and is stocky and chunky. I'm tall with long legs (I'm five foot eight and my legs are longer than those of a six foot two male friend) and I've ridden something that was about 13hh and it was the most uncomfortable ride I've ever been on!

    I definitely like big horses. Longer stride, so you don't feel like you're sitting on a jackhammer, and you're just so much more secure! On the pony, at first I felt like I was about to come off in trot (I ended up shortening my stirrups to rectify that, though), but I've never once felt off balance or about to fall on Charlie Brown, even with really messy trot/canter transitions.
         
        07-24-2008, 07:12 AM
      #27
    Started
    Wow! You'll find that bigger horses are prlly better and easier torise trot in as they are bigger and slower so it gives you more time. Especially when you're just starting! But man girl! You must have some guts! Riding a tall horse like that for your first time...Phew! You go girl!


    Congrats!


    Let us know how the other lesson comes along...
         
        07-24-2008, 07:17 AM
      #28
    Yearling
    My first lesson was on a 16.1hh mare - I didn't realise how big she was until I slung my legs over the side, dropped down ... and then had to drop about a foot more to reach the ground xD I don't know why the big horses are scary; for me they seem so much less so! You've got a nice secure seat and they have big trots and they're not going to veer off and do something crazy like a pony might xD But then, when you're leading them, you do realise that they weigh about twelve or thirteen times what you do and you have to Be The Boss if they're going to move xD

    As I've mentioned elsewhere, a friend is teaching me how to groom her horse, Luca. He's 17hh, so his withers are level with the top of my head, but the only time I actually realise how big he is is when you get the flyspray out and he starts trying to hide in the corner of his loose box. Otherwise you just use him as a table and rest all the brushes on his back until you need them xD
         

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