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post #11 of 25 Old 10-20-2011, 01:19 PM
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I'm glad I helped! I also recommed the book "Complete Horse Riding Manual" with a picture of a person riding a white horse on the cover. It's a great book and it talks about setting goals and mentally preparing yourself for riding which I think you'd find useful.
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post #12 of 25 Old 10-21-2011, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I had my lesson today and I wish I had video but nobody was around to be able to take any. Worked on posting, steering and maintaining the trot all the way around the arena. I managed to stay in two-point at a walk twice around, and posted twice around without having to sit. Hook is starting to really respond to me a lot better. I think my signals are getting less confusing plus he has a bit more respect for me. We had a great day. At the end I spent some time walking without stirrups and also worked on trying to point my toes more forward. I think I have a separate thread question on that. We trotted over ground poles which gives me the biggest kick -- so much fun.

Cinder, I got a copy of the Complete Horse Riding Manual at the library today!

My instructor said a goal is to canter by Thanksgiving. I think I'm also adding a group lesson every 2-3 weeks when I can afford it because I must get more time in
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post #13 of 25 Old 10-22-2011, 03:53 PM
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You're doing good so far, and tell me if you find that book helpful!

If you'd like some critique get some good pictures or a video and post it in the critique section. You might get a better idea of some of the posture things you have to work on that way.
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post #14 of 25 Old 10-23-2011, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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So far the book is good. It seems a bit... pedantic? In the beginner riding section, like it says "your lesson WILL go this and that way," and that's not exactly what mine were like, so it's not that helpful. But the parts beyond that look much better. I like the grids and skills and ideas. I need to spend some good time with it.

I'm going riding tomorrow night! I'm adding a second private lesson every other week.
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Lists and goals are great, and they can be helpful if you need to look back at where you were so you can see where you are now. But be careful of spending so much time with all that, that you miss out on being able to just enjoy riding your ride on your horse today!

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Well, I had my lesson today and I wish I had video but nobody was around to be able to take any. Worked on posting, steering and maintaining the trot all the way around the arena. I managed to stay in two-point at a walk twice around, and posted twice around without having to sit. Hook is starting to really respond to me a lot better. I think my signals are getting less confusing plus he has a bit more respect for me. We had a great day. At the end I spent some time walking without stirrups and also worked on trying to point my toes more forward. I think I have a separate thread question on that. We trotted over ground poles which gives me the biggest kick -- so much fun.

Cinder, I got a copy of the Complete Horse Riding Manual at the library today!

My instructor said a goal is to canter by Thanksgiving. I think I'm also adding a group lesson every 2-3 weeks when I can afford it because I must get more time in


UH-OH@! Now you're hooked! And you'll never be free! Watch the dollar signs floating out the window!
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post #17 of 25 Old 10-23-2011, 08:33 PM
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Yeah, it gets better! I really like the exercises it includes.

You may want to consider taking group lessons instead of private lessons after you've been riding a while, they're more affordable. To see the benefits and the drawbacks of this there's a whole thread going on somewhere on people's preferences.
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After many years of horseownership I've learned to stop setting goals and cherish the moments. Keeping a journal will allow you to look back at your accomplishments. These are what bring your forward to the next success, however small.
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post #19 of 25 Old 10-24-2011, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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I promise I'm not thinking about checklists in my head while I ride. I'm just a list-maker; it helps me to enjoy activities when I'm not actively participating in them. Know what I mean?

I'm doing two private lessons for now at a discount. There is a group that's just a little ahead of me, and which I might join, but I'd like a few more weeks on my own, I think.

The thing I mentioned earlier about toe turn-out, I think is because I was trying just to point my toes in instead of turning from the hip. I'm going to test that tonight. :)
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post #20 of 25 Old 10-24-2011, 01:07 PM
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With the toe turning thing, sometimes toes pointed toward the horse indicates gripping with the knee. Toes pointed out (but not too much) would indicate a more correct upper leg/thigh grip. Someone tell me if I'm way off base here or wrong, as I know I might be wrong here.
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