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        06-04-2013, 02:05 AM
      #21
    Foal
    @bsms I will ask my instructor if I can try that - thanks

    @Skyseternalangel I don't know enough about horse riding to know if she is doing/teaching me the correct way
         
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        06-04-2013, 09:48 AM
      #22
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    While I think you have made a lot of progress with your riding in a very short amount of time, I think that you are moving too fast. Your instructor should slow it down and really break things down for you. You're going to end up with a lot of holes in your training at the pace you're going at. That will only lead to lots of falls and injuries along the way. Your instructor should be working on getting you to relax your entire body, allowing it to move with the horse, rather then being a stiff board. Again, I know you just started, but these are the things your instructor should be teaching you BEFORE moving to the canter. If you're stiff/tense at the canter you can easily fall.
         
        06-04-2013, 10:11 AM
      #23
    Foal
    Okay sorry - Thank you....
         
        06-04-2013, 10:22 AM
      #24
    Started
    Haha, during both videos I found myself clicking to get the horse to move :P You do appear to be blocking him from going forward, and that does not help make a lazy lesson horse move! I'm sorry to hear that your first canter encounter was unpleasant, but glad that you got right back to it!

    While you do seem to have a more steady seat than many just starting out that I have seen, I agree that you are moving too quickly. When I started cantering it was on the calmest lesson horse (not the one I usually rode) on the lunge line and I did not have reins. I had been riding with a cruddy instructor for about a year (one who basically ignored me in a huge group lesson), and probably another several months with my old trainer. Certainly not in a large open field! I would also be very wary that your instructor is willing to put you on an unpredictable horse, especially when going out of the arena. Are you paying for group or private lessons? If you are paying for private, then it does not seem fair that she could just say "hey, we're going on a group hack!" unless you were on board. I don't know what other options are available around you, but you may want to look into taking lessons with a different instructor if possible. In this sport you want to be training with someone who will set you up for success- your trainer may be a lovely rider, but not every great rider is also a great teacher!!
         
        06-04-2013, 10:25 AM
      #25
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    Also, like folks have said, relax!! I would guess that your sore shoulders are from a combination of stiffness as well as possibly holding the horse's mouth with your hands. It's definitely easier said than done, but try to loosen yourself and your hold so you can move with him. Soreness after riding is not uncommon, but you can help prevent it!
         
        06-04-2013, 10:57 AM
      #26
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    For a real beginner, you are doing well and will become a good rider, I feel certain.
    If you are going to work on canter, it would be best for you and the horse if you continued to work on the lungeline, and that you do not hold the reins, but rather just put your hands on your thighs, or better yet, on your tummy (helps to keep you sitting up straight). Right now, you are not steady enough to avoid bopping the horse in the mouth with the rein/bit. Once you are more steady, you can hold the reins.
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        06-04-2013, 11:11 AM
      #27
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    Originally Posted by Bckz14    
    @bsms I will ask my instructor if I can try that - thanks

    @Skyseternalangel I don't know enough about horse riding to know if she is doing/teaching me the correct way
    Go to another local stable and take a lesson there, like getting a second opinion from a doctor. Keep in mind one person's teaching style may not mesh with some people. It's not that its wrong, it just doesn't work for everyone. My sister and I were taking jumping lessons with the same instructor. I was doing well and she was stand still. Now she found an instructor who's methods work for her. She is finally progressing along!*It's not that one was wrong, their methods were just different!
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        06-04-2013, 02:54 PM
      #28
    Foal
    Thanks for all the help.

    The trouble is there are not many english speaking stables here. I am heading back to the UK in two weeks for the summer and then am moving to Qatar....So I will have to change trainers soon.

    I had another lesson this evening and spent a lot of the time trotting - sitting and posting. I was trying to post on the correct leg around the training area. Then my RI asked me to try to canter on my own...which is in the following video. I still couldn't get him to do it.....so she put me on the lunge. I tried to keep up straight and relax.....it felt okay....

         
        06-06-2013, 02:25 PM
      #29
    Foal
    Thumbs down

    Some teenagers are just so disrespectful and rude!!!

    On a hack today with a group of about 8 other horses. We were transitioning from walk to posting trot and out of nowhere appear these two 13/14 year old boys with music blaring from their phones....Poor Grafes panics and attempts to bolt and I try and calm him and manage to stay on! But I end up having to shout at these kids to turn the music off as they find the whole thing really funny! And then just as I got past them they started it up again and Grafes had a second panic!

    Grrrrrrrrr!!!!!


         
        06-06-2013, 02:37 PM
      #30
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    I sure would have had you hang on to the saddle instead of the reins druing the lunge portion of that lesson.

    I hope you find good lessons and riding opportunities in UK and then Quatar.
         

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