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post #1 of 4 Old 07-22-2012, 02:11 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy First English Riding Lesson - Terrified!

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I was invited to take a lesson at the top english riding barn in my area at the last horse show I rode in. I have been riding western for the past six years. The problem? I have only ridden english a handful of times (someone gave me a english bridle, pad and all purpose saddle) and I only took four very basic english lessons from a friend. I am extreamly nervous, I will be representing my barn when I go for a lesson at the english barn. (Some of the boarders at my barn ride english, but they go elsewhere for their lessons). So, I am pretty much terrified of looking like an idiot.
Do you guys have any tips I can work on to improve before my lesson? It's a week away.

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post #2 of 4 Old 07-22-2012, 02:19 AM
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All I can think of is to relax. You aren't supposed to be good. That's why you are going for a lesson. Get your sense of humor on board, 'cause laughing helps any situation go lighter. You'll do much better than you expect. I promise!
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post #3 of 4 Old 07-22-2012, 02:26 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I was joking around with some of the nice boarders today, and I said to one of the ones who wished she'd been invited, "The reason they invited me is because I'm sooo bad, I need major help!" She got a kick out of that. :)

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post #4 of 4 Old 07-22-2012, 02:29 AM
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It's a lesson... it's supposed to be fun and you aren't representing ANYONE but YOURSELF in a lesson. Your own skills and your eagerness to learn.

Don't put so much pressure on yourself.
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