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        06-04-2011, 06:24 PM
      #21
    Weanling
    Thanks :) it is quite comfy up there <3 I feel like I've been there all my life and yet I hadn't.
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        06-04-2011, 07:40 PM
      #22
    Weanling

    Here you go guys! The once lost and now found footage of my first riding lesson a couple weeks ago
    If you look R E A L L Y close behind me at the farm you can see pumpkin grazing :P
         
        06-04-2011, 08:30 PM
      #23
    Super Moderator
    Looks so sunny there! She seems like a nice instructor. I said it before and I guess I will again; I think you need to drop your stirrups TWO nothches. You will feel more secure with your legs down around the horse a bit more, rather than tucked up under you like a jockey. You will bobble less side to side.

    Love your thread!
         
        06-04-2011, 09:09 PM
      #24
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    Looks so sunny there! She seems like a nice instructor. I said it before and I guess I will again; I think you need to drop your stirrups TWO nothches. You will feel more secure with your legs down around the horse a bit more, rather than tucked up under you like a jockey. You will bobble less side to side.

    Love your thread!
    I may have to ask how it works.. Abby is a BIG horse. For me anyway. I think if my stirrups were two notches lower I wouldn't be able to balance myself well.. *shrugg* but I wouldn't know lol i've only started! I will ask my trainer what she thinks or ask her if my stirrups are too high.

    Btw thanks for loving it!
         
        06-05-2011, 01:11 PM
      #25
    Started
    Look at that beautiful Florida sky!!

    You look so good up on her. Very relaxed and happy. You can see it through your body language. :) First lessons are always exciting! I encourage you to try your hardest, especially when lessons get challenging! :) Good luck!
         
        06-05-2011, 01:29 PM
      #26
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Moonstruck    
    Thanks MN! Oh an that's Abbey :) She's a character alright. When I first met her she was stank (had an attitude). When I lead her out of her stall (well, I tried and eventually succeeded) she was stank. When I tried to get her fly mask off she pinned her ears back just so that I couldn't get it off. RIGHT before I was going to clean her hooves, she pooped on the ground and stepped in it, then moved off to the side a bit and looked at it behind her, then back at me, like she was saying "HA! Pick up my poop! S L A V E." Then once I got on her. She was so perfect very sweet mount and she was patient with me but testy, as sometimes she needed a bit more of a nudge to go forward. I learned a lot from her within the short time frame :) I kind of didn't want it to end so soon! But I guess when we anticipated a 1 1/2 hr - 2 hr lesson we were thinking I was going to be terrible! :) Luckily, I did a great job.
    AHAHHAHA!! I roared at that! Awesome that it went so great!
         
        06-05-2011, 04:41 PM
      #27
    Weanling
    +1 on checking the stirrup length. It took me a while to get this sorted out for myself. Too short and you're going to feel a little tight, almost cramped up, and it's going to make it hard to balance. It's also going to make it difficult for you to get the good flowing movement in your hips and pelvis that you need.

    Too long and you're going to wind up putting your weight into your toes, not your heels.

    My trainer told me that for most people riding hunt seat, the correct stirrup length can be determined like this:
    1. Put the fingertips of one hand up on the top of the stirrup leathers, right up where all those flaps join to the part of the saddle you sit on.
    2. Straighten your arm out totally (keeping your fingertips right up there at the top of the stirrup leathers).
    3. Slide the stirrup iron down and stick the bottom of it (where your boot goes) right up into your armpit. Not just on the edge of your armpit where your bra goes - but put it right into the pit itself.
    4. Look at the measurement on the strap that makes the stirrup long enough to stretch from your fingertips to your armpit. This is going to be close to the right length for your stirrups. Start with that, and tinker from there.

    I don't think this is a matter of how big the horse is - the mountain I ride lessons on is over 16 hands, and a big blocky quarterhorse. It's all to do with the length of *your* legs.

    Give it a shot - when you're tacking up and doing the final adjustments to your cinch before you get on, use this above to check the stirrup length, and move them if they need to.

    If you make them too long, it is not at all a big deal for your trainer to fix this while you are mounted up. All you have to do is make the horse stand, get your foot out of the stirrup and move your leg in front of the saddle - your trainer will be able to make adjustments without you having to dismount. (My lesson horse uses a big fat sheepskin pad under his saddle, and it compresses *every* time I get on him, so I adjust the girth, I get on the horse, and then my trainer has to fiddle the girth some more...while I'm on him - it's not a big deal, I promise. :))
         
        06-06-2011, 02:53 PM
      #28
    Foal
    You look really good in this picture :)
    And good job with being let of the lead rein after 10 minutes
    I'm sure Abbey will get used to you, and be more nice out of the saddle :)
         

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