I had a great lesson
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > English Riding

I had a great lesson

This is a discussion on I had a great lesson within the English Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category

     
    LinkBack Thread Tools
        02-26-2009, 07:37 PM
      #1
    Foal
    I had a great lesson

    I know I mostly lurk here but I'm really happy now and that tends to make me want to share :)

    I originally only rode Icelandic horses which are essentially gaited native ponies but back in last November I started taking lessons once a week at a barn nearby. It was try riding non-Icelandic horses or don't ride at all so I decided to go for it. I hadn't ridden then for several years and I hadn't really ridden English style before either. The traditional Icelandic style is more similar to English than western I guess since there is rein contact etc. but still, it's different.

    Anyway I've slowly been finding my feet and having a lot of fun doing so. Today I went and had a lesson, it was a group lesson but there were only three of us this week so it wasn't crowded or anything.

    We did a lot of work without stirrups and I managed to find my balance and stay relaxed a lot better than before. It felt really effortless and fun.

    I was really working on trying to stay relaxed and feel my center of gravity and make sure it was moving with the horse and I think I managed the best sitting trot I've done in a while. It felt easier than with stirrups actually.

    I also cantered without stirrups for the first time ever and it went really well. I went a little bit wobbly in the transition from canter to trot but nothing serious, still anyone got tips on how to handle that? Is it just the standard, stay relaxed and centered?

    After that we did leg yields at walk, trot and canter. Again it was really a lot of fun, didn't go perfectly but it went a lot better at the end than when I started and I love the feeling of having things do the "click" thing in your head when you suddenly figure out how to ask properly for what you want the horse to do and how to help them with that.

    I only wish I could have my own horse to work with and then also to go riding more than once a week but with my working hours I don't have the time and I don't have the cash either. Oh well maybe in a year or two.
         
    Sponsored Links
    Advertisement
     
        02-26-2009, 07:42 PM
      #2
    Foal
    You rode Iceladics? Cool! I was almost thinking my pony could be an icelandic.. He's form the amish, he was 75$ in a package of 2.. I'm going to post a video of riding him soon, hopefully sat./sun.? Could you maybe view it and give your opinion of it's breed?
         
        02-26-2009, 07:51 PM
      #3
    Foal
    Yeah sure, I'll keep an eye out :)

    I am Icelandic and lived in Iceland until I moved to the UK.

    Back home all horses are purebred Icelandic horses, there is no other breed in the country and hasn't been for 1000 years. So even if someone wanted to ride an arabian horse, a warmblood or a quarter horse, they can't since all the horses in the country are Icelandic.

    There's also a very specific way of keeping them. The mares give birth outside in the fields without being monitored at all usually. They're left alone in big herds when they're growing up and not really touched until they're around 3. Not mature for regular riding until they're 5 years old. Always kept with other horses, even kept 2 or 3 to a box usually if they're stabled (stallions are one per box though).

    Turned out barefoot in huge herds and not ridden for around 4 months every year in the late autumn etc. and allowed to get fat then. That's something that's built into them, really wanting to store up fat for the winter. It's hard to fight against that if you try to ride them throughout the year. That break is also really good for them mentally, just letting them be wild horses in a big herd on a mountain for a few months every year.

    It's taken me a while getting used to how horses are kept elsewhere, heh..
         
        02-26-2009, 08:20 PM
      #4
    Foal
    I figured out they are not icelandics. D: But just in case.. I still want you to check. >.< And wow! All Icelandics?
         

    Quick Reply
    Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
    Message:
    Options

    Register Now

    In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

    Already have a Horse Forum account?
    Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

    New to the Horse Forum?
    Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

    User Name:
    Password
    Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
    Password:
    Confirm Password:
    Email Address
    Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
    Email Address:

    Log-in

    Human Verification

    In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


    Old Thread Warning
    This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

    Thread Tools

    Similar Threads
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    my Lesson Tiffany01 English Riding 0 11-26-2008 08:04 PM
    Had a GREAT Lesson Moxie Western Riding 11 10-28-2008 07:05 PM
    great lesson and i am very happy today! Kirsti Arndt Horse Talk 3 08-18-2008 05:41 PM
    My first lesson! 1111aqua Horse Riding 8 07-27-2008 02:37 AM



    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:30 PM.


    Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0