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        03-16-2009, 08:21 AM
    I wish you luck in your upcoming show. The only advice I can offer is just before you go in the ring, take a few deep breaths of that wonderful horsey smell and just remind yourself that your only goal is to have fun and feel a connection with the horse. Don't worry about the spectators or the judges or anyone else in the class. It is just you and your horse for a nice relaxing ride. :) Let us know how it goes.
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        03-16-2009, 10:32 AM
    Thanks everyone. I'll keep you posted
        05-13-2009, 03:10 AM
    I took a 10 year break from riding. I stopped when I was 13, and started at 23. When I stopped I was doing 4' jumps, and 3'6 bareback. THe first time I asked for a canter, the transition flung me out of the saddle, threw me so off balance I grabbed the mane and had a death grip with my legs while screaming WHOA and trying REALLY hard to JUST STAY ON.
    Within in 4 lessons my flatwork was all good, but when I did my first cross rail my center of balance, and rythm just wasn't there and I ended up clinging to the horse's neck as he carried me to the safety of the fence (what a good little guy)
    I'm learning to ride with a "new body", I'm an adult, not a kid, and a lot of muscle memory has to be relearned, and balance regained.
    A huge confidence builder for me was doing some simple dressage exercises (flex/counterflex, leg yield, walk/trot/halt transitions, collection, circle work) at a slow pace. I personally found it encouraging, because I felt in control again, and it was opening the lines of communication between me and the horse.
    Look at it more like learning to ride again from point zero, and be proud how much faster you're progressing than any other beginner!
    Also I found once I have a maneuvre down, it stays with me.
    And finally... always end your lesson on a positive note! I know it's hard when you're being hard on yourself about everything. Try just riding bareback for the cool off and just feeling good about being on that horse!
        05-13-2009, 07:05 AM
    Yes, you have to build up. All my lessons start from flat work and progress to small jumps. You can't expect to come off ten years and do everything perfect,the key is to be patient! And yes, it is very important to end positively

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