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post #1 of 7 Old 10-24-2012, 02:10 AM Thread Starter
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My first lesson in 7 years...

::sigh:: I'm nervous. I was NEVER nervous as a kid. I would jump on a horse to go go go. I grew up (between the ages of 11 and 18) with horses, a paint, a friesian (yes, my moms horse) and 2 TBs. I took lessons on and off but always for very short periods of time. I am not an idiot that knows nothing, but I never "did it right". I bought myself a beautiful 14 year old TB mare a few weeks ago and my first professional lesson on her is in a few days. She's trained level 2 dressage and has done a lot of jumping up to 3' (with previous owner, not me obviously). We're going to start with flat work of course, then moving on to jumping. For some reason I am so nervous. It isn't like me. I feel like as an adult now, all the little things matter to me or scare me or make me self conscious. I really don't know what I'm looking for from this post, but I'm just anxious and any tips or pointers would be appreciated. I want to do well; I am (FINALLY) living my childhood dream, at 25 years old. Maybe I'm just too excited...I dont know...
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-24-2012, 07:06 PM
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Have fun and here's to many years of happy riding to you and your horse!
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-25-2012, 10:06 AM
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I've just started taking lessons again also ...after 12 years! I'm 24 now and am always so nervous!

This past week I had my 6th lesson, and I was much calmer. It took me 6 weeks!!! I make myself so nervous on the 25 minute ride to the barn that my stomach starts turning and everything, its awful. I finally made myself just breathe and relax and kept telling myself there was nothing to be afraid of...I've fallen off a hundred times and if it happens again I'll just get back on, no big deal.

It'll take you a few lessons I'm sure to get comfortable in the saddle again and get comfortable with your horse. Good luck! Just breathe!!!
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-25-2012, 11:04 AM
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As adults we tend to over think everything. As kids, we all had the "get on and go" mentality. As adults we know what CAN happen and thats what we tend to focus on. I'm sure all those nerves will go away once in the saddle and what you know comes back to you, just like riding a bike.
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-25-2012, 05:17 PM
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I hope it goes well for you! It's normal to be nervous. Just have fun!
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-26-2012, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone :) Yes i think I'm overthinking, haha. I had my first lesson today with my new horse, although we only worked on ground work to teach her she has to respect me. She was such a champ, she is so willing to learn and responds so quickly. A week ago when she arrived she was high strung and intimidated me, but she just needed some settling in. She re-assured me today, and we will be doing a riding lesson together on Tuesday :) Thanks again!
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-30-2012, 07:24 PM
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Glad to hear the first lesson went ok! I'm also glad to know I'm not the only one who felt the way you did :) haha. I'm 23 and just started back to riding (took lessons on and off very sporadically when I was younger and was never scared around horses or of falling off or anything - now I feel like anytime the horse makes a sudden movement even when Im not riding, or does something I'm not 100% sure about, or there's even a possibility of falling off I get scared - I love horses and am so excited to ride and love it but I'm not sure if it's just being afraid of falling off or getting hurt or what? I guess just as we get older, like someone else said, we are more aware and know what COULD happen. Anyways, just thought I'd say you weren't the only one and I know how you feel/felt and am glad it started off ok for you! Good luck with the next lesson :)
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