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        07-12-2010, 09:44 PM
    Nervous! First lesson in ages!

    I'm taking my first lesson tomorrow in almost three years! I've ridden since then, of course, but sporadically. Although I've been riding for ... OMG, I just counted, 17 years, I ought to be better by now!! ... I've always been a very timid rider, and I'm nervous about my first time back being in front of someone. Then again, it'll be nice to have someone help me sort out what I ought to be doing.

    Any relaxation tips?
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        07-12-2010, 09:46 PM
    Relax, and know that she's not there to judge you, she's there to help you. She can't help you if you pretend to be better or appear worse than you really are. Remember: You know how to ride. You just want refining, and she is there to help you with that

    Have fun tomorrow!
        07-12-2010, 11:41 PM
    Have fun! Lessons are about learning, but also about having fun with the sport! Remember that you are not there to be judged. Take a deep breath, in through the nose and out through the mouth and ride like you would with friends!
        07-13-2010, 12:51 AM
    Green Broke
    I agree with the above posters. Just ride like you normaly do, and if something isnt right, all your instructer will do is point it out, and help you correct it.

    Have lots of fun!!! :)
        07-13-2010, 12:12 PM
    Thanks, everybody! It went really well. Well, except for the fact that my horse and I are both completely out of shape, I've put on 15 pounds, and my hands and legs were bouncing all over the place. My husband took video so I could see what I was doing wrong, and OMG! But the instructor was very patient and encouraging and gave great, clear, specific feedback.

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