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    12-10-2008, 09:23 PM
Newbie Needs advice

Hello all My name is Jennie and I'm new to this forum. I was thinking about leasing a horse from a coworker who lives right down the street from me. I haven't ridden since I was 15 years old about 10 years ago . I'm looking for some adivce is it like riding a bike or I'm I going to be lost Thanks Jen
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    12-10-2008, 09:26 PM
It's not really like riding a bike because you have to build up certain muscles for riding. Also, you need to build your confidence.
What is the horse like?
How long had you ridden before?

I would suggest making sure it is a calm quiet horse. Also, maybe seeing if you could take lessons until you get the swing of things?

Good luck! You won't be completely lost if you were comfortable before, but getting help getting back into the swing of things is always good.
    12-11-2008, 11:11 AM
I rode for 5 or 6 years english hunter jumper Im not sure what the hores is like my friend told me to stop over and see if were a match . I always had very strong legs and still do I never remember bein g sore as a kid I'm I going to be sore the 1st time I ride ?
    12-11-2008, 11:34 AM
Yeah, u'll probably be sore after the first few rides, especially if you haven't ridden in 10 years.
    12-11-2008, 05:24 PM
Welcome to the forum!!!

Anyways you probably will be sore, depending on how much riding you do. The best thing is to just go see the horse and see if it will match with you. Maybe she would be willing to give you a few riding lessons on her horse so you know how he rides before you get into a lease.

Good Luck!!!
    12-11-2008, 07:32 PM
I'd certainly want to take lessons for quite a while before getting a horse.
    12-12-2008, 10:43 AM
Green Broke
Welcome to the forum! I took a break on and off for about 4 years and there are some things you never forget. Like posting. I feel like once you learn to post, you will always remember it! But your leg may have forgotten how to stay in the correct place and even if your legs are strong for other things, most things don't require you to use your horseback riding muscles. I also find that people who take a break for that long are a little unsure the first couple of lessons so it's nice to have a solid school horse that will take care of you and someone on the ground watching. Like a few have mentioned, I would highly recommend taking some lessons first, just to help you get back into the swing of things. That's great that you have the opportunity to possibly lease a horse!
    01-08-2009, 07:18 PM
Welcome to the forum!

When riding, you need certain muscles. You should do a workout everyday to build up your core and leg muscles. A good workout for the leg muscles is the wall-sit. A wall-sit is when you lean against a wall and go down into a squat but stop when your legs are bent at a 90 degree angle and "sit" there for as long as you can. It's harder than it looks!

Also, I recommend that you take lessons. There are some things that you forget, and some that you don't!
    01-11-2009, 10:00 AM
Green Broke
This was the same situation as one of my good friends, it had been 10 yrs for her as well. But once she mounted, she was back in familiar territory again! It all came back to her, just like riding a bike. But same as with a bike, if your leg muscles haven't been worked in a similar way in 10 years expect to be sore the first few rides!
    01-11-2009, 12:30 PM
I am going through this now. I stopped riding for awhile and now I am starting back up. You are going to be sore, no matter how stong your legs might be you are going to be sore and tired. Pick a day where you can do nothing but take a nice long bath and sleep afterwards. You'll want it.

I would say that the hardest part for me is remembering to keep my legs where they should be and heels down. Of course that's not including the fact I have to learn dressage after doing hunter jumper for 5 years. Don't go down that road. Riding is my freedom from this world but it sure is a painful freedom.

I know one thing for sure, if you loved riding before that will not change. When you get back up in that saddle you'll be smiling.

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