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post #1 of 11 Old 02-23-2012, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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Question Riding lessons

Well i'm looking in to taking riding lessons, right now I can only afford about 1 a week. I've been riding western for awhile so i'm not new to riding or anything, I was just wondering if 1 lesson a week would really benefit me much? Would I have to take more lessons to make good progress in learning english? The problem is I really don't have a horse to ride english outside of lessons, so I really wouldn't be able to practice, unless I found an english horse to lease. Both my good broke horses are gaited and my gelding needs work, so I don't think he would really benefit me learning how to ride english (since he isn't trained for it yet). What would be your suggestions on helping me along with learning english riding? Thanks.
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post #2 of 11 Old 02-23-2012, 11:55 PM
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It will help you, yes. But the more saddle time you can get, the better.

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Well I have my first lesson booked for Thursday, im pretty excited .
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Well I have my first lesson booked for Thursday, im pretty excited .
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Let us know how it goes!!! Have fun :)

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Thanks! I hope it goes well, im probably going be super nervous haha. She said my first lesson will be on the longe line to learn balance.
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Thanks! I hope it goes well, im probably going be super nervous haha. She said my first lesson will be on the longe line to learn balance.
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Well just relax and enjoy that treat! I love lungeline lessons.. you learn so much on how to really feel the horse and manipulate your own body to make things click.

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Well just relax and enjoy that treat! I love lungeline lessons.. you learn so much on how to really feel the horse and manipulate your own body to make things click.
That's what I've heard, I watched some video clips of riding lessons on youtube haha.
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Given that you already have the experience of your western riding behind you, I think a lesson a week would be enough to get you started. You already know how to balance yourself, when to reach for the "oh crap strap" and all that happy stuff. It's really just a re-education of your position and the aids in some cases.

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Well I need to relearn my balance in the saddle, that's for certain. But other than that, its just learning the fundamentals of english riding.
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Well I just had my lesson tonight and I didn't get a lunge line lesson after all. It was pretty uncomfortable everytime I trotted I kept stopping the horse cause I felt like I was going to fall off. My mom watched from the ground and said the saddle didn't fit me, overall it went alright, I didn't fall off which is the important thing lol.
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