Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
When my daughter-in-law started learning to ride last month, I told her one of the keys to learning riding as an adult was to calculate the cube root of four-digit numbers while riding. She looked at me like I was nuts, so I explained that adults try to learn to ride with our conscious minds, which is impossible. The less we 'think', the faster we learn.
As it turns out, she is enjoying her western lessons so much that she is smiling the whole time, so I think she'll learn fast.
I'll add that for me, riding western, the key to learning to sit the trot is LONG stirrups, and putting my foot in the stirrup up to the heel. Then I don't worry about losing the stirrup, and the horse has to move my entire body weight up, not just my body weight from the hips up. Also, coming down, very long legs gives me more contact along the thigh, and more shock absorption from my thighs moving out, as well as less distance to come down since I didn't bounce as high to begin with. It also keeps my leg loose, and my big problem for the last 2 years has been tensing my legs. Pine boards don't flex...
Last edited by bsms; 03-07-2011 at 02:55 PM.