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    06-05-2011, 05:59 PM
Third Lesson - No Video

My third lesson was today and it was no bueno. Abby was being a total brat. I had to do a lot of kicking to get her to do what I wanted and it was not satisfying me.
My trainer didn't think I would be there so she didn't train me. This time it was the BM again because apparently it wasn't my responsibilty to help strip the stallions stall and I guess it was punishment on the BM's side for making me help. Which makes me wonder if I am being slightly taken advantage of? I don't blame my trainer at all or myself, since I never heard my phone ring when she called to see if I was there and I never let her know I was there and expecting a lesson. So next time I will let her know before hand. And that I am only interested in being trained by her, not someone with only 5 yrs of experience and doesn't enjoy training beginners. Which I don't blame him for because being her stand in trainer was not an occupation he signed up for.

Anyway, Abby was being a major pain and I am sure she felt the tension around her which didn't make it any better. I have to learn to just let things go, especially before riding, since horses can pick up on emotions. My confidence just wasn't there like it has been the last couple of lessons. But I know next time will be better. Abby was just having one of those days. I wanted to turn her into glue by the end of it lol
She wasn't so well behaved before our lesson either. But I only had wished that while my trainer was at the barn she would have told me the truth : that she didn't expect me there and that if I want to ride to ask the BM to sit in for her. Not have me waste an hr and 30 while she was out having lunch and for me to text her asking her what I should be doing whilst I wait on her.

Sorry guys just wasn't a very productive day today and I have been looking forward to it all week only to end up disappointed by miscommunication on all ends. Every time I make it to the barn I want to do better and better and today just wasnt one I wanna remember. I don't like being mislead when in training and although I was told that I did well I didn't want to believe it, because if I had done well I would have felt it on the inside.

James, one of the horses there that is my barn favorite, made me feel better though. Once I was done my trainer showed up and as I was putting my tennis shoes back on (on the trunk beside his stall) he pressed his nose against my face. When I was resting my head in my arms on the edge of the outside wall of his stall, he put his head over my shoulder and I felt his head rest down on it and I realized he was giving me a hug when I tried to break away from him he had me locked in :) so that of course helped me go along with my day.
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    06-06-2011, 01:13 AM
I need tons of help learning how to steer while posting a trot. And posting a trot without holding on to something! Lol... if anyone would like to give me some tips I would appreciate it.
    06-06-2011, 01:56 PM
Hmm, that's weird. You have to call letting her know you'll be at a lesson? I've I was a trainer, I would always expect my students to be there unless notified that they were not going to be there. I think there is definitely some miscommunication going on. I would talk to her. If you are paying for lessons, they should be taught by her unless the BM is a really good rider as well.

You need help learning how to steer while posting the trot as well as not relying on support from, say, reins?

Random question. I remember your first post and it looked like you were being led on a lunge line. Are you still doing that or are you riding on your own? I ask because it sounds like you need some steering help.

Anyways, you should know that posting the trot comes from your core muscles. You need to engage those muscles as well as using your thigh and calf. All this posting is greatly helped if your horse is some good forward motion!! I see alot of beginner riders struggling to post when their horse is just plodding along at the trot and I cringe, just knowing it would greatly help if they horse picked up the pace. So start of by making sure the horse is moving along at a good clip and his motion help help you in and out of the saddle. Squeeze with your legs or give her a good kick with your legs to show her you mean business! What a life to be a lesson horse. ;) So show her you want to pick up the pace.

Another key thing to remember when posting is to "rise and fall with the leg on the wall." So, when the horse is trotting along and you are heading in the direction of the left lead, when the horse's outside fore--his right front leg--come forward and stretches out, you will be out of the saddle. When that leg comes down and his left fore is reaching forward, you will be in the saddle. Sadly, going by this phrase causes a lot of looking down which is a big no-no as it throws your position off as well as putting a lot more weight on the horse's forehand. What you should be going by is feel. Start off at the sitting trot and feel the horses's hind end working. You can even reach back and rest your hand on the horse's outside hind hip. Notice how it rises and sinks and the hind legs reach under and stretch out behind. So if you are still heading to the left, you begin posting when you feel that outside hind leg down or out behind; that hip will out behind. When a horse trots, his legs move in diagonal pairs. Its a 1-2, 1-2, 1-2 beat.

Back to the method of posting. Make sure your leg is underneath you or else you will have a hell of a time trying to post with your leg out in front of you. Use your calf and thigh to hold your position and your core to keep your balance and send the energy back and forth. You should not be "standing up" during the forward phase of the post. You should simply be moving your thighs forward and back down into position. You shouldn't be straightening out your entire leg. Remember, positing is a way to keep in time with your horse's movements so make sure your horse has some good forward motion going on and posting will follow along simply.

Steering your horse at any gait should stem from your legs followed by the reins. So when you are trotting and either posting or sitting, move your outside leg back and push him around your inside leg to turn him. If you feel he isn't listening to that, follow through with more pressure and guide with the reins.

If this all seems like a lot, it is yet its not. The more you practice and solidify it all, it will come naturally to you and you won't even have to think about it to do it. :)

Keep us posted on your lessons!
    06-06-2011, 02:32 PM
Thanks Geminijumper!

Let me start off by explaining the issue with miscommunication. I had spoken to her and it seems that the BM is an issue. Shirking off his chores and just not following through. She has apparently been mislead by his demeanor and as she put it, "he is 19 going on 10" so, as I do not pay and I am being compensated for my volunteer work with free lessons (which are $60 per) I am only volunteering in barn on sunday mornings and expecting a lesson every sunday, which doesn't equal out to the same amount. Now that my job has fallen through I may have more time in-barn to fully earn more lesson time more often. So yes it was a miscommunication error on all parts. She is having issues with duties being properly done at the barn and the BM is being lazy and immature and I am expecting too much lol

And as far as your directions go @___@ I am a very visual learner so I am doing my best to visualize it in my head lol but I am also trying to translate the gibberish into simple terms lol thanks you so much!

Oh an to answer you question, last time I was on the lunge line and I was on the lunge for a short while yesterday but afterwards he had some kind of complicated awful training technique so that I was going around barrels and inbetween poles from troting to one barrel slowing down at a walk and going around the barrel, trotting to the next barrel walking between the pole and barrel and so on.... Very confusing and just made me and abby more frustrated. I spoke to my trainer about the BM being totally unfit as a beginner lesson trainer as well. So I hope that she will take that and never assign him to me again!
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    06-06-2011, 02:58 PM
Hehe. Sorry, I kind of did write a lot. ;)

Ahh, okay. So you are exchanging work around the farm for lessons. Well I'm glad you spoke up anyways about that guy teaching your lessons. You don't need to be doing barrels and poles in your first lessons. Your first lessons should be spent only on you and your position, not running around barrels. Lol.

Alrighty, so you are a visual learner! I see now that what I wrote can be very confusing. Sorry! To help you out because of the way you learn, can I suggest a book for you? Sally Swift is an amazing instructor who based her teaching on using imagery and body awareness. I feel you would enjoy her book. I think her first book would do you some good so if you can maybe find it at your local library, it would really help you out. Here it is:

    06-06-2011, 03:13 PM
I have heard about this book in a previous thread I began "What's in your library?"

I will be adding it to my summer reading list :) the reviews on this book are very good! And yes the description of the book suggests that sally swift uses imagery and body awareness and other useful visuals to help riders better their seat :) I think it will be very useful to me! Thanks for the suggestion!
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    06-06-2011, 03:29 PM
No problem. :) Glad to be of some help.

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