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post #1 of 17 Old 06-03-2009, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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took my first English lesson

The guy was SUPER nice. I asked him about boots and he said his opinion is helmet and gloves first. He likes to teach with gloves because it feels different and he just likes it better (there is a better reason but I don't remember what it was sorry LOL)

We mostly just walked around but he taught me to trot (more or less) I'm not that good at it but I did get to where I could do it about four strides with my hands on my hips. I'm guessing that's good.

My daughter went with me and she says she likes riding but she has NO interest in trotting. Should I encourage her to try it again or should I just take her western trail riding and not worry about it anymore.

I haven't bought a helmet yet but I'm planning on it in the next few days.

I had no idea that it was so much WORK to riding. But I love it anyways.

I'm not really as sore as I thought I would be today but I do have a bruise on my leg from the thing that he put in front of the saddle to hang on to for trotting but otherwise I'm bruise free.
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post #2 of 17 Old 06-03-2009, 10:06 AM
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I think that is wonderful :) Congrats on your first lesson :)

Talk to your coach about Lunge Line Work - LLW will help you immensely with balance and coordination. That might help your daughter out as well.

The reason why you got a bruise, which I am sorry to hear - is because you are gripping to hold on during the trot - but what your Coach should be showing you is balance first and coordination of your seat and legs and upper body to cooincide with your horses movement.

Rhythm - rhythm is very important - and all this you can learn comfortably on the Lunge Line.

Balance comes from your heels, lower leg and seat. No gripping :) Just allowing all your bodies weight to flow down and sink into your heels - your heels are your anchor.

Talk to your coach about this :)

Best of luck! I look forward to hearing more from you :) :)
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Congrats!!! That is great! I hope you had a great time! It IS a lot of work, but it is so much fun!!!! I would encourage your daughter to try it but if she doesn't want to, just let her go at her own pace. If she doesn't want to trot, I wouldn't push it because then it will probably scare her. Congrats again! I hope you continue to enjoy it! It is amazing!
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post #4 of 17 Old 06-03-2009, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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We were (well the horse and I) were going round and round the instructor at the end of a line... is that lunge line?

I wasn't holding on ... I had my hands on my hips at one point ...

Yeah my idea of standing up you do with the balls of your feet and telling me to stand with my heels DOWN is something confusing to my mind. LOL

I forgot how out of shape I really am. :( Maybe my legs are just too weak ...

My knee was killing me by the time I got off the horse. Is there something I can do to help prevent that?

Thanks for the help. I need all the help I can get.

I rode just regular ... get on the horse and ride until you're tired and then get off the horse. I wasn't going fast or anything like that. I was little and just enjoyed being walking around the pasture
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post #5 of 17 Old 06-03-2009, 01:25 PM
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A long time ago I heard that a half hour of posting trot burns calories equivalent to 1/2 hour of yes, it is a lot of work, but totally worth it! ust let your daughter move at her own pace...maybe a few more lessons will give her the confidence she needs to move up to the trot.
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Congrats :) Welcome back to the world of riding. English is an excellent place to start, it will give you an excellent foundation to do whatever else you want.

For your daughter; of the many kids I've taught beginning lessons to not a single one of them has liked trotting at first. Your coach sounds like he was teaching you sitting, not posting, which is good-- posting can be a shortcut to learning to like the trot and being able to "move on" to other things, but I honestly think learning to sit the trot is a must before you truly CAN move on. In other words, encourage her to go back and keep learning. She will learn to like it eventually even though her (and your) backside will be sore for a few weeks or even possibly months. It's well worth it in the long run. But if she doesn't stick it out she'll never move on from not liking the trot and that could sour her on riding completely. Trotting pleasantly isn't a gift, it has to be earned :)

Enough with the sentimental Lifetime movie horsemanship from me for now, but one last thing-- even if your coach doesn't want you to buy boots just yet, please don't go and ride in sneakers! Go to Wal-Mart or somewhere and get a cheap rubber pair of rain boots with a 1/2 to one-inch heel for $20 and wear those. Any shoes with a tongue, laces, no heel and a low ankle (like most every-day-wear shoes out there) are extremely dangerous to ride in if you don't know what you're doing, and even if you do. If you come off the horse your foot is much more likely to get caught in the stirrup and you could be dragged.

State Line Tack also has cheap rubber English-style field boots on sale for about $20-$30 right now so you would even look the part with those :)
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post #7 of 17 Old 06-03-2009, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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well I do wear high top shoes. not low tops.

I think next time I go I will ask him about the cowboy boots I have (even if he may not like them) I agree. I think they will be safer than sneakers.

Thanks for the lifetime movie (I happen to like lifetime) LOL
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post #8 of 17 Old 06-03-2009, 04:30 PM
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ohhhh sounds like you had fun! Welcome to the world of riding! I would second the statment that riding in sneakers isn't good for you. I would invest in a pair of Ariat paddock boots, they will last you forever! Mine have been going strong for a good 5 years! And I really like Troxel helmets, FYI. Have fun and listen to your coach, he knows best!

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post #9 of 17 Old 06-03-2009, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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I am going to guess that zip boots are better than lace?
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post #10 of 17 Old 06-03-2009, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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is it easier to remember that your weight should be in your heels with boots on ?

I was thinking about doing ummm pushing up with the heels of my feet with boots on. is that possible?

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