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    08-14-2013, 06:25 PM
  #1
Foal
Trotting over pole

I am still trying out different trainers to see which one fits my need. And this barn is the cleanest and impressive.

The trainer asked about my riding history (basically just rode a year over 10 years ago, just got back for about a month)

She put me on this 16.2 thoroughbred, and I freaked a little, this is due to my ignorance. The other barn out me on these 13 or 14H Ponies, and this guy seems like a giant to me. But honestly, he rides so much better than the smaller pony. I'm 5'5...

She had me walk, then trot. After commenting on my balance (good) but need to work on strengthening my lower legs. She had me go over these poles.

I don't remember how to do this!!! Well, she had me do posting trot over them, and my lack of secure seat shows here, sometimes I handle it fine, but if my legs are not secure, I felt like its a bump and its not nice. I can't see but I felt like the horse feet dragged a little over the pole when I don't keep a nice position as well.

I also felt like its a little beyond beginner class, coz I have to trot thru one pole in the middle of the arena, make a sharp turn and go thru another one. I did fine, but I find it odd that she made me do it on my first lesson (not my first lesson in 10 years, but first lesson with her), or maybe I'm ignorance again.

Then she had me trot over them in two point, this is so much easier for me, I just have to work on the release a little bit.

Do you all have any tips on what I should be thinking about when going over the poles? I'm not jumping, I don't know what the purpose of this is, but I want to do well.
     
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    08-14-2013, 06:41 PM
  #2
Yearling
I don't jump either, but I dabble in two point. I find when I have trouble finding a nice, secure position, I do a two point. From the two point, I relax my legs (especially the knees) and Slowly sink into the saddle. The goal is not to let the legs move at all, or else they will be out of position again. From sitting post-two-point, I find I am in proper position.

Two point really helps strengthen the legs, and I like it a lot.

When I first started, my instructor laid cones out for me to weave through to get used to guiding my horse. She may be seeing what your level of riding is, and if you feel uncomfortable, say something.
     
    08-14-2013, 06:54 PM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by Deschutes    
I don't jump either, but I dabble in two point. I find when I have trouble finding a nice, secure position, I do a two point. From the two point, I relax my legs (especially the knees) and Slowly sink into the saddle. The goal is not to let the legs move at all, or else they will be out of position again. From sitting post-two-point, I find I am in proper position.

Two point really helps strengthen the legs, and I like it a lot.

When I first started, my instructor laid cones out for me to weave through to get used to guiding my horse. She may be seeing what your level of riding is, and if you feel uncomfortable, say something.
Yes, I work on that a lot (2 point then holding the legs in that weight down on heel position), I'm much better than when I first got back on the horse)!

I wasn't uncomfortable, but I don't want this barn to be one of those rush thru beginner type of barn.
Contrast to that dreadful dressage barn where I am on a lunge line for 10 -15 minutes only, this is heaven, but I want to be careful and selective.
     
    08-14-2013, 07:46 PM
  #4
Trained
The pole gets your mind tuned into going over a fixed object in the safest manner possible. Your do nothing with your body other than your arms. Most horses stretch out their necks as they go over the pole, so you need to relax your elbows and let your hands come forward to let the horse stretch. I don't know if you are posting over the pole or in 2 point. If it's the first one, the pole helps you post correctly since you have to do it right to be able to trot the pole in balance. If you do it in 2 point, the goal is to make sure you can hold your position over the pole. Think of bear hugging the horse with your legs over the pole.

I kind of like that this instructor is already giving you actual tasks to perform. It brings so much more learning to the lesson if you're doing something other that W/T/C every lesson. If she does seem to move you along too quickly for your comfort level, feel free to speak up and let her know you need to slow things down.

TB's are great by the way. I'm sure you will quickly come to love him.
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    08-14-2013, 08:07 PM
  #5
Foal
I practiced both today. Going over two point was much easier. Like I said earlier, I think my position is not exactly solid so sometimes when trotting over the pole, it wasn't the prettiest. But some of them I did manage pretty well!

I love her approach too! She's a bit more technical than the other trainers, really had me worry about bending the horse at corners, and how he has a tendency to have his inside shoulders fall in at a certain direction and guide me through how to fix that. I would love to train with her but she is expensive at $100/hr , I have a groupon so it's half off now.
     
    08-14-2013, 08:52 PM
  #6
Trained
$100/hr?? Holy cow that's a lot. Even in my overpriced area that a lot. For that price, she'll probably throwing a lot of challenges at you. Learn all you can with her.
     
    08-14-2013, 09:01 PM
  #7
Foal
Unfortunately, I'm in portola valley and pretty much that's the norm. With the grouping, I am doing $49, but I only have one more lesson at this price :/

Te other barn that's the cheapest is $70/hr. My first group lesson I was w/t/c with the whole group... I'm sure that's not a complete beginner class, but oddly enough, I had the most fun.
     
    08-14-2013, 09:22 PM
  #8
Weanling
An instructor that challenges you but doesn't take you way out of your comfort zone is gold! Stick with this one as long as you can I say. Sounds like a few lessons with her are about equal to a dozen at your 'average' lesson barn.
     
    08-15-2013, 02:36 AM
  #9
Foal
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Originally Posted by EdmontonHorseGal    
an instructor that challenges you but doesn't take you way out of your comfort zone is gold! Stick with this one as long as you can I say. Sounds like a few lessons with her are about equal to a dozen at your 'average' lesson barn.
Yeah, it totally beats going around in circle walk trot canter, rinse and repeat. :)
     

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