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    11-29-2009, 09:32 PM
Green Broke
That makes a little sense, lol! I am a youngan!
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    11-30-2009, 11:32 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by StormyBlues    
I just don't get how it helps, because posting is all about rythm and you arn't finding a rythm. It's just confusing me lol!
I have all of my students learn to "post" at the walk before the trot. I call it "posting" but really it's just getting used to standing up when the outside leg goes up, and sitting down when it goes down. So it's not really to a rhythm like at the trot but getting used to the positional changes of standing up and sitting down, keeping your leg in the correct place so you CAN stand up and sit down, etc.

To the OP, congrats on starting lessons!! I think you're completely where you should be! Sounds like your trainer is doing a good job! When I teach a first time lesson we work first on walking/halting, and then steering. Once they get a handle on that we work on posting at the walk and getting up into a half seat. Once they get that we start to do a bit of a trot to get used to the feeling. Then when they are secure in that I put together posting and trotting together. That can take anywhere from a few lessons to a few months depending on the rider. The horses I use for these first lessons are the calmest and smoothest. And laziest. They aren't going anywhere in a hurry and will definitely NOT run off with anyone. When they're ready (legs are stronger and more still) I will put them on a horse that doesn't need kicking to go, but until then they ride horses that sound just like the ones you're on! Have fun and keep us updated!
    11-30-2009, 08:38 PM
It is hard to "post" when he's walking. I just kind of awkwardly go up and down without having any real feel to it. But anyhow. Thank you all! I'll tell you how it goes in two whole weeks from now. (So long! :( )
    11-30-2009, 10:53 PM
Sooo this is going to sound completely wierd but when I first started taking lessons I would run around my living room pretending to be horse. And I truely believe it helped me. I still do it now (when no one is home) and Im 16. I found that if I mimicked what was going to be asked of me. It was easier to do at the next lesson. Also visualizing what you need to do/ want to do can help. Go through all the motions of what you need to do perfectly before you go to bed and there will be improvement. I use this all time during my track season and when riding my horse. Never doubt the power of the mind! Congrates by the way on starting lessons. Remember to enjoy yourself. Worry about the details later they will fall into place.
    12-02-2009, 06:42 PM
Green Broke
^OMG ME TOO! LOL! That and Breyer Horses!!!!!!!
    12-12-2009, 10:32 PM
I'm happy! I had my lesson today and it went super well. I was able to steer him (aka the horse, Brandon) fairly well. She had him and I going to the left instead of the right, and he's much naughtier when going to the left because for some reason he doesn't like to move. It's odd. But... I trotted! And practically fell off haha! He tripped and I went diving forward. But anywho. I was able to trot... and I steered him pretty well, and the trivial things like hands up and together, chin up, look ahead came a bit easier. I still screw up on them but it's coming. I'm going to practice on a chair, I've decided.

Oh, and she had me doing two point. It was... odd. And I mean it was hard. But I guess I looked pretty good? At times? It was kind of problematic because the pants I was wearing were WAY too low cut for me to be sticking my butt out. Yeah. It was really a problem. But I guess that's for jumping? I really want to jump. The idea of cantering scares me because apparently a lot of people fall off when they canter. I kind of want to fall off and get it over with, just to prove to myself I'll be ok. That makes no sense. But yeah. It was really fun! I have trouble keeping my heels down, but overall it came a lot easier and my instructor and mom seemed really impressed! And I trotted and did not fall off!

I'm so glad it went better. I was all afraid I wasn't cut out for this at all but this week it just came so much easier and felt a lot more natural. I mean I still made a lot of mistakes. But it came more naturally nonetheless. Oh, also, apparently I am the most horribly un-flexible person ever. Does anyone know of any exercises I could do to improve my flexibility and overall riding abilities? Merci beaucoup.
    12-12-2009, 11:24 PM
Originally Posted by amyamyamy    
. The idea of cantering scares me because apparently a lot of people fall off when they canter. I kind of want to fall off and get it over with, just to prove to myself I'll be ok. That makes no sense. .
it makes perfect sense!!! My instructor taught me how to fall before I even got on a horse!

Ie. When your coming off head first to land on the back of your shoulder and roll - the 'tuck and roll' method.

Also I think you have it way easy!!!!

In my lessons I had to learn to walk trot canter jump stop bareback sitting forwards and BACKWARDS on the horse before I was even allowed a saddle!!!!

But i'm certainly thankful for it now!

Originally Posted by StormyBlues OMG ME TOO! LOL! That and Breyer Horses!!!!!!!

Me too! They are so handy for learning dressage tests!
    12-12-2009, 11:36 PM
That must've really helped you learn! I'd actually really like to try and ride bareback, but at this point I think I'd be better actually getting comfy on the saddle first.
    12-13-2009, 12:21 AM
The 2-point was probably to help you get your heels down and assist your balance, your instuctor most definitely wouldn't be preparing you for jumping at this early stage!!!!

You will get better and better each lesson, definitely don't think you're not cut out for riding because I think everyone feels like that when they start. People think riding is going to be easy and they'll just be able to do it naturally, but it is certainly not the case.

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