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        06-12-2009, 02:28 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    I had SUCH a hard time learning to post (you know, that up down, up down thing) I would bounce all over the place, get cramps in my side, out of breath, etc...then slowly I started to get it. It just takes time, my guess is because you are so athletic you thought it would be no big deal to learn riding, but with any other sport, you use different muscles. I was a runner in school, in cross country and competed in running races over distances...pretty good too if I do say so myself. But when it came to riding I was so 'out of shape'. With english riding you use those inner thigh muscles you don't really use in any other activity. Try doing some exercises to work those muscles out, that will help you.
         
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        06-12-2009, 03:37 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Hey! Don't be so hard on yourself. Posting is not easy and getting it is hard. I found when I first started that I was trying too hard. I wasn't called Sarah Sit Two as a nickname for nothing. The trainer was always yelling at me to sit two because I was on the wrong diagonal. One thing I found that did help me was to let the horse trot for a couple of steps before you start posting. You sort of feel like you are being lifted out of the saddle then and that is when you post. When you do that you get the feel of the horse. Also, if you learn to ride english first it makes you are better western rider. You are better balanced in the saddle.

    Keep going, one day you will look back and wonder why you found it so hard.
         
        06-12-2009, 03:57 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Oh and the lunge line. Don't worry it is not used on you! LOL It is just the rope that is used to exercise the horse in a circle.
         
        06-12-2009, 04:51 PM
      #14
    Started
    Lunge lines are awesome! If you can get a lesson with the horse on a lunge line, go for it! It gives you the freedom to focus on your form and balance while riding without having to worry about controlling the horse at all. It's a great way to build up your skills before having to add in all the confusion from the horse's reactions to you requests. It also keeps you from learning bad habits with the reins or being hard on the horses mouth.

    I have a lesson with a friend's trainer, who's really good, in eight days and am hoping that it'll be on a lunge line. Don't give up! It takes a lot of time to put everything together and actually feel like you're 'riding' rather than 'trying not to fall off.'
         
        06-12-2009, 05:20 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Thanks to all who have posted. It really helps me when several people tell you it takes a while and it is not that easy but it will come to me.

    To: leankathleen: Sorry, I meant no offense about the 19 yr. Old comment. You seem so knowledgeable, that I figured you were older. Now I feel better about my 19 year old instructor. I will try some of your pointers.

    To: prodomus: Thanks for the pictures and reference to the 65 year old gentleman. I can almost identify with that..lol

    To: Sharpie: They never offered me the lunge line lesson. Thanks. I will ask about it.
         
        06-12-2009, 05:26 PM
      #16
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    Originally Posted by JImmyG    
    To: leankathleen: Sorry, I meant no offense about the 19 yr. Old comment. You seem so knowledgeable, that I figured you were older. Now I feel better about my 19 year old instructor. I will try some of your pointers.
    I was certainly not offended. :] I was just sharing that age does not always equal experience in the horse world. So many people start at different times in their lives. :]
         
        06-12-2009, 09:55 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Good to hear that your pursing something you love to do. Your very lucky to have so many riding schools in your area, don't just stick to one. Go around to different schools and take lessons with different trainers and see which on you like best. The location under your user name says your from Lafayette and I know Willow Oaks Equestrian Center is around there, and I've heard some good things about their trainers so that's always an option. But don't become frustrated for with yourself it takes lots of time and patience to become a good rider. And remember there's always more to loving horses than just riding.
         
        06-12-2009, 10:32 PM
      #18
    Green Broke
    Ive only been riding for about.. oh 3 years, and its been English and I have competed and its HARD!! Just practice heels down and sorta keeping up in the saddle <it hurts a lot less>. Also be very alert and WATCH where your going. I totally agree with lung lining in a lesson, I do that with friends who come to my farm to ride :)
    Good luck !
         
        06-12-2009, 11:26 PM
      #19
    Foal
    Hang in there! I teach riding lessons to adults and the first few lessons are the hardest for them. You are just getting legged-up! You can't quit now! English riding gives you great basics. As far as the up-down-up-down thing - do you remember when you learned how to ride a bike? It took a while, right? Well, posting is like riding a bike. Once you get it, you never lose it. But, it takes your body and mind to get it. Give yourself time!
         
        06-13-2009, 05:39 AM
      #20
    Foal
    We have a few male riders in our pony club and MY GOD does it take time!! Not only for males, but females too. Men have to worry about... er,, not sitting on themselves.... whereas women have to worry about bouncy,, wobbly bits (REALLY attractive XD). It took me seven years and 4 butt head horses to finally prove I had potential, and now im state level competitor (11th in the state at last competition). So hang in there, it'll all take time but it will be really really worth it in the end!! And just think, by the time you've mastered it you'll be tank as ;-P and you don't always have to go out and compete and be prim and perfect, its just not everybody's thing. Just have fun and judge against yourslef, not others. Because judging against others wont make you any better of a rider!!

    Good luck,, keep us updated on pregress!!
         

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