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post #21 of 24 Old 06-13-2009, 03:41 PM
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Stick will it. You'll get it someday! As for switching horses? Remember that not all horses habits are the same. This one might be lazy, this one might take almost no leg to get going, this one might hate pulling, ect. Try to pick up the different behaviors and work with them! Try to post along with the speed of the horse!
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post #22 of 24 Old 06-13-2009, 03:46 PM
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People who think riding horses is just "sitting there" don't know how to ride a horse! In fact, I had a DOCTOR the other day tell me it wasn't a great way to burn calories (I ride/train professionally, which means I spend ALL DAY working my butt off in the saddle). I really really wanted to give her a lesson. It is hard work learning to ride! It takes a lot of time, energy, patience, and determination! But keep to it because it is oh so rewarding!! And one thing to remember is that you cannot ever compare your skills with anyone else no matter how old and young they are. There will always be someone better and worse then you are. ;) And there's never a time when you're finished learning. So ride for your own personal enjoyment and have a good time!
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post #23 of 24 Old 06-13-2009, 08:08 PM
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As a fellow English rider, and male, I will tell you it does take quite a bit of time. I think it took about a month before I could post the trot. A lot of good advice out there on this post, but the most important is to just stick with it and practice, practice, practice. I picked up riding as an adult and it takes a tremendous amount of patience and challenges you both mentally and physically. As others have posted, it depends not only on you but also the horse.

Private lessons and sticking with the same horse to begin with will help. Lunge lessons help tremendously, especially with learning a new gait, like rising trot. You'll have the opportunity to really focus on getting it right without having to worry as much about steering and all of the other headaches.

Have fun!
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post #24 of 24 Old 06-14-2009, 05:06 PM
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I learned to ride at age 8, broke my arm that same year, and then didn't ride again until I was 28. I don't think I was posting well for at least a month. It's definitely harder to keep you arms and legs where they're supposed to be as you age, regardless of you fitness level. I would definitely try to stay on the same horse. I can't post on a dull Quarter Horse to save my life, but a big bouncy Thoroughbred or Arabian is easy stuff. If you can find a horse you feel most comfortable to learn on, that would be the way to go. I feel for you having to ride school horses. I hate dull, lazy horses and you have to light dynamite off to make most of them go. Most are just testing you to see how far you'll push. Once you get past the beginning learning stages, the horses usually are better. The dull ones are the safest ones. Stick with it. You'll have your lightbulb moment soon enough!
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