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post #11 of 14 Old 04-13-2011, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by phoenix View Post
I was so inspired by all the event riders on this forum that i made the decision that i want to be able to do that! So tonight i took my first "jumping" lesson at an evening barn. Okay, so i only did trot poles but that's more than i'v ever done with reguards to furthering my potential jumping education so i think it's progress.

Plus, i got to have an actual lesson for the first time in 2 years and got to ride a horse other than my boy, who i love dearly but sometimes it's nice to ride a horse that knows what it's doing.

I'll be taking 1 lesson a month and the owner/instructor said it would be pretty repetitive and i'd almost be repeating the same lesson every month but i'm determined to practice what i did tonight with my horse and go back ready to improve next time.

The girl teaching my lesson even said that her horse wasn't used to someone getting on and knowing what they were doing which i'm sure was some kind of subtle compliment. Nice of her to say but i'm sure my bad habits came across more than anything.

I do have a question and i know i should probably put it to the general riding forum but i'm already posting so i'll just ask here.

In posting trot, which diagonal should i rise on? i have learnt this before but for the life of me i couldn't get it right tonight, it's like my brain and body weren't working together on that issue.
WELCOME TO THE DARK SIDE! Congratulations on getting back into the game, I think it is wonderful! Who cares if you did trot poles, they are very benefitial for any rider, of any level.

I look forward to hearing more from ya, and seeing more! Being on a mount who is a "been there done that" fellow, is wonderful for your confidence building, your self esteem, your education where you can just focus on you, and even to give you a breath of fresh air. My Bestie who competes Prelim just bought herself a "been there done that" mount, because she needed a break from those OTTB's, where she has to be "ready" at all times - she says it is nice to just get on, and relax, take a deep breath and just have fun.

With the diagonal, you should rise when the inside front leg is down, and sit when the outside fron leg is down. Try to not make it mechanical - try to allow yourself to feel the rhythm and the movement of the horse. Allow the horses natural gait help you post at the trot - learn to feel it, instead of seeing it.

All the best to you! Congratulations again!

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post #12 of 14 Old 04-13-2011, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! the trot poles were fun, plus i can do them with my horse to add to his list of beneficial exercises.

It really is, i haven't ridden anyone but phoenix in a few years and it's mostly a fight with him every time i ride, i'm always on the lookout for him acting up an as a result i tend to look down a lot. I got to work on that last night on a horse that was calm and smooth and knew what she was doing.

Now i know which i'm rising on and which i'm sitting on i can practice with my horse and get the feel of it. I had the "feel" when i used to take lessons on a pony but have fallen into bad habits and forgotten what i learned.
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post #13 of 14 Old 04-14-2011, 08:33 AM
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oh phoenix congrats!!! and so nice to hear someone who wants to learn how to jump, willing to take lessons ;) always a good plan imo. best of luck to you and i'm sure you will progress quickly!

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CJ82Sky, Thank you. I'm always willing to learn from people who know more than me about something. Plus i get to ride other horses which is always nice.
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