On April 24th, 2013 I had my first ever riding lesson! I've wanted a horse since about 3 to 4 years of age and have wanted to take professional riding lessons for the past 6 years (I'm just about to turn 20 years old). Finally, one of my dreams has finally came true. ^-^ I'm taking Hunter/Jumper lessons at a pretty top notch facility and I absolutely love it.
I will be posting quite a few photos, but please note:
1.) This was my first
ever lesson, so this was the first time I was getting any kind of coaching.
2.) This was my third
time ever riding English style (I've ridden trails in Western for fun).
3.) I know my faults and I'm aware I have a LOT to learn at this point.
If you would like to give constructive criticism
, feel free, but keep the above points in mind. I'm not going to look amazing overnight and I'm confident my instructor will do a phenomenal job teaching me.
The things I know
I need to work on:
1.) Keeping my leg farther back
2.) Keeping those pesky hands up
3.) Not posting so vertically (if anyone has advice for this, please share...I'm not sure why I was so, er, vertical).
Without further-ado, the pictures: 1.jpg 2.jpg 4.jpg 6.jpg 7.jpg 11.jpg 13.jpg 14.jpg 15.jpg 17.jpg
I did get to post trot off the lunge line, but one of the boarders were introducing themselves to my mother distracting her from her camera duties--so I didn't get photos from that portion of the lesson. My instructor said when I was off the lunge line, I wasn't posting so high up and my leg did improve a bit (but of course, I don't know how much XD). She also noted that it shouldn't be too terribly long before I'm able to begin cantering and eventually jumping.
So along with my "problems" I did have my couple strengths which my instructor said were:
1.) Being in control of the horse
2.) Using my eyes to visualize where I want to go and to "steer" the horse in that direction.
Anywhoo...that was my big day that I had been waiting to happen for years now! It was a big jump for me as I'm normally a bit intimidated by being in front of people, but found that once I really start focusing, the people around me "vanish", more or less. My next private lesson in scheduled for this upcoming Thursday and I'm already counting down the hours. ^-^
Thank you for looking!(: