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post #1 of 6 Old 05-05-2009, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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First Lesson in Two Years

Just a back-story:
I started taking lessons at my local riding stable when I was ten. At the age of eleven I was bucked off my lesson pony and flew into the fence breaking my radius on both arms. I was hesitant to get back on a horse but continued with my lessons on a different horse once I healed.
During the summer when I was twelve my parents signed me up for horse camp during a week in August to get me used of horses again. On the last day of camp, the horse I was on spooked on a trail and bolted down a steep hill. I loss hold of the reins and was unable to stop him. I fell off but my left foot was still caught in the stirrup. After being dragged for what felt like a very long time I managed to get my foot free. My teeth went through my lower lip, which needed stitches and I tore my ACL on my left leg.
It took me two years to build up the confidence to ride a horse again but yesterday I took my first lesson in a long time. I was riding a 22 year old gelding named Spanky. We basically walked and trotted around the arena to gain some of my confidence back and I even cantered a bit.
Here are some pictures of the day, my Dad had my camera and had no clue how to use it so the photos came out slightly fuzzy. If you would like you can give me constructive criticism and I will try out your tips at my next lesson.

Walking and trotting the pattern Cloverleaf.

Trotting over poles.
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-05-2009, 05:46 PM
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Wow, your a brave kid. You look great for what youve been through!
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post #3 of 6 Old 05-05-2009, 06:29 PM
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I think it's really great that you want to start riding again after what happened to you. You are very brave! It take ms a strong person to get back in the saddle after going through what you went through.

Keep us posted on what happeneds with lessons as you get more confident!!!

We would love to hear how everything works out for you !!
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post #4 of 6 Old 05-06-2009, 04:30 PM
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First I wan't to congratulate you from not letting your fear overcome horses, it is great that your riding again! I think you look nice! All I can say is look up more and your position is great!
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You are very brave! I think you look great. The only things I would say are look up between your horse's ears, and your foot might be a -bit- too far inthe stirrup. Otherwise you look great! Everything will come with time.

Kudos for getting back in the saddle after what you went through!
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post #6 of 6 Old 05-29-2009, 09:08 PM
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wow, I am nervous because a horse bolted with me but I never got hurt. I can't believe you went through all of that and you can still get on a horse and smile bravely. -shakes head- Your an inspiration to everyone :)

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