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        10-13-2012, 01:29 PM
      #11
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by uflrh9y    
    Yep, I agree. I don't know much about jumping, but I am surprised that they teach people to jump so soon as well. I would have thought that jumping would only happen after a rider had their form, balance, collection, and everything on the flat down pat at W/T/C/HG.

    She is very brave and I think she looks like a lot more confident and secure in Oct.
    Thanks you. I also thought that she'd be riding for at least a year before cantering, and them some more time before jumping, and was surprised when she started jumping so early. I've seen the same progression in the barn that we left--the group that she was in is already jumping as well. Crazy world!

    I wish I could pick an ideal trainer for her (slow, steady, very particular, not a yeller, focused on the basics, but also someone who'd gently but firmly push her forward), but so far it seems that the one that we have is the best we can find. But since no one agrees with the way her trainer is doing things, and I don't have good personal experience / knowledge, I keep double guessing. I just wish I knew more and could have a solid opinion of my own, but my learning about riding is progressing slower than my daughter's ridig!
         
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        10-13-2012, 01:40 PM
      #12
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by horselessmom    
    Thanks you. I also thought that she'd be riding for at least a year before cantering, and them some more time before jumping, and was surprised when she started jumping so early. I've seen the same progression in the barn that we left--the group that she was in is already jumping as well. Crazy world!

    I wish I could pick an ideal trainer for her (slow, steady, very particular, not a yeller, focused on the basics, but also someone who'd gently but firmly push her forward), but so far it seems that the one that we have is the best we can find. But since no one agrees with the way her trainer is doing things, and I don't have good personal experience / knowledge, I keep double guessing. I just wish I knew more and could have a solid opinion of my own, but my learning about riding is progressing slower than my daughter's ridig!
    Hahaha, well I think if her goal is to learn how to ride and to have fun, she seems like she is doing well. Sometimes we don't have as many options as other's and I think the majority of us learn how to ride and if we progress and want to get even better then you can decide then to put more money and time into finding a different place. Though we don't jump, it seemed to me that there were not any glaring mistakes the trainer was making, so I wouldn't worry so much. I do think learning to half seat or 2 point from the get go makes no sense. Maybe it's a jumping thing? But I would think it would be better for the rider to learn how to sit the canter and control collection and stride and gain balance before moving onto 2 point and jumping. It just looked really weird for her cantering around standing in the stirrups the whole time. I think the trainer is mostly focused on her jumping and is just trying to get her to that goal and skipping the work on the flat.

    But I do see improvement and I think she looks comfortable. Nothing that she couldn't fix if she moves on to higher levels and wants to go further.

    By the way, she is super cute and looks like she is having fun. And as a fellow mom with a daughter who rides, isn;t that what's important? She has plenty of time for the competitive stuff. :)
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        10-13-2012, 02:38 PM
      #13
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by uflrh9y    
    Hahaha, well I think if her goal is to learn how to ride and to have fun, she seems like she is doing well. Sometimes we don't have as many options as other's and I think the majority of us learn how to ride and if we progress and want to get even better then you can decide then to put more money and time into finding a different place. Though we don't jump, it seemed to me that there were not any glaring mistakes the trainer was making, so I wouldn't worry so much. I do think learning to half seat or 2 point from the get go makes no sense. Maybe it's a jumping thing? But I would think it would be better for the rider to learn how to sit the canter and control collection and stride and gain balance before moving onto 2 point and jumping. It just looked really weird for her cantering around standing in the stirrups the whole time. I think the trainer is mostly focused on her jumping and is just trying to get her to that goal and skipping the work on the flat.

    But I do see improvement and I think she looks comfortable. Nothing that she couldn't fix if she moves on to higher levels and wants to go further.

    By the way, she is super cute and looks like she is having fun. And as a fellow mom with a daughter who rides, isn;t that what's important? She has plenty of time for the competitive stuff. :)
    Thanks! She's certainly having fun! I thought the half seat was to strengthen her legs? I'm not sure. Found a video of her from almost a year ago, when she was just starting:

    Even I can see that she's gone a long way in a year!
         
        10-13-2012, 03:40 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    Everyone posts off their hands when they first start. It's your body's reaction to trying to stay balanced. So essentially the rider balances by holding onto the horses mouth. It's really not a huge deal because most folks learn how to post appropriately with time.

    My opinion about half seat is this: It isn't appropriate for someone whom isn't clear on how to ride half seat, or why they are riding half seat. Being perched in the irons and not riding half seat properly, can cause the rider to fall forward and can cause the horse to be heavy on the forehand if the rider isn't balanced. She's so little that I wouldn't be too worried about this... but like I said, were she my student, she'd be sitting in the saddle!
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        10-13-2012, 09:06 PM
      #15
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Oxer    
    everyone posts off their hands when they first start. It's your body's reaction to trying to stay balanced. So essentially the rider balances by holding onto the horses mouth. It's really not a huge deal because most folks learn how to post appropriately with time.

    My opinion about half seat is this: It isn't appropriate for someone whom isn't clear on how to ride half seat, or why they are riding half seat. Being perched in the irons and not riding half seat properly, can cause the rider to fall forward and can cause the horse to be heavy on the forehand if the rider isn't balanced. She's so little that I wouldn't be too worried about this... but like I said, were she my student, she'd be sitting in the saddle!
    Thank you for the explanation! I really appreciate you taking the time to respond . I hope her trainer will move her towards seated canter soon. I think they are moving towards it--she is told to canter seated each lesson, and she's cantering without stirrups every third lesson or so. Most of the lesson is in half-seat, which she calls 2-point, though...
         

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