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post #11 of 15 Old 11-29-2012, 03:00 PM
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Yes, don't worry about those leg muscles. They will come in time. I looked like a darn duck a few months ago.

How about just letting him do the crazy trot? It's not as bad if you just stay loosey goosey! That might help get you over the fear that it isn't a bad thing. It makes you look like you are running from the devil with your legs and elbows flapping around.. But it's fun!
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post #12 of 15 Old 11-29-2012, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, don't worry about those leg muscles. They will come in time. I looked like a darn duck a few months ago.

How about just letting him do the crazy trot? It's not as bad if you just stay loosey goosey! That might help get you over the fear that it isn't a bad thing. It makes you look like you are running from the devil with your legs and elbows flapping around.. But it's fun!
Okay... I'll give it a go. My instructor may yell at me but if it helps me to relax instead of get tense, I'm all for it!

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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post #13 of 15 Old 11-29-2012, 04:09 PM
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I agree with everyone else. I think that once you get over the scary feeling of cantering, and realize how exhilarating and awesome fun it is, everything else will fall in place. You just look like you're thinking about everything too much. I did the same thing for a long time. I wanted to canter, but at the same time, I was SO scared. You have to trust your horse a little more at a canter, but once you learn to relax a little, that scary feeling will go away. Have fun!!!
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post #14 of 15 Old 11-29-2012, 04:15 PM
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Well your instructor yelling at you won't help you relax. Just let her know what you are going to do so she doesn't blow a gasket. Riding should be fun and lots of times silly and floppy. Does your instructor play games with the younger kids? Everyone loves games and it gets you more relaxed and to trust your horse.

Maybe push for a fun Christmas party where you dress up your horses and play games, you know, for the kids!
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Well your instructor yelling at you won't help you relax. Just let her know what you are going to do so she doesn't blow a gasket. Riding should be fun and lots of times silly and floppy. Does your instructor play games with the younger kids? Everyone loves games and it gets you more relaxed and to trust your horse.

Maybe push for a fun Christmas party where you dress up your horses and play games, you know, for the kids!

Yeah I'll ask her if she'd have a relaxing cantering game day or something. I trust the horse just I'm really tough on myself when it comes to riding. I want to get it "right" which is why I get stiff, leany, etc.

Thanks everyone for all of this advice :) I will be prepared for my riding lesson tomorrow!

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