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    06-09-2012, 09:44 PM
Getting back into the saddle after 8 years

I am just now getting back into riding after 8 years and feel like I am not doing it just right ! I have two TN Walkers that I have had for like a month maybe but have not rode them yet cause they haven't been ridden in a while and I am waiting on someone with more experience come and check out my babies , but I have started riding with a friend and have been loving it ! I think some of my problem is I can't get my footing right and comfortable and whenever we canter I can feel myself bounce up and down off the seat and feel like I could fall off ! (Thats why I LOVE riding western , I have the "Oh ___" handle as I call it lol ) My son took this video and it's not very good quality because he couldn't hold his hand still, he needs some practice! So if you could please tell me what ya think from what you may be able to see and I will try and get more videos later !
Oh I am on the white horse by the way !!...16205638462548
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    06-09-2012, 09:57 PM
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You're doing ok for one out of the saddle 8 years. It takes time for it to feel natural again. Just let your legs hand down a bit more and don't press the stirrups out in front of you.
    06-09-2012, 10:02 PM
Thanks! I just dont' remember feeling like I was going to fall off when really getting him to go ! I find myself holding him back because I am like oh god I am going to fly off this thing !
    06-09-2012, 10:10 PM
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Well, eight years of growing up and stiffening will make a rider feel different. In time, you'll be more able to be comfortable with his motion. And , every horse is different. Some have more challenging canters than others.
    06-09-2012, 10:14 PM
I am excited to ride my walkers ! I have never rode one before and everyone keeps on telling me that it will be so much more different ! I love my friends horse though , he really is a good ride and as much as he wants to bolt as fast as he can , he lets me hold him back ! ( He does really good for a 26 yr old ) I am just mainly worried about what to when I get in a situation where the horse spooks or is not wanting to listen to me !
    06-09-2012, 10:17 PM
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Well, you can maybe take some lessons. But, you know, a lot of that you just learn by doing it. And falling off, and making mistakes and . . . . You know.

I would love to see some photos of your walkers.
    06-09-2012, 10:23 PM
I know about mistakes ! I was thown from a black stallion when I was like 11 and got the scars to prove it lol ! I just freak out when that happens (at least when I was younger ) and I am not sure if lessons would help with that or not , but like you were saying some of it you learn by trial and error. I have been trying to bond with my boys so when its time to ride they will trust me .
    06-09-2012, 11:20 PM
You just need to relax :)

I see a good form there, and it'll take some time to get where you used to be.

The video was very hard to watch :/ so going off of pictures only.

Your legs are very far forwards and in some it looks like you're leaning or tilting back and not using your body for balance but more like your hands.

In time that will lessen and you'll be able to really work off of your body alone in good balance.

Just keep it up :)

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