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post #1 of 30 Old 11-04-2008, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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My First Lessons - How am I doing? (Photo Intensive)

I've never ridden English before, and the only times I've ridden before now were two trail rides, one at Lake Tahoe, NV and another at Estes Park, CO. (The one in Estes Park was 2 hours and my horse was very sweet!)

I've been trying for riding lessons close to all my life (I am now 16, you can imagine how happy I am to now be riding) And I consider myself very lucky! (even if I don't become a good rider.) Because my lessons are affordable ($20, plus she is letting me work some of them off.), and I'm riding at a ranch full of Friesians. My lesson horse is also a friendly Friesian gelding who although he's very young, he's very good.
That said, I would like to correct my problems before I make a habit of them (I know I can't expect to do well on my first two lessons) But, Ludsen (the horse I ride) is also a show horse, and I don't want to ruin him.


Here are some photos of us riding, if you would like more I will certainly take more this Friday.
















I've noticed some things I'm messing up on all ready
+ I hold my thumbs UNDER the reins instead of over
+ I hold my hands at the wrong angle
+ I lean foreword
+ I look down a lot
+ I get REALLY tense ):
+ Ugh, I have so many problems, I'm sure you guys can easily spot them and help me with them.

I usually correct these things right away when I notice them myself, but what's a good mindset to have to prevent these things?

I'm also not very agressive. What can I do to toughen up?

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post #2 of 30 Old 11-04-2008, 08:30 PM
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you look down alot. I love Friesians I wish I could ride one!!!!!!1 you are sooo lucky!!

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you look down alot. I love Friesians I wish I could ride one!!!!!!1 you are sooo lucky!!
Thanks! Yeah, I really do think I'm very lucky to be working with Ludsen (The horse) They're a very beautiful and all of the Friesians that I've met so far are very friendly.
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Just practice!
The more riding you do the better your position and confidence will be.
One thing I did before I started taking lessons was read.
I read every riding/lesson type book I could fine, and by the time I started taking lessons I already knew just about everything my trainer was talking about, so the only thing to do was to try it out and be corrected if wrong.
There's always more to learn about riding and horses in general.
I wouldn't worry about being 'toughed up' just yet, the more time and practice you have under saddle and even just being around horses the more confidence you'll have so you'll start to toughen up without realizing it.
Don't be so hard on yourself it's only your first lesson!
One thing I have to say about looking down..
Just remember that when you look up you also shift your weight back which gives you a better seat which will help with tons of other things.
Look up between your horse's ears, shoulders back, elbows bent and to your sides, heels down. There's tons of stuff to remember, but you'll get the hang of it and start doing it without even realizing it.
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post #5 of 30 Old 11-04-2008, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Just practice!
The more riding you do the better your position and confidence will be.
One thing I did before I started taking lessons was read.
I read every riding/lesson type book I could fine, and by the time I started taking lessons I already knew just about everything my trainer was talking about, so the only thing to do was to try it out and be corrected if wrong.
There's always more to learn about riding and horses in general.
I wouldn't worry about being 'toughed up' just yet, the more time and practice you have under saddle and even just being around horses the more confidence you'll have so you'll start to toughen up without realizing it.
Don't be so hard on yourself it's only your first lesson!
One thing I have to say about looking down..
Just remember that when you look up you also shift your weight back which gives you a better seat which will help with tons of other things.
Look up between your horse's ears, shoulders back, elbows bent and to your sides, heels down. There's tons of stuff to remember, but you'll get the hang of it and start doing it without even realizing it.

All right, Thanks!

I've been reading online and picking up magazines every once in a while.

Are there any specific books you recommend?
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I would recommend watching other people ride - I'm always able to learn more that way

Congrats! Looks like you are having a fabulous time! (And what a great looking horse to learn on!)

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All right, Thanks!

I've been reading online and picking up magazines every once in a while.

Are there any specific books you recommend?
I'm sorry, but I don't have anything specific I could tell you since most of my books were given/or borrowed and have never been returned. >.> But I will say that I read tons of books at my local library. I also would go (and still do) to Barnes and Noble or any bookstore and buy as many books as I could. One book, 101 Arena Exercises by Cherry Hill, has tons of stuff to you could do. My most favorite magazines to read are from Horse&Rider.



They have tons of stuff from training/exercise techniques to confirmation and jumping critiques.
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post #8 of 30 Old 11-05-2008, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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whitetrashwarmblood - I'll keep trying to find a good one, and I'll try to find the magazine if I can too.

Kickshaw - Do you think it would be okay to ask my trainer if I can see her ride?

I really am having a great time, I don't think I've ever been so happy in my life. Ludsen really is a cool guy, there are some others there too that look like they're right out of a magazine or calendar, but I don't think they'd have the patience to put up with me riding them like Luds does.

Thanks so much everyone! I'm so glad people are willing to help me out <3

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Heya, first off, congrats for starting riding! I'm sure you're going to enjoy the time that you have around horses, and it sounds like you've found yourself a nice horse to bond with and have lessons on! Well done!

I think you need to not be so hard on yourself! Good on ya for wanting to ride correctly from an early stage... but don't forget to enjoy it and have fun too. Sure, gaining bad habits sucks, and are easier to fix if you nip them in the bud before they become a problem. But I think you're basic riding form is quite good, especially for someone who is new to riding! It's easy to fix your hands and the looking down thing... they're easy 'flaws' to have.

My main point is to really not worry as much. You look really great up on Ludson, and it looks like you have the proper instruction to become an awesome rider!
Good luck!
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post #10 of 30 Old 11-05-2008, 09:07 AM
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Yea I have to agree with ohmyitschelle. Don't be so hard on yourself, you are doing great Just keep riding and little things like thumbs not on top of the reins and looking down will easily be corrected. The head looking down and being tense is most probably from the excitement and possible nerves, which will clear pretty soon . Good luck your doing great . Oh and beautiful horse
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