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post #1 of 21 Old 06-25-2009, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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Talking NEVER HAD A LESSON IN MY LIFE!! what do you think?

Well, i've been riding for a year now and i got my first horse, a year ago. She is my pride and joy, and i am the sort of person who likes to teach myself things, just to prove i can. what do you think of us?

We've gone from this




to this, in just under one year





What do you think? after all, as i said, i have never had a riding lesson in my life.

I don't have a picture of it, but we're now jumping 90cm. the first picture of a jump was 30cm

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post #2 of 21 Old 06-25-2009, 08:01 PM
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Very good job! I am a self taught jumper as well. It is hard, so cudos! I know the dedication that it takes to try and teach yourself!
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post #3 of 21 Old 06-26-2009, 12:18 AM
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Just curious..why are you against taking lessons? I understand wanting to teach yourself, but it seems that when doing something potentially dangerous such as jumping, it would be more fair to your horse to have someone helping you. There are always things to be learned and even the most experienced riders will tell you that they don't know it all and still benefit from coaching. You look like a good rider and if you had an instructor, you would probably reach your goals much quicker as well as make is safer for both you and your horse. Just a thought...


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post #4 of 21 Old 06-26-2009, 12:31 AM
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It doesn't necessarily sound like she's against taking lessons, it simply sounds like she just hasn't taken any as of yet; maybe because of finances, or lack of decent english type trainers in her area, etc... alot of things can inhibit lessons, not just because a person is 'against' it...

To the OP, I think you've come a long way already; would finding a good trainer help, possibly, but I think you've already got a good foundation built; you can only get better. It seems like you've got a good minded, willing horse to learn on, as well, and that is a great thing to have.

*shrugs shoulders, and grins* I learned how to jump bareback on trails over timbers that were strewn over the trails...we would purposely add more timbers too!

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It seems like since she said she prefers to teach herself, that she has chosen not to use an instructor. That's fine..just thought I'd throw the safety thing out there. My sister broke her hip trying to teach herself so sorry if I feel strongly about that. I just wanted to add that using a more experienced person is safer to both you and your horse when you are learning something new.


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I know I don't have a trainer now because I went through three years of emotional abuse from a trainer. I don't do well this authority either lol. Still good job for improving yourself. As long as you are smart about it and don't do anything you aren't ready for you should be good.
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post #7 of 21 Old 06-26-2009, 03:36 AM
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REALLY good!

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post #8 of 21 Old 06-26-2009, 07:15 AM
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lookign real good there!

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post #9 of 21 Old 06-26-2009, 11:28 AM
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Looking at your now picture, I would say, concentrate on not jumping ahead of your horse. It can turn into a sure fire way to fall off. I can't see your heels because it's too far away but it looks like you could shorten your stirrups one hole.
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post #10 of 21 Old 06-26-2009, 09:32 PM
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I 2 taught myself to jump and got up to 3'! And when I did take a lesson from my instructor for jumping all she could say wow because shes never seen anyone with and pretty good position who taught themselves. So its possible! :) You look really good just try not to jump ahead so much. Let the horse close your hip angle. :) Keep it up!
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