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    07-27-2013, 03:24 PM
Question Back in the saddle - No riding after 2 years - help?!

Hi all,

So I used to ride every day all day for years & years. So after 2 years and a baby (im 20), I finally had my first lesson today with a freelance instructor!

I was a competent rider, loved a challenge and loved horses with a bit of spice!

So my first ride was....ok. I guess it totally depends on the horse & I rode a 13year old beautiful haffy. My footing positions were off a few times during the ride & my technical brain forgot a lot too (i..e inside leg positions/circle positions etc) but I LOVED IT.

Has anyone else experienced this? How long did it take to get 'back there'!?

I really can't wait to be able to ride like I used too and its sad that I can't right now :(
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    07-27-2013, 03:56 PM
Welcome to the Forum!

Glad to hear you're back in the saddle.

As far as how long it takes, it really depends on the person and what you're trying to do. Lessons is always a good move- especially if you've forgotten a few things.

Just take your time and enjoy!
    07-27-2013, 05:34 PM
Took 20 years off between age 8 and 28. It took me a good month of weekly lessons before I didn't feel like a complete sack of potatoes. It'll come back. You'll be asking to ride the spicier ones soon enough. Welcome back to horses!
    07-27-2013, 06:08 PM
Welcome Blonde rider and congratulations with your baby
And getting back to your riding
    07-27-2013, 09:24 PM
I'm coming back after 18 years off!! :) I think it's the best thing ever. It's taking me awhile, but after eight lessons, I'm already jumping. My trainer is saying I'm not the beginning rider he expected me to be...

However, we were doing this tight little course (he does more jumper than hunter--which is not what I'm used to) just over a cavaletti and some poles... But the thing is, it's like mr toads wild ride out there. Remembering to use my legs and seat more is hard when I'm focusing on lead changes, looking up, moving the horse forward, etc...

It takes a little while, but honestly, what was good is coming back well, and so are my bad habits (looking down when picking up the canter to make sure I'm on the right lead...) I can hear my old trainers voice in my head yelling at me...

I lost my stirrups a lot because I'm squeezing with my leg and basically riding stirrup-less... But now, I'm getting my heels down, more use of my calf, extension of my leg, and the squeeze. It's just a matter of rebuilding the muscle.

Don't worry,;) it's all there. Have lots of fun!!!

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