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post #11 of 14 Old 04-27-2009, 05:39 AM
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Originally Posted by SaddleUp158 View Post
First of all I want to say good job on keeping your head even though you may have wanted to freak out. That is the first thing to learn! lol

I would ask for a few lunge-line lessons. These will help you figure out where your body needs to be and will do a lot for helping your balance. A lot of lunge line lessons are no stirrup lessons, but I would start off with your stirrups and once you are comfortable there, progress to no stirrup work. The nice thing about lunge-line lessons is that you can concentrate on yourself and not about controlling the horse. Good luck, and don't give up! You will get it!
Yea I agree with you on this:)

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post #12 of 14 Old 04-27-2009, 05:41 AM
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Sorry about the double post:)

Originally Posted by azarni View Post
Yeah, I guess even the best schooling horses can be fresh sometimes :)
But still, my riding instructor either does a quick lunge to get the beans out a few minutes before the lesson, or asks a more experienced student to hop on and ride for a while beforehand.

Like on Thursday, one of the lesson horses hadn't been ridden for several days and was spooking at the tractor. So my riding instructor rode him and taught me at the same time, and by the time the next lesson was around he was calm and ready for the beginners.
Yea my instructor asks me to get on a horse Benson to quite him down alot.

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post #13 of 14 Old 04-28-2009, 06:30 PM
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Like SaddeUp said, I commend you for keepign a level head and working the problem out instead of freaking out. There are people who have been riding for 20+ years who still just panic when their horse does something unexpected.

I agree than lunge lessons would help you find your seat. You obviously have good balance, or else you wouldn't have stayed on. As far as posting, try picturing bringing your hips forward with each stride to where they end up directly under your shoulders. It might help keep your upper body back if you start thinking of posting as more of a following hip movement than an up & down thing. Beginning horseback riding is a lot like math. It's incredibly confusing the first few lessons, but then it suddenly clicks. Stay with it. You can do it!
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Thanks everyone.
I'm the type of person, who in an emergancy, doesn't scream or try and run away, I just figure out what I should do to get out of the problem.
I had a bad experience with lunging a few weeks back when we were doing bareback lunging. I get really nervous for no reason in the lunging reason. Last time I burst into tears. (probaly because I was on a new pony that I hadn't been on before)
I really love Sonnett. He is a great horse. He just got a little excited and was rushing to finish the lesson. And to make it worse I was giving him the wrong Aids and he thought I wanted him to canter...

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