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    11-16-2009, 09:45 PM
Green Broke
Unhappy First Lesson

So today I had my first official lesson. Back when I was younger my parents wouldn't pay for riding lessons, instead they put me in dance. They didn't want to fuel the passion I had for horses because to them it was a waste @@.

When I started riding at a friend's house she would tell me how her instructor told her how to ride. I would sit and watch some of the lessons, too.

The instructor told her to grip with her knees and thighs. In the lesson I had today I was told to relax in the saddle. Now I feel all dumb because for nearly 10 years I have been riding wrong.

It really sucks to just now start taking lessons because I could already be past all this new stuff and ready to learn the harder things. It also sucks because all the horses that I've had and got them to ride the way I wanted, I taught wrong.

The good news is that it was a good lesson, I learned a lot and she said I'm catching on quickly. I want to be ready to show in the spring time....

Has anyone else been taught one way of riding only to be told it was the wrong way?
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    11-16-2009, 10:18 PM
ABSOLUTELY! I have been told so many times to correct something that previously worked, I began to believe I was just terrible!
What happened to me was, I took English lessons in the mid 80's for about two years (hunter/jumper, etc)..then after the three year mark. I had to stop riding. Work, family, etc...
Forward now to the mid 90's...Started again, and I would often go back to a trusted trainer (others told me of..), and they would proceed to undo some of what I was sure was correct.Again.
Onto the 2000s now..a few go's at riding again, new horse, new trainer, new correction! (keep in mind that some of my bad habits DID need to be addressed but, others seemed nit-pickey at best)..I managed to stay with these trainers for a good while, and I did absorb various "variations-on-a-theme" methods of doing the same thing, and a good deal of this information became useful in certain new situations but, it was an annoying thing to go though, over and over..
Hold on, were not done..
NOW, I own a Tennessee Walking Horse, and I have to relearn one more time! Difference is this time, I am relying on all I have absorbed over the years, past experience with my own horses, and riding others horses,and even this forums experts to fix what goes askew...
Point is, if it seems the trainer has anything new (and useful) to offer, take it in stride, and maybe as I did, your experience level may only improve.

Good Luck, try to enjoy every moment you can in the saddle! -Lw
    11-16-2009, 10:35 PM
Yep, happened to me too. For 10 years, instructors apparently were just happy to not teach me much of anything and collect their money. I didn't know squat about riding on contact and was pretty much a passenger. My eyes were opened when I started leasing a hot Thoroughbred and resorted to books to figure out how to ride effectively. Years later I finally feel like I know what I'm doing, and more importantly, what I have to work on. The good news is, now you know where you went wrong and can fix it. It's never too late to start riding well.
    11-16-2009, 10:41 PM
Well, similarly, I've been riding Western on my property, taught by my horses and my parents, and after 13 years of riding, I just learned last year about lead changes and stuff that I never worried about or knew about before....So yea, now I have a lot of catching up to do on different Western techniques
    11-16-2009, 11:18 PM
Yep for sure, my first instructor when I was a littley, told me she couldn't teach me to canter until I get my own horse (obviously no insurance :S), then I moved to another lady who I thought was god... until I got my own pony and moved to my current instructor... I had to basically re-learn how to ride. I was just a passenger, I'd turn by pulling on the inside rein and my weight would fall to the outside etc. Big culture shock re-learning everything but so glad I made that move or I'd still be riding like I used to :S I'm still with that coach after 10 years, and very glad I stayed, she's just excellent. I like to go to as many clinics as I possible can as well though to get other opinions and various ways of doing things, and by doing this it has allowed me to be a very versatile rider with plenty of tricks up my sleeve when things don't go so well!
    11-16-2009, 11:59 PM
Green Broke
I'm glad I'm not alone, lol.
    12-04-2009, 04:27 PM
I just switched to the barn I ride with for cellege, and this new instructor is teaching me new things too. The old things worked originally, but I'm using both and feel like im getting better so much faster!!!
    12-04-2009, 04:39 PM
Super Moderator
Yep. I took lessons forever and then started with my new trainer (well - she's been my trainer for 6 years now) and realized... I didn't know squat!

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