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post #1 of 41 Old 06-16-2013, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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First time on a horse for 25 years!

Hi All

Well, tomorrow afternoon I have get back in the saddle after a break of 25 years and I'm not afraid to admit that i'm terrified and oddly excited!

We have a 15 yr old mare who's had a foal 3 months ago and hubby said she's too big an animal to have as a "pet" and I need to start riding her. To be honest, I know he's right as when my son's have ridden her, she get's a spring in her step and comes alive but now it's my turn!

I won't be riding her for quite a while (not until i've gone through everything I used to be able to do - canter,gallop etc and a bit of jumping although I didn't particularly care for that) but the closer tomorrow comes, the more nervous I get.

I'm going to a local riding school so I know their horses will be virtually bombproof, then i'll be taking lessons on Fox (but i'm in no hurry there as I need to feel confident just riding firstly).

So wish me luck and any tips will be welcome.

Why oh why did I stop riding when I got my car.................
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post #2 of 41 Old 06-16-2013, 03:45 PM
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Good luck. I took some pee-poor lessons when I was in my early 20s, didn't learn squat (other than the instructor was very pretty), then didn't ride again until we bought horses at 50. Perhaps the hardest part for me was (and is) getting an older body stretched out loose enough to ride OK. That, and a much stronger sense of my own mortality...
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post #3 of 41 Old 06-16-2013, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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That's me exactly! I'm much more aware of what I can break now haha
I've got a new hat (just buying that was an experience - had to have it fitted etc - i'm sure when I bought one when I was younger, it was just plonked on my head and that was it!)! and the thought of getting my leg up and mounting makes me want to curl up and die (I'm sure my bones have fused as i've got older)

The last couple of times I rode was on a bucking bronco (seriously) who managed to throw me off and give me a good kick in the side - I swear I had a horseshoe print on my leg after that - my friend and I swapped horses and she was bucked around the field while she laughed her head off - the very last time was a lovely day trek with a local riding club, cantering along the fields - i'll aim to keep that memory in mind tomorrow......................
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I hadn't ridden seriously since I had a horse in my latter teens and early 20's till I decided to buy my horse Joey. I have never felt so excited as the day I went out horse shopping since I was a child. It was an unbelievable experience! I needed a refresher so I read some books etc... as my lesson days were over 20 years ago and mere cobwebs in my brain. I was surprised at how fast I was able to learn as I was much more focused as a mature adult and some of the things I had learned were still there. I just needed to start riding again to find them. I honestly think I'm a better rider now than I was before.

I wish you all the best with your lessons tomorrow! I've never looked back since I started back riding and it's been over 5 years and 3 horses later. You'll do great.
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post #5 of 41 Old 06-16-2013, 09:37 PM
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I suggest that you learn to do groundwork with a horse, like Parelli's 7 Games, before riding. The skills & confidence that you gain, as well as the relationship that you build with your horse, all translate to in-the-saddle time, for the benefit of both you & horse, including greater safety.
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post #6 of 41 Old 06-16-2013, 09:51 PM
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here's to you, dear, and a wonderful first ride!
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post #7 of 41 Old 06-16-2013, 10:57 PM
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Good luck! Let us know how your lesson goes. :)

A few weeks ago, I also got back in the saddle. I've only been out of riding for three years but I can still understand your nervous/excitement feeling.

Relax and have fun!
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post #8 of 41 Old 06-18-2013, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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Well, after almost cancelling my lesson - seriously, I haven't felt butterflies like those I had yesterday, I told my instructor how nervous I was and she thought I meant "faint" nervous. I laughed that off as I wasn't but I was soooooo jittery - luckily the horse didn't pick up on it - she was a sweet mare called April.
We tacked her up, led her to the arena and the minute I sat on her my nerves went - instantly!
We spent the lesson walking mostly while I walked her round and directed her - my posture is excellent (one less thing to think about haha) and then I even had a little trot at the end! I smiled all the way though.
The instructor (very calm and reassuring thank goodness) said we'd work on more direction and trotting next week and I honestly can't wait.
I felt such a sense of accomplishment when i'd finished and at 41 couldn't believe i'd finally ridden a horse again!
To anyone who's having doubts, don't! Just go ahead and jump on
I just wish I hadn't given up all those years ago but it's **** good to be back in the saddle again
Thanks for all your well wishes - i think i'll keep updating on here (if for nothing else, I can look back on this and see where I started) and roll on next Monday
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post #9 of 41 Old 06-19-2013, 09:22 AM
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you enjoy yourself. go at your own pace. put out of your mind what you think you "should" do and do what feels good. if you walk around the arena and come off your horse and are smiling, then you're in a good place. we have to train ourselves like we train animals, push, teach, but make sure you stop in a positive place so we want to come back again.

HAVE FUN!! good luck!
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post #10 of 41 Old 06-19-2013, 09:11 PM
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I am SOO glad you decided to go ahead and go back to riding. WHen my daugher purchased a small horse farm, it had been FORTY YEARS since I had been on a horse. I purchased a 2 year old mare for trail riding (instead of the 15 + old gelding I had been intending to purchase. LOL) Fortunately, i was never frightened, but I will say that I am much more aware of what could happen if I fell at my age (60) and have no interest in jumping, which is what i used to do. I LOVE going trail riding, and hope to keep at it for as long as I can haul myself onto my poor patient horse. . All I wonder now is why the heck did it take so long to get back in the saddle!! Good luck, and HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!!! Here is a picture of me and Nibbles (she just turned 3) on a trail ride.
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