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post #11 of 41 Old 06-19-2013, 09:30 PM
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I hope you enjoy yourself!!!
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post #12 of 41 Old 06-21-2013, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you all and well done to other "long out of the saddle" riders like myself - Custom Canines - I know what you mean about knowing what you can break now lol - i'll get a photo of me when I get up the courage to let someone come and watch me haha.

I'm still smiling and feel so proud of myself and my family are so happy too! This is probably the first thing i've done for me (without joining in my families activities) since my first son was born almost 22 years ago. Of course I wouldn't change a day with my children, but it's nice to have this for me - although my youngest (who showed great promise in the saddle a couple of years back when riding) has decided he'd like to start again when I move onto group lessons and my eldest son said he may as well come along too but hey - the more the merrier .

Still can't persuade hubby to hop on though lol x
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post #13 of 41 Old 06-21-2013, 09:48 AM
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Do this for YOU! Whoever wants to join in at some point-fine, but for now-get your confidence & have some fun.
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post #14 of 41 Old 06-23-2013, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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Do this for YOU! Whoever wants to join in at some point-fine, but for now-get your confidence & have some fun.
I'm having far too much fun to stop xx
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post #15 of 41 Old 06-26-2013, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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Well, Lesson number 2 under my belt (or should I say saddle) today .

I have trotted for half an hour and wow, my legs are shaky - nothing to do with being unfit of course or using muscles that haven't had to work for 20 or so years haha! I haven't had as many reminders about my arm/hand position today, but am finding it difficult to keep the horse going whilst trotting. Last week I had a little trot at the end of the lesson and felt out of balance, but once I knew where my bum should be, balance restored which felt much much better. I'm not pulling on the reigns (anymore lol) so the horse isn't getting mixed signals, i'm just finding it difficult to keep my legs wrapped round and the pressure on whilst in trot - so next week, i'm going to trot without stirrups - my instructor said this'll make me wrap my legs round and that's the feeling i'll need to emulate when I have my stirrups back so I can't wait for then!

I feel that when i'm trotting (English style, rising trot - tried the sitting trot today - how bouncy is that?) my balance is pushing my legs down, rather than round the hourse if that makes any sense.

Anyway, roll on next week - this is fantastic
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post #16 of 41 Old 07-01-2013, 11:34 PM
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Keep up the god work! It only gets better!
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post #17 of 41 Old 07-01-2013, 11:58 PM
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Lesson number 2 already? Well, you're hooked, good girl!
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post #18 of 41 Old 07-02-2013, 12:07 AM
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Sorry for the typo. Maybe it means something more profound. I'll try again. Keep up the good work!
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post #19 of 41 Old 07-11-2013, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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Lesson 3 last week saw more trotting around and trying to get my horse to move forward without me putting all the effort in! I admit, I was struggling to put in practice what my instructor was telling me although I could feel what I was doing wrong, it was doing it right that I struggled with. I still left on a high and yesterdays lesson was more trotting, but this time around barrels so I worked on my direction also.
Making the horse move forward seemed to be my biggest difficulty, so I was told to sit in the trot and not do the rising trot.
I bounced all over for a while until I found the right rhythm and then "whoosh" - April (my trusty steed) was off! That's what my instructor meant when she said the way I sat would make a difference (I could feel myself leaning forward in the rising trot but it was like gravity was pulling my head forward and just wouldn't klet it go back).

Now i'd finally got what i should have been doing (and I was only reminded about my hand position twice in the whole lesson which is a change to every few minutes the weeks before haha), that's what i'll be working at next week - sitting trot and pushing the horse forward and making her do the work instead of me doing it all! My instructor jumped on my rather sedate horse at the end of the lesson and the difference was amazing. My horse has energy! I could see what i was doing (wrong) in the seat and what my instructor did right and to be honest I do know when I get it right, it feels better and so much more secure, it's just keeping the rhythm when I find it - she's really easy to talk to and has so much patience (I do ask rather a lot of questions) but she said it's sometimes easier to teach an older person as they will keep asking if they don't understand.

She's suggested that i might want to video my lesson and then she can go through my positions etc which if I can remember, i'll do next week but she said i'm improving each week and next week we'll have a little canter if i'm comfortable doing so - I can't wait!

I just hope it's cooler next week and the horse flies give me a break
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post #20 of 41 Old 07-17-2013, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Lesson 5:
Today i finally let my son and his girlfriend (she rides also - and much better than I do haha) come and watch me so as well as my instructor, I had an audience - albeit an audience of 2 .
We had a trot, then concentrated on the sitting trot so I could feel when I had her moving, instead of me doing all the work.
That came more easily and thankfully she did the work more frequently this week, then I rode without stirrups! Riding English meant I don't have the knobbly bit to hold on to on the saddle and boy could I have done with it. I managed (just about) to trot without stirrups but found myself bringing my legs up and wrapping them round as though i was kneeling - but did find it helpful when I was corrected and told to straighten my legs and wrap them under April. And she responded and whoosh - we were off again! So I knew my "lazy" lesson horse responds as she should do - if I give her the right signals! When I found the rhythm, I imagined I looked almost graceful - my graceful however, is being hot, sweaty, and with the biggest smile on my face all lesson...........
I did find it made me have a better position when I trotted again with stirrups and am finding it much easier to trot around barrels/obstacles now too!
At the end of the lesson, my instructor asked if i wanted a little canter and I jumped at the chance. She explained what to do (the paddock we use has letters at different points around the outside on the fence - a, b, c, d etc so I was told to walk to a, go into a rising trot at b, into a sitting trot at c, then give her a squeeze and she'd know what to do and she did.
I don't remember it being that bouncy (or me being that bouncy haha) when cantering and used to go for day trail rides cantering most of the day when I was younger but i can't wait until next week when it's more of the same and another lesson in cantering.
Seriously, I'm enjoying myself so much, I love it!

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