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post #1 of 10 Old 07-24-2008, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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Fisrt ridding lesson.

Hey everyone.

I have my first riding lesson towmorrow. Ive never really ridden a horse before besides the little ponies at the fair, but that doesnt count. I was just wondering what to expect? Do any of you have stories of your first lesson? Im nervous/really excited. I hate this feeling.

Aslo, will cowboy boots work to ride in?

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post #2 of 10 Old 07-24-2008, 11:47 PM
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First, be prepared to have FUN! As it's your first riding lesson, I'm sure they won't push you too hard. ;) Cowboy boots should be okay. Any boot with a small heel should do! Just don't ride in flip-flops or sneakers. LOL! :P I'm sure you'll do fine & have lots of fun. Good luck!

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post #3 of 10 Old 07-24-2008, 11:49 PM
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You sound a lot like me when i first began! I don't remember my first lesson exaclty, but I remember like my third one when I asked my instructer why I had to keep riding the same horse. My advice: don't do that. Some horses you need more experience to ride.

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Mine was less than two months ago! Theoretically I knew a lot of the basics already, so it was a case of putting them into practice and my instructor making sure my seat was okay and all, and then I had a go at moving around the arena in walk, and then in trot. It was difficult to get the hang of rising at first! But there's a moment when it suddenly clicks, and before you know it it'll all be completely automatic.

The most important advice I can offer is to relax. You are completely allowed to make mistakes, and as many as you want. No one is judging you and saying, "Oh, well, we won't let you ride again!" Your instructor will give you a sensible, laid-back horse who will realise he's got a total beginner on his back, so the hard part will not be slowing him down after he races off into the sunset, but actually getting him to move :)

You want shoes with a small heel, and try and wear a pair of jogging bottoms or something like that. Tight trousers with a seam down the inside of the leg will leave you blistered!

We'll have to compare progress reports

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post #5 of 10 Old 07-25-2008, 09:39 AM
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My first riding lesson was horrible!!
It was a group lesson and I had to borrow a cap from the club. My cap was to big and there were two older ladies watching at the side and laughing at me! They probably just tought I was cute, but I was devastated.
But I went back the week after and haven't stopped riding since
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post #6 of 10 Old 07-25-2008, 01:15 PM
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My first lesson was fun, even though its kinda fuzzy now.. i dont really remember.. What i do remember was the feelin that the horse moved weird lol.. also i didnt really have the leg cues down either so that was weird.. I also remember when we trotted taht i could not for the life of me keep my heels down..

Also after your first lesson when you hop off your legs will feel weird.

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post #7 of 10 Old 07-25-2008, 01:57 PM
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Oh yes! That evening, make sure you do LOADS of stretches. Squats are especially good. This will help stop the deep muscle aches that start the next day.

At first, you'll find that when you start something new that uses new muscles, you'll get the aches afterwards. But they quickly go away, so don't be discouraged!

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post #8 of 10 Old 07-25-2008, 02:11 PM
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*sigh* my first lesson :)

i remember having trouble posting because i couldnt get the rhythm right. and the pony took off at a canter but it was so smooth that i was able to stay on


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post #9 of 10 Old 07-26-2008, 12:00 AM
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I don't remember much about my first lesson, it seems like it was ages ago but actually it was just over a year ago. I remember trotting in two-point for the first time because I didn't know how to post yet. As far as what to expect I learned how to groom and tack up the horse, then I just did mostly walking with some trotting and learning two-point. Obviously if you're doing western you wouldn't be doing two-point, I don't know what discipline you'll be doing. Then my next lesson was bareback, lol!
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post #10 of 10 Old 07-26-2008, 12:44 AM
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How exciting! Just relax and have fun. Your instructor will take good care of you. Don't be worried about your mistakes - we all make tons of them when learning how to ride horses.

Be sure to report back and let us know how it goes!

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