While I started riding at a young age and rode Hunter Seat continuously for about 15 yrs, I have not ridden much in about a decade. I certainly haven't had any training in that time. I have ridden about 4 times so far with my new friend and am starting to overcome the sore muscles! My legs are incredibly weak, my balance is poor, and I feel like my position is very forward. I feel 'floppy' LoL!
It is very important to me that I start out on the right foot because this lady and the people she rides with will be my neighbors in the future. We have a growing equestrian community in our area and I have some acreage near her where I plan to build a small farm. Just getting back in the saddle is an opportunity to forge some invaluable relationships that may last a long time. I want to 'restart' riding the right way.
What are some tips or suggestions for starting to ride again after so long? Are there any ground or saddle stretches that I should be doing? What are some good ring-work routines for someone like me? Is it crucial to get some instruction right away? Any suggestions are appreciated.
I want to make sure her horse is getting the workout he needs without hurting myself or encouraging poor form in the horse.