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    09-30-2010, 04:48 PM
Getting back in the saddle again...

So I'm pretty nervous (but totally excited!) because this weekend I'm going to meet with 2 different trainers to start taking lessons again. It's going to be strange because while I have 17 years of experience (10 of competing) I'm going back to the beginning.

I started riding when I was 2, taking lessons at age 4, my first show (Hunters) at 7 and then began training for eventing at age 12. When I was 19 I was thrown off my horse onto a log and broke my back. After 2 1/2 years of physical therapy I switched to training from the ground (bought a neglected filly and trained her with a friend's daughter riding her- now she's a very successful hunter in the midwest). Life got hectic as I married a Marine who's deployed overseas 3 times, finished college, and we had a son who's now 2.

But I've missed horses way too much so I bought an unfinished horse named Jester and he's doing great in his ground training. So while we're doing that I'm going to be taking lessons to learn how to use my riding muscles again and build up my stamina. So I'm meeting a trainer at a Hunter/Jumper barn and another from an Eventing barn. Both have excellent reputations, win big at the shows, and have lots of satisfied students. Of course I'll probably be the oldest "beginner" at age 25, haha. Not exactly looking forward to that...or to picking between H/J and Eventing again!
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    09-30-2010, 08:20 PM
You won't be a complete beginner. You've got a lot of horse sense that it takes a long time for rank beginners to pick up on. It'll come back, muscle memory and all that. I had to stop riding for almost a year for medical reasons, and on my first riding lesson getting back into it, my instructor was happier than ever with my riding.
    10-01-2010, 09:36 AM
I was going to start my own thread, but your experience pretty much sums up mine too...LOL

The differences are that I started riding when I was about 6, sold my horses when I graduated high school (at 17) and havent ridden consistently since. I will be 27 next week. First lesson tonight with an eventing trainer.

Pretty excited!

Good luck with your new horse...I am sure its like riding a bike. It will all come back to us soon enough :)
    10-01-2010, 10:08 AM
Wow, and I thought I was the only one!! Got ya both beat though, I'm 33. Told hubby that I'm going to start taking lessions to get over the HUGE fear issues i'm dealing with since my wreck 4 years ago
    10-01-2010, 01:52 PM
Horseback riding is like riding a bike. Once you start up again, it will all come back. Your focus is going to be to take it slow, build up all those core muscles and as you posted, your stamina. Looking forwards to hearing how your first lesson goes. Good luck with finding the right trainer!
    10-01-2010, 09:19 PM
Dubya and litrella, keep me updated on how it goes!

Thanks for the encouragement everyone! When the owner of the barn I board Jester at found out how much experience I have, she asked me to ride a horse that is for advanced only- he's a brat that his own owner is scared to ride! I've ridden him for the past few weeks and while he's doing better with consistent exercise, I'm sure I'm confusing him with my aids and seat at least a little bit. My seat is definitely not the same after breaking my back, ugh.
    10-04-2010, 08:14 AM
So, I am back to work today after having my riding lesson on Friday night.

Lets just say, I knew I was outta shape, but OMG I am so unbelievably sore still!

I rode an adorable little paint with a HUGE stride! It was such a surprise :) He was a great little horse. We worked on flexion, leg yielding, posting and sitting trot and even went over some trot poles and a small x. It was a great refresher and I really like the instructor a lot!

She was telling me about a TB she had there that a GP rider from TCU had been riding. She wants me to start riding him!

I can't wait for the next time :)

I took a pic of Kodiak with my phone...I will post it up in a few minutes! I was by myself, so I don't have any under saddle :(

Anyone else have an update?
    10-04-2010, 08:21 AM
Here is Kodiak...sorry for the poor quality of picture and the angle. The sun was crazy shining into the barn so I couldnt get a good side picture.


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