Getting back in the saddle again... - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 09-30-2010, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Jacksonville, NC
Posts: 244
• Horses: 1
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!
kcscott85 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 8 Old 09-30-2010, 08:20 PM
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Washington State
Posts: 1,761
• Horses: 2
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.
Eolith is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 10-01-2010, 09:36 AM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Dallas, Texas
Posts: 767
• Horses: 0
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 :)
DubyaS6 is offline  
post #4 of 8 Old 10-01-2010, 10:08 AM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 1,171
• Horses: 5
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
littrella is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 10-01-2010, 01:52 PM
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 12,251
• Horses: 2
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!

Promoting the beautiful Canadian Horse
my2geldings is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 10-01-2010, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Jacksonville, NC
Posts: 244
• Horses: 1
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.
kcscott85 is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 10-04-2010, 08:14 AM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Dallas, Texas
Posts: 767
• Horses: 0
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 cant 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 dont have any under saddle :(

Anyone else have an update?
DubyaS6 is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 10-04-2010, 08:21 AM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Dallas, Texas
Posts: 767
• Horses: 0
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.

DubyaS6 is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My sis is back in the saddle again! sandy2u1 Horse Talk 3 09-08-2010 08:14 AM
Back in the saddle...again KANSAS_TWISTER Meet the Community 6 08-20-2010 05:26 PM
Back in the saddle again! Mrs B Horse Talk 8 09-16-2009 02:28 AM
Back in the Saddle Small_Town_Girl Western Riding 5 04-05-2009 09:22 PM
Back in the saddle!! YAY!! mudypony Horse Pictures 9 06-22-2008 09:37 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome