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post #21 of 26 Old 07-19-2010, 10:10 AM
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Hahaha! What a fantastic thread

Oh, trust me - it gets easier! Learning to ride is like… learning to drive a manual car (sorry for the shoddy metaphor, but it’s the first thing that came to mind!). At first you’re uncoordinated and sloppy. You stall, your gear changes are jerky and sometimes you drop into the wrong gear and totally confuse the car. But after a while you begin to hear and feel the small changes occurring within the car. You can feel that subtle bite that indicates you can release the clutch. You power through the gears with swift precision. It becomes second nature. It’s the same with horses except in a way horses are more complicated (there’s something to look forward to!). Only when a horse and rider develop a mutual line of communication and understanding can they work together as one.

When you first begin riding it isn’t very graceful. When I started I was bouncing around in the saddle like a sack of potatoes with arms flailing wildly and legs sticking so far out that could knock out any innocent bystander should they come too close. My first few lessons were a disaster. I’m surprised they haven’t ended up on Funniest Home Videos yet! The first time I mounted a horse I went straight over its back and ended up sprawled out on the ground on the other side with a face full of sand. Another time we had just come back from a trail ride and we were still on our horses and my horse saw its food in its stable and walked right in with me on its back. I even hit my head on the roof on the way in. Doh! But since then I have achieved so much and met so many wonderful new friends of both the human and equine variety.

So, I admire you for having the courage to pursue the equestrian sport. Although you have many faceplants and sore bums on the horizon, it is a truly satisfying sport and one that will guarantee you free access to your own personal furry, four-legged psychiatrist

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post #22 of 26 Old 07-19-2010, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, Rowdy! I appreciate the kind words about my writing and humor.

And while I haven't tried my hand as a novelist, I've been working as a professional journalist and magazine editor for a little over a decade.

Perhaps someday I will sit down and pen my great literary work. No doubt it will be about a man and his horse!

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post #23 of 26 Old 07-19-2010, 10:57 AM
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I absolutely can't wait to read it. I do have to wonder though if it will be Dusty the wonder horse.

I knew you had to write for a living. Your much to good at it. I was laughing so much I had tears rolling down my cheeks.
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post #24 of 26 Old 07-19-2010, 11:06 AM
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Most neck reined horses in the Western world are started with the snaffle and direct reining. If you are riding your horse in a snaffle and learning direct reining techniques it will prove to be beneficial down the road.

Your participation in the horse world as a family is to be commended!!

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post #25 of 26 Old 07-19-2010, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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Ben,
I know you're right. In one of my "huffier" moments during a recent lesson, I asked about reigning - why am I learning to direct reign when I'm interested going western?

My instructor said the same thing you did: This is where we begin; neck reigning will come later. And in a pinch, I'll know how to direct reign when I really need the horse's attention.

I believe I grumbled something in response and went on trying to look composed while cantering.
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post #26 of 26 Old 07-19-2010, 11:57 AM
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That's awesome that you're learning as a family! My mom used to ride and I'm the only one really serious about it in my family. I get so much crap from my brothers about how easy it is to sit on a horse, I'm tempted to throw them on my warmblood and have them go to a training level dressage test... that'll teach 'em *insert evil laugh here*

And I agree, you are a VERY good writer.

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