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    02-28-2013, 10:20 AM
Originally Posted by boots    
I don't know if your just telling us rare exciting spots of your riding, or if the lady you ride with is letting you run amuck on her horses. But, regardless I hope you hang around here and read the experience of others.

I'm all for having fun horseback, but you need to get some skills under your belt first.
idk if I can rly the stress anymore.... my dr specificly told me to stay away from all stress because of my stomach.. ya see I have extreme abnormal horonal embalance disorder. Wen ms marylin told me bout this site I thought I wud finally fit in somewhere. Once again im wrong
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    02-28-2013, 10:37 AM
I did the same thing, every time I would go to a trot or lope I would grab the horn.
What you should start doin (and this is what I did) is to gradually let go of the horn. So if you're trotting across the arena, to start hold the saddle horn. But every time you do go across again, make a point in the arena where you will let go of the horn and get your own balance. Now I am loping and I am only holding onto the reins.
Same with going uphill. When ever I go uphill, sometimes I grab the horn - but only if I think it's really steep. Sometimes I'll grab his mane instead though, that way the saddle isn't making to too difficult for him to get up the hill.
    02-28-2013, 11:14 AM
Originally Posted by Lady Mustang    
idk if I can rly the stress anymore.... my dr specificly told me to stay away from all stress because of my stomach.. ya see I have extreme abnormal horonal embalance disorder. Wen ms marylin told me bout this site I thought I wud finally fit in somewhere. Once again im wrong
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Riding horses can be a lot of fun. It can also be very dangerous. Statistically, it is more dangerous than riding motorcycles.

If you are not emotionally strong enough to hear, "what you are doing is dangerous", then you probably ought to stop riding. I've only come off a horse once, and I still have back pain 4 years later.

Horses are big, strong animals that don't always think clearly. They are very graceful, except for when they are not - I've watched my horses slip and fall without any rider, just while running around like idiots in their corral. If you think anonymous Internet posters are tough on you, consider having 1000 lbs of horse land on your knee...

You don't have to stop riding, but you ought to learn to walk before trot, trot before canter, and canter before gallop. I strongly recommend trotting, and learning to balance at a trot while going around turns.
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    02-28-2013, 11:20 AM
Originally Posted by Deschutes    
When I first started riding English, I would claw around for ANYTHING that I could get my hands under. Sometimes I still do when I terribly lose balance... Like when a horse trips.
Grab straps. I've never owned one, but I sure could have used one when I was a noob! Heck, even now when things get hairy, I sometimes wish I had one. Nothing stopping me from buying one, I just haven't. Silly Speedy!

OP, I don't know if you're deliberately trying to rile us up by recounting all your dangerous antics, but I wonder where your parents are in all of this. I have a hard time believing they're just blithely allowing someone to endanger your life by letting you gallop around on a horse when you can't even sit a trot without grabbing for something to balance yourself. You're going to get hurt. Not IF, but when. The fact that you have no real clue how to ride and aren't getting the proper instruction only means when you do get hurt it's going to be very, very bad. Experienced riders know how to mitigate injuries, but you do not.

All the other blather just tells me you have no real clue how horses act and relate to the world around them. You're living in a fantasy land, and it's going to get you badly hurt or dead.
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    02-28-2013, 12:33 PM
I just added a grab strap to Bens saddle.

Being he is just starting, and I was struggling to cope that huge trot, I figured a grab strap would be good, works a treat.
    02-28-2013, 12:36 PM
Originally Posted by Lady Mustang    
she does it differently with me because she's known me since I was a baby! I help her around the farm and in return she teaches me what I ask to be taught! I know all the basics I just want to learn to go faster without falling off!
I'm sorry, but I'm going to disagree with this. If you are still holding the saddle horn and having balance trouble at the trot you do not know the basics and have no business galloping up hills. Everyone has said basically what I was going to, so I won't go on- I'm not sure it'd do any good anyways. It looks like you're going to disregard everything we say because we're 'being mean' to you. Which is not the case, in fact there are many experienced riders and trainers on here. It would do good to take their advice. If you don't want to, then you shouldn't be asking questions that you aren't going to like the answers to. If your instructor is so fantastic she can teach you, can't she?
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    02-28-2013, 01:07 PM
OP, I'm honestly having trouble believing a lot of what you're saying.

It sounds to me like you have a friend with horses who is letting you ride them and giving you pointers along the way in exchange for helping her muck stalls and feed. No shame in that. That's how I got back into horses and how I ended up with my first horse. But, you need to call a spade a spade and sit down to take a good long look at what this person is "teaching" you and if/how it will benefit you, help you, and above all, keep you safe.

Letting a beginner rider gallop up hills is NOT safe, nor is it teaching you anything but how to flop around in the saddle while your horse does whatever it wants.

Also, your attitude toward horses and their behavior frankly scares me. Horses are not big dogs. They are 1000lbs prey animals who look to you for leadership. If you don't provide that leadership, they will take it upon themselves to be the leader, which includes bossing you around. Horses are very physical creatures (just watch a herd for a day and pay attention to their interactions and body language). If they boss you around, you can bet they're going to treat you just like they would another horse, no matter that you weigh a tenth what they do. They will get physical with you and you will get hurt. Period. End of story...and possibly end of you.

I have a feeling that this is going to fall on deaf ears, though.
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    02-28-2013, 01:28 PM
Where were those straps when I had my first English show!?

Ask for a canter, horse did as such... Lost balance, and clung for dear life on the cantle. : p
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    02-28-2013, 01:34 PM
Originally Posted by Deschutes    
Where were those straps when I had my first English show!?
Your trainer probably didn't want you knowing about such things. They've been around just about forever.
    02-28-2013, 01:34 PM
Just speaking of losing balance - my sister can't ride a horse real good. Every time she rode Golley, she would fall off. Trotting, fall. Loping - never got there. She was good with horses, just didn't have good balance.

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