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post #241 of 296 Old 06-26-2013, 08:09 PM
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No worries, posting is a wholeeee new can of worms for your body to figure out, all beginners struggle with it at first.

Glad you thought it was epic, welcome to the club :)
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post #242 of 296 Old 06-26-2013, 08:16 PM
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Just so you know riding is a LIFE LONG adventure! You will most likely never be done with lessons. My trainers take lessons with their trainers. It's not something you do for 3 months, or even a year, and your a superstar at. It also doesn't help that many people (non horse owners) can only afford 1-2 lessons a week, or about 1-2 hours of instruction. Think about other sports, they practice minimum 3 days a week (depending of the level of seriousness I guess). I'd be willing to bet showing/riding horses is one of the most expensive sports in the world.
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post #243 of 296 Old 06-27-2013, 05:47 AM
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I will agree that it is a lifelong adventure. Also, if you are competing, you will want to learning to better yourself. However, lessons do not have to be an on going thing. Once you get to a point that you are comfortable, you don't have to keep taking them. I've never taken lessons but I only want to trail ride. I don't want to compete. But that doesn't mean I'm not trying to improve either.
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post #244 of 296 Old 06-27-2013, 09:21 AM
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Me, I'm not that much into competition, but I find that I will probably always be taking lessons because it's fun. It makes riding more interesting (and safer). There is always something more to be learned/to be improved upon with horses.
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post #245 of 296 Old 06-28-2013, 01:46 AM
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You think trotting is fun, just wait until you learn to canter... And then just wait until you ride one who knows the fancy pants advanced moves... And then wait until your first jump... And then wait until your first buck... And then wait until your first ride out of the arena... And then wait until your first show... And then wait until you buy your first horse... And then wait until... Well just wait. There is always something to look forward to.
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That was epic! I learned how to stop the horse, walk, trot, and post. I'm not very good at the last two but it was still super fun. I like trotting. It's bouncy and fun.
Thank you gods above. He has FINALLY ridden a horse. Now that my yearling has attached herself to my youngest brother who knows maybe we'll see him here obsessing. Then you'll have someone to chat with. He's been there and done that with lessons though, I started him young.
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post #247 of 296 Old 06-28-2013, 01:20 PM
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post #248 of 296 Old 06-28-2013, 01:26 PM
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Me, I'm not that much into competition, but I find that I will probably always be taking lessons because it's fun. It makes riding more interesting (and safer). There is always something more to be learned/to be improved upon with horses.
me too!

I like taking lessons because I figure if I am left to my own devices I'll just create some bad habits. And the thing with taking lessons is every lesson means I'm learnig something new and sometimes something really important. I really like group lessons because you can see - from other people's lessons and skillsets - ideas you can apply to your own riding.

Posting can be a small hell. I have a horse now that kind of has a gait that requires I post. And I don't mind it. I can't describe it - he has a very vigorous trot so a post is the most comfortable way to "sit" it, although I don't do much sitting. He's narrower than my last guy, so the post is much much much much easier. Posting my last horse was like posting a GIANT barrel. It was harder than hard.
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I saw a beautiful girl today in riding gear. I wanted to tell her that I started riding but I'm too awkward. Haha. Fun Story.


Anyway... How long until I can learn how to canter?

Probably a while. I can't even post yet.
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post #250 of 296 Old 06-30-2013, 12:10 AM
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How long will depend on you. Learn to ride the trot really well, posting, moving with the horse, developing a rhythm. When you are comfortable there, and more comfortable and secure with your seat you will probably be taught. It all depends on you and your instructor.

I bet you are doing great! Don't be afraid to make friends! You already have something in common.
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