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    11-22-2013, 08:57 PM
Helmet usage! When I started riding no one wore helmets.
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    11-22-2013, 09:09 PM
That is a huge improvement in my opinion DancingArabian. I've seen way too many people riding without a helmet get hurt. The more people protecting their heads the better! :)
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    11-22-2013, 09:25 PM
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Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
I began in'68. My instructor and Freia's must have known each other lol. I spent more time without stirrups than with, we were yelled at,we were even scared to go sometimes, but boy did we learn a lot. Spurs had to be earned,I remember how proud I was when I was told to put them on, had my toes turned inward the whole lesson, so I wouldn't accidentally spur the horse. We, too, had frying pan saddles lol. Knees tight, yes, sit straight, even the broomstick behind the back, through both elbows. Looking down was met with" what are you searching for,I already found the 5$". That was in Germany.
Coming here I see a lot of, female, riders with butt sticking out..., seated, two point, doesn't matter.... strange...
Ahh yes the yelling - we got yelled at a lot in the 80s too :) Although my current trainer yells at me sometimes and she's a Britt - perhaps it's a European thing ;)
    11-22-2013, 10:59 PM
Originally Posted by ponyboy    
I'd like to see what these "pancake saddles" looked like lol.
Here's my Mom's pancake saddle that I used for years - a Barnsby. I must have put many many hundreds of miles on that saddle.

And the second is my current pancake, a 1977 Passier. I hope to put many more hundred on this one.

And yes, the YELLING! Must be a European thing. The non-stop flow of colorful vocabulary of the Swedish Major Knem. I learned to swear even better than I learned to ride. But I'll say one thing for those guys - I've never forgotten anything they taught me. I may not have liked some of them, but I have thanked them many many times since.

Last year I took some refresher-lessons. Things just weren't working with my body the way I knew they should. At the end of the second lesson, the instructor took me aside and said: "I don't know who taught you to ride, but someone did a very good job. You may be rusty, but it's all in there somewhere, and if they're still alive, you should thank whoever taught you long long ago".

I have thanked them many times. And sometimes I find myself swearing in Swedish...
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    11-23-2013, 01:01 AM
Yup, ^^^ that's what I call frying pan... , tho I've ridden in worse.... that's the kind of saddle you get out of without even noticing....happened to me. Advanced lesson, depart in canter from a stand still, without stirrups,of course, and instructor was known to be very quick, and nearly unnoticeable with taking his gloves off and throwing them at the horse. I was concentrating so hard, didn't see a thing, and found myself standing next to the horse, which departed in a canter... without me. ...
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    11-23-2013, 02:24 AM
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I've wondered since speaking with people taking lessons in English riding, if no one teaches indirect reining anymore?

Pretty useful, and used to be, basic skill.

I've gotten snapped at, however, when asking about it and have been told things along the lines of "That's neck reining and that what western riders do."
Always makes me grin.

BTW: I would totally use that "pancake" saddle for polo. Very similar.
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    11-23-2013, 06:19 AM
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Ponyboy, have a look at the UK show saddles the fylde hayden is a good example:

Most UK show riders learn to ride in saddles like that and jump in them. Charlotte dujardin rode in them full time as a young girl when she was showing.

I hack out in mine, have been XC in one and regularly jump in one!

Horses find it very difficult to get me off, no matter what they do. I once rode a horse bareback who jumped out of the arena, hit the top rail and summersaulted. I was still on him when he was upside down, I only fell off because him landing on top of me knocked me unconcious.
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    11-23-2013, 06:25 AM
Green Broke
BTW I Learnt to ride from about 1987 onwards (2yrs old when I first got a pony).

I do remember being sent down a jumping lane with no saddle and no reins. I also remember bareback XC lessons with ALL horses in a snaffle.
H&S would have a fit at that now!
    11-24-2013, 07:05 PM
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I started riding in the 50's.

Then much of the teaching methods were based on the army way. We were first taught to do a good sitting trot, often cantering before we were allowed to rise. Most of out rides were on trails, the instructor would be behind and see everything and yell at you to correct it.

As we progressed to more advanced rides so things got far more fun and tougher.
We were sent up the jumping lane without reins or stirrups, often having to take our jackets off and hang them on the post at the end and then next time pick the jacket up and put it on whilst cantering around the arena. Most of the lesson was without stirrups and on flat saddles.
We also learned to remove the saddle and hold it in the oar whilst cantering around the arena.
What was the point of all this?
It taught you the most important thing, balance with your horse, an independent seat, confidence in your ability, how to fall and get back on. To laugh at your falls, to ride any type of pony or horse because we were frequently swapped from one to another.
We were corrected on faults but never forced into a position. Those that wanted to compete had to prove their ability before Boeing allowed to.

All the horses and ponies in that riding school competed at shows and at one point there were seven ponies all top grade show jumpers (that also evened) capable of holding their own against the best junior jumpers in the UK, yet all worked giving lessons.

I find instructing hard nowadays because it is the softly softly approach. There are those that will take the tougher teaching but generally most newer riders are only up to the soft touch.

Heck! Of I were to take a bunch of children, who were serious about competing, as we were taught they would need a laundry change!

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