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post #1 of 16 Old 04-29-2011, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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I'm new to riding...And I need some advice

I'm new to riding, and I don't want to start out on the wrong techniques with my horse. She'll allow me to set on her and will stand still without being tied, and I have broke her myself, and she seems to trust me more than anyone else. Lately, I've been training her with reins, and teaching her left and right, and when to stop, by pulling back gently on them, without riding her. If she'll allow me to ride her and do all this without running me over, do you think I can try riding her and just not setting on her back? Because when shes resting her ears, I tend to think she's pulling them all the way back. Plus, I have ridden her before, just not controlling her.
Plus, we don't have a corral to ride in, and the 'pasture' we have now is muddy... From all the rain, and it has tree's in it. So I'd get hit in the head with a branch or something.

I REALLY need some advice if what I said is okay for training and if she'd maybe let me really ride her.
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post #2 of 16 Old 04-29-2011, 10:00 PM
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I wouldn't get on her unless you have confined area to ride her in. Preferably a round pen. HELMET!

I'm having a bit of trouble understanding your post but it sounds like you can have her turn left and right with a bit as well as stop and that she listens. I would take it a step farther and ground drive her. Have two lunge lines. Connect one to one ring of the bit on one side and the other lunge line to the other bit ring. Run the lunge lines through the stirrups of your saddle on her. Have you had a saddle on her? Let her experience a saddle first before you do this. Stand about 15 to 20 feet behind her with a lung line. You can be behind her or slightly off to the center of the arena. Use voice commands to encourage her forward and a slight tap on the butt with the whip if she doesn't understand. Use the lunge lines to steer her left and right and to stop and back up.

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post #3 of 16 Old 04-29-2011, 11:42 PM
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Don't you have someone to help you? or at least be with you when you get on for the first time.? Dont' do this alone, and an enclosed space is important.
no rush.
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post #4 of 16 Old 04-30-2011, 08:48 AM
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New to riding AND teaching the horse? Oh, that is not really a good combination. I recommend you have somebody help you out so as to teach the right commands to the horse and learn your self how to ride.

How old is the horse?

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post #5 of 16 Old 05-01-2011, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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@ Lenuccia: I've read a bunch of riding books about teaching her and about teaching me how to ride. But it seems like no one in my family ever has time for me I swear, they never have time for anything involving me.
And I've also had a rider thats ridden her whole life give me some information.

She's 3 years old. And I just built a new corral before I read this, and its working great. Not a fancy one, but it will do. Just the right size for a beginner.

@ Tinylily: I haven't been rushing her ;) I've took this slowly. I've taught her to stand still while I mount her, and not go anywhere until I nudge her side a little bit.

@ GeminiJumper: I always wear a helmet when I mount a horse (I have ridden a few times) just in case I would happen to fall off on my head. But I mostly land like a cat on all fours when I fall off anything. But I know a helmet is needed. Also, I'm going to ride Western, and in the shows, they don't wear anything but cowboy and cowgirl hats. Maybe its because your less likely to fall off in western saddles? I've never been in a western saddle before. And you also got the reins part right. I do not have a saddle, but we're getting one in a few more weeks.

Everyone's information I'm proud to share about Flower:

Today a lady we know thats ridden a ton of horses, and is very experienced, came out today and rode her. At first she gave a small buck, not even enough to launch her forward or to hurt anyone, just raising her back hooves up about an inch from the ground, then relaxed. I walked her around the little corral I built, then let the lady take over. She did very well with voice commands, and the reins when she was told what to do. Until we got out to where the tall grass was, and she didn't want to listen to anybody, just wanted to eat the grass. She never tried to buck the lady off, though, which was a good sign, because finally she pulled back on the reins, not enough to hurt her, and she came up and got the signal that the person on her back didn't want her to do this, and just trotted on. Its a good thing I have a lane, away from the grass and the road, to walk on solid ground.
I'm thinking I only need a bit of training with her.. Because the way she acted, obedient and calm today, she has to have been ridden before. Unless she learned by herself or something.
Happy to annouce that!
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would it be possible to hire the lady to train the horse for you? or atleast assist you?

and if I were you, I'd sign up for some lessons pronto, and learn as much as you can.
also.. you could mow the tall grass so she won't be so tempted to eat.(:

best of luck!

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Yes, thats what I'm going to do tomorrow, Kate! :) We don't have much money to afford lessons, and the lady has already agree'd to come help me train my horse, for no cost :) But she's mainly going to work with me AND the horse, so Flower will be used to me riding her. She'll school me in what to do.
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Sounds like you are doing a good progress with her, and it's great someone will be helping out. As for a little training... If you just plan on trail riding and messing with horse it's not such a big deal. But if you plan to progress to something else (like dressage, or jumping, or western pleasure, or ....) you'll need to work with the good trainer in that discipline later on.

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Originally Posted by kitten_Val View Post
Sounds like you are doing a good progress with her, and it's great someone will be helping out. As for a little training... If you just plan on trail riding and messing with horse it's not such a big deal. But if you plan to progress to something else (like dressage, or jumping, or western pleasure, or ....) you'll need to work with the good trainer in that discipline later on.
Thanks! I plan on doing western pleasure with her, and in the future maybe start riding english as well. I know a trainer that can teach me western and english.
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Just get yourself some good help there and then. It's a really, really bad combination with a young horse and a new rider. The risk you'l get injured for life is huge.

But you have made a good progress. Just make sure to have someone with a good hand and knowledge of horses with you and you might pull it off. Wear a helmet, and wile you're at it, get used to wearing a safety vest too. I never used one, I started too late and can't get myself used to them now ;) But at least wear a helmet.

Starting with trailriding (and whoever said that's a not a big deal can't have been trailriding young horses very much, there's tons of things to get afraid of for the horse! It might not take a whole lot of exact riding with cues and seat that will be judged by others, but it does take a lot of everything else and the horse still has to kow what you mean with everything), anyway, trailriding is good once you got the basics down. But have someone walk with you at least the first few times.
Getting an instructor is a good idea no matter what you'll do, it will help you to ''answer right'' when the horse ask you things. Horses usually try stuff and that's the question to ''was this right?'' or ''I don't understand!''. If the horse does something, you probably asked it to do that, even if you don't know that yourself.

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