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        06-16-2009, 11:49 PM
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    Originally Posted by Solon    
    Have someone work with you on a lunge line. First, have the person just lead the horse around. You'll control the horse with the reins but the person will be there to bring the horse in if you start feeling too tense.

    Then have the walker start to jog trot. You'll find yourself more confident with a person right there. As soon as you find yourself relaxing with the person alongside you, then have them give you some line. As soon as you feel yourself tensing up, have them come back to your side.

    Don't expect to do this all in one lesson. Stretch it out for several days or a couple of weeks until you feel yourself relaxing. Work only on walking initially, then when you feel you really have that down, work on trotting. Then work on everything else. Backing, side passing, forehand turns, haunch turns etc.

    Your lower legs need to be more under you than in the picture you showed. The way you are using them, they will push you forward. Here's a picture of me and Solon at one of our medieval events. You don't want to wrap your legs completely around your horse. That is what your thighs are for. Your calves rest gently on the side and sometimes not really touching unless you are giving cues.

    You are so lucky to have a wide body horse to ride! I jumped on Vida bareback tonight, its been awhile. (I was waiting for her to dry after a bath so I got a wet butt to boot) She is so narrow its really a work out to keep balanced.
    Solon is just beautiful
         
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