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    04-01-2009, 07:11 PM
Riding a brand new horse

My riding lesson instructor put me on a 16hh horse last night and it was such a different experience, it was mind blowing. She has had me on ponies for a year, and I'm not criticizing her decision, I love the new horse and the chance to ride him and bond with him, but the switch is almost overwhelming. Its my first time riding him so there was a lot to get used to. He is bigger, harder to control and it's also a confidence shocker.

I had the most trouble posting his trot, halting him, and overall relaxing. However he is a great horse, really responsive.

Can anyone offer some advice, or at least a few encouraging words?
I am excited to keep riding him in the coming weeks
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    04-01-2009, 07:14 PM
You said confidence shocker..but take it as a booster. Your trainer obviously thinks it is time to challenge you more. It shouldn't always be too easy, or else you never get better! Take this chance to learn how to work on something more difficult. In a few weeks you will have adjusted to him, and it will feel more natural. Don't let it discourage you.
    04-02-2009, 08:33 PM
I was in the same boat a few weeks ago, really nervous because my trainer said my next horse had to be at least 16h and I was SO not comfortable with the size and gaits. I now own a 16'3, 4 year old OTTB. So just keep with it, I promise with some practice you will be much more comfortable
    04-02-2009, 08:37 PM
I love riding different horses, I find its a really good learning experience. Since all horses are different and like different ways of things being done.

I find after you ride a new horse, you're always really sore after! Lol
    04-03-2009, 01:13 PM
Give it a couple more rides, you'll get used to the feel of him. =) At one time I owned two horses: a 14.2hh Arabian gelding and a 16.1hh OTTB gelding. Now THAT was weird! LOL I'd go from riding my Arab to my TB, or vice versa, and be like WHOA, where did my horse go, or wow, the ground is far away. Hahaha. Not to mention the different in gaits from one to the other. Riding different horses is great though. I find that I get "stuck" with one particular horse very easily. If I ride it for a long time and go to another one I'm always a little uncomfortable on the new horse initially because I'm SO used to my old one.

Just give it some time. Take some deep breaths, relax and just walk around a little to start. Get used to the height difference, the feel of a longer stride, the way your leg feels on him as opposed to how it felt on a pony's barrel, etc. When you ask for a trot go nice and slow, stay collected and relax. Once you are used to his rythm and comfortable with it then canter. =)
    04-03-2009, 07:47 PM
It is a shocker to go from one horse to another. I think you just need to take some deep breaths and don't think of him as being a 16hh horse, but rather just a horse you're going to ride and enjoy being with. Remember you were very capable rideing the ponies (otherwise your instructor wouldn't have challenged you) take that confidence with you when you ride the 16hh. Keep positive, breath and make a really tall friend. Good luck and have fun.

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