Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: yankee ct where we live forever
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I'm a new rider who's old and has a large ass.
I had a tiny bit of self consciousness when I opted to take lessons at a college with college age riders who are a) young b) utterly incredibly fit c) most of them phenomenal riders (and on the school team, which is a pretty excellent team that goes to nationals).
So they're good. I have trouble sustaining my lope - I'm not bad mind you, but I'm not great.
I often felt like I Love Lucy, with "high jinx" situations, riding a horse that refuses on a good day to GIVE a lope.
You know what? I got better just being with them.
People don't care what YOU do, they are there to learn what THEY should do. So they'll watch your part of a lesson in order to learn what to do and what not to do. They'll listen to a criticism or comment and apply it to themselves to get better. Not better than you, better than they are.
Yeah, there are bitchy people, snarky people, nasty people even. Okay. That's a given. You'll meet them everywhere, not just in a group riding class. You'll meet them on line getting movie tickets. That's life. Push past it. Take lessons.
Group lessons are fun.
One day, on my last class, I had to crawl up the side of a horse because Mr. School Horse Who Found His Inner Mustang decided to take off and run me into a dead tree where I was most unceremoneously relieved of my seat. One thing I have a bit of a problem with is loading this large ass into a saddle without a block. But I did, and those excellent riding girlies cheered.
Last edited by wild old thing; 06-15-2013 at 05:20 PM.