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    07-14-2012, 01:50 PM
Cool Tall Rider

Hello everyone, I'm new to this forum and I've come to look for answers and pick your brains.....if that's okay lol!

I am new to horse riding as I was learning to ride 13 years ago and things changed and took a turn in my life. When I was on holiday in my youth of around 7-9 years old I used to go on guided pony hacks which was fun.

Okay I am a male rider, 34 years old and I'm two metres tall (6ft 6" ).

I have had my fifth lesson today and my main area I'm addressing is core stability and the rising trot. Are there any tall riders on this forum who can share information for a learner rider and how to gently progress please?
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    07-14-2012, 01:52 PM
Welcome to the forum! No help on the tall thing, I'm a whopping 5'6" I'm sure there are members here that will have some ideas for you though.
    07-14-2012, 02:15 PM
Hello and welcome!

I'm not as tall as you are - but my legs are very long...

My first tips for you would be to make sure everything "fits". Make sure your stirrups are adjusted properly and that your horse is a good size for you. If your stirrups are too short or if your horse does not take up a lot of your leg - you're going to feel as though you are towering way over him every time you try to rise in your stirrups.

Are you working with an instructor?
    07-14-2012, 02:38 PM
Thanks MHFoundation. Hi Daisy25 yes I am working with an instructor and they have been helpful. Of course as a newbie it's only natural I suppose to want to know if I'm doing this wrong or that right lol and paranoia is the last the anyone wants
    07-14-2012, 02:58 PM
I'm 6'4". The key to riding is balance and the key to balance is core muscle strength. It will make riding easy, fun, and you'll look great, too.
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    07-14-2012, 03:09 PM
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Yeh one of these days I need to learn how to do that trotting stuff. Been happy with my walking horses, but the competitive bug has me looking for an Arabian.
    07-14-2012, 03:48 PM
Originally Posted by Tall Rider    
I have had my fifth lesson today and my main area I'm addressing is core stability and the rising trot. Are there any tall riders on this forum who can share information for a learner rider and how to gently progress please?
I'm not as tall as you are, but I'm tall for a woman and with long legs.

First of all, 5 lessons is very little, so don't be discouraged you don't progress too fast or struggle with something. It'll ALL come, just takes time. :)

My question is does your saddle fit you? Having long legs myself I found it to be quite tough to find a saddle that accommodate me and put me in correct position. My other suggestion would be to ride bigger horses with round barrels (if you take lessons, not own), so you could wrap your legs around comfortably.
    07-14-2012, 03:51 PM
I'm a female but, I am 6'1" and the key is good core muscles. It just takes some getting used to, building up muscles and trying to learn not to slouch.
    07-14-2012, 03:59 PM
Thank you all kindly for your replies. Hi Kitten Val that is a good question about my saddle and all I can describe is that my knees JUST come within the saddle so....hmm!

Thanks PaintHorseMares for the advice about core strength. I am learning yoga at the moment as well but I also lift weights. Will a deadlift exercise be good for core strength?

My main reason for going back to riding was to go on hacks and that wouldn't happen until I get the lessons in. After that, who knows, I may go further.

Would a body protector be advisable in time?
    07-14-2012, 05:01 PM
^^^ Weights are good as are pilates exercises.
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