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post #1 of 15 Old 08-10-2009, 06:09 AM Thread Starter
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We are going for our second lesson (Bigger, Better and Scarier!!)

Hey,

Well Boo (Chinga) and I are going for our second lesson with our instructor. This time no rain and we have shoes on! But its going to be biggger, better and scarier. Because this time we are hitting the big time with a group lesson! I am sooo nervous because I've never ridden him in front of people apart from:

A) Jalah - She sees me fall as well!
B) Family
C) His old owners
D) My instructor
E) Lauren, Holly, Taylor and Ella

I'm really nervous and I'm totally freaking out! I've got 3 days to practise and Saturday morning. Because our lesson is on Saturday afternoon. We are going to be doing the usual. Walk and Trot as a group and then courses as a singular while the rest of the group watches. I am hoping for a canter on him in one of the longer courses. We ride in a line like most riding schools do so I am hoping we are at the front or that he doesn't try to play racers.

Maddie!

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post #2 of 15 Old 08-10-2009, 08:43 AM
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Riding isn't about looking good or pretty infront of others. Who cares what others think? It is about the connection between your horse, and you.

I guarantee you, that if you focus so much on impressing others in the same lesson with you on your "riding skills" you will far apart. Your horse will feel the disconnection and get frustrated, you will be thinking about things that you shouldn't be and mistakes will occur, and occur and occur - you'll end up looking a fool infront of them, when you were focusing so much on looking fabulous

Riding lessons isn't about any of that. It is about learning, growing, maturing as a rider - so that you can be that much better for your horse

IT IS ABOUT YOUR HORSE. Nothing more, nothing less.

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post #3 of 15 Old 08-10-2009, 08:45 AM
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Just remember to have fun and listen to your instructor. :)
In my group lessons we w/t/c all together but we don't ride in a line thankfully.
And then everyone jumps individually while the others watch. It's cool though because our instructor makes the fences higher for the people who are ready for them. :)
And I agree with MIEventer. :)
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post #4 of 15 Old 08-10-2009, 12:08 PM
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well said, MI.

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post #5 of 15 Old 08-10-2009, 12:20 PM
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Riding isn't about looking good or pretty infront of others. Who cares what others think? It is about the connection between your horse, and you.

I guarantee you, that if you focus so much on impressing others in the same lesson with you on your "riding skills" you will far apart. Your horse will feel the disconnection and get frustrated, you will be thinking about things that you shouldn't be and mistakes will occur, and occur and occur - you'll end up looking a fool infront of them, when you were focusing so much on looking fabulous

Riding lessons isn't about any of that. It is about learning, growing, maturing as a rider - so that you can be that much better for your horse

IT IS ABOUT YOUR HORSE. Nothing more, nothing less.
Yes - and chances are everyone else will be busy worrying about themselves/their horse, too busy to give a hang about how you/your horse look. Just relax and enjoy
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post #6 of 15 Old 08-10-2009, 06:13 PM
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Someone told me something very profound once, and I've never worried about what others have thought of me since. He said, "You wouldn't worry so much about what people think about you if you knew how little they did". Just enjoy yourself and concentrate on improving your riding.
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post #7 of 15 Old 08-10-2009, 10:05 PM
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I ride in front of lots of people all the time, and my lessons happen right when all the campers are eating lunch, which is right in front of the dressage ring where my lessons are. If you're really focusing on the instruction and your horse, which you should be, you'll forget all about the people watching. I assure you.

Don't worry about it, or like MI said, you'll fall apart.
Good luck!

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post #8 of 15 Old 08-11-2009, 03:40 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, Its offically conferemed and also I will be the only rider with their horse there, so this will be very excited. Im going to focus on Christine and Sue (my instructors) and Chinga completly. I just found out we are jumping! This will be great fun, I'm hoping that he is okay with the other horses. Although I'm 99% sure he will be. He loves Billy. I was talking to my instructor about it today and she said "Its your time to shine Maddie just focus on you and Chinga and you'll be fine" I'm taking her advice in and everyone elses.

When Riley and Brea had their horses at the lesson everyone was all over them and their horses while tacking up, they thought it was the coolest that there were other horses in the arena apart from the school horses, I'm just going to let them have a pat then politly ask them to go tack up their horses. As I don't want a fuss made over him. Because he then become Cheeky.

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post #9 of 15 Old 08-12-2009, 07:24 PM
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Just relax, you'll do fine! The more you 'freak' the more Chinga will...

Might I also suggest not working Chinga in the morning, as well...he's going to have enough extra stress that afternoon, let alone you riding and working him in the morning as well. Maybe do some ground work, or spend some time playing with him on the ground, but save your riding time for the lesson...

Good luck!

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post #10 of 15 Old 08-12-2009, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, that's a smart idea. We did our last jumping practise before the lesson so he isn't warn out of jumping. Or should we do small jumps on Friday?

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