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post #1 of 11 Old 07-10-2013, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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What should I be prepared for before riding lessons? :)

Tips would be great. :)
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-10-2013, 07:20 PM
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You have to be more descriptive when you're asking a question.

But I want to say you should at least have a helmet ASTM/SEI certified helmet and a pair of boots with at least a 1/2in heel, an inch would probably be better.

Or are you talking about what to expect out of lessons?

Or how to mentally prepare yourself for lessons?

We need to know more in order to help you better.
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post #3 of 11 Old 07-10-2013, 07:32 PM
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Our pre-lesson routine.

1). Dressed in appropriate pants, boots, etc.
2.) Hair pulled back away from face.
3.) Catch horse.
4.) Groom horse (pick feet, brush, fly spray)
5.) Saddle up horse.
6.) Lunge horse (10 minutes each direction).
7.) Bridle horse.
8.) Helmet
9.) Mount and warm up (posting trot on the rail)

Trainer arrives.
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post #4 of 11 Old 07-10-2013, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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HorseMom1025: Thanks that really helps. :)
Raven13: Mentally and Physically (clothing). :)
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post #5 of 11 Old 07-10-2013, 09:32 PM
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Be prepared to learn.
Take the feedback for what is meant to be...to make you a better rider. Don't expect the instructor to tell you are wonderful if you aren't. Some people don't take criticism well. Don't be one of them.
Be realistic about the rate you are advancing. Never compare yourself to other riders. Everyone progresses at different speeds.
Above all, enjoy yourself, don't beat yourself up, and give your horse a good neck rub when you are done!!!
And keep us posted... : )
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post #6 of 11 Old 07-10-2013, 10:23 PM
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Be prepared for fun. Thrills, even. Moments of fear. Some disappointment in yourself, in the horse you ride, and in your instructor. A feeling of having conquered a mountain when things go great.

In other words: Be prepared for an adventure. Enjoy!
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post #7 of 11 Old 07-10-2013, 10:47 PM
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As for clothing, our trainer isn't picky, but I make Kitten wear jods and her schooling boots. She can wear a t-shirt or cami, but I insist she have proper pants and footwear. I don't like jeans when she rides English because it rubs her saddle and created marks.

Some riders also prefer gloves, but that is up to your trainer.

Also, if your horse is spur trained, have your spurs on. If you use an over-under (Western) or crop (English), make sure you have that too.

We're in Texas, so in the summer I make sure we have plenty of water/gator aide in a cooler to help keep my daughter hydrated. In the winter, I bring hot coco in an insulated thermos to help her stay warm.

Hope that helps!
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post #8 of 11 Old 07-11-2013, 12:29 AM
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Long pants and boots with a heel for clothes. Anything past that depends on if you're taking english or western type lessons and what you feel comfortable wearing. Your instructor can give you suggestions when you start lessons. Barns usually have some helmets you can use, ask before you go for your first lesson. You're going to want your own helmet though sooner or later. Also, bring water with you, especially in the summer heat.

Really listen to what the instructor is trying to tell you and apply it to your riding, as best you can. Be honest with the instructor and ask questions if you're not sure. Everyone has to learn the basics sometime in their life. Don't expect to be perfect.
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post #9 of 11 Old 07-11-2013, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
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Oh my goodness thank you guys so much this helps a lot! :)
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post #10 of 11 Old 07-11-2013, 09:58 AM
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It looks like you've been well advised on clothing etc so i'll skip to the good bit - the actual riding haha.
I've just started again after many many years (25!) out of the saddle - week 5 now and next week, i'm going to start cantering - woohoo!
I went and told my instructor to treat me as a complete beginner as i was under no illusions that I probably couldn't remember anthing, but have picked things up quicker than I thought (or hoped) I would, but go at your own pace and just enjoy. The great feeling when you've had your first lesson is amazing so good luck and dont be nervous (like I was) xx
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