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post #1 of 26 Old 09-04-2012, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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Daughter's first lesson *pic heavy!*

I can report two good things today!

My daughter had her very first lesson today. I'm glad it wasn't me teaching her. I was there for encouragement and after she grew confident with the instructor, she started responding better and speaking up.

The instructor, who started me out when I was younger (and she still looks like she's 29!) introduced her to the horse, showed her the halter and how to put it on (and even had her help), showed her how to lead and brush and helped her tack up. She had my daughter help with the western knot.

Showing her how to lead

And then brush

Learning the knot

All aboard!

At this time, I ran off to go grab Raina from the field. I GOT MY SADDLE TODAY! Woohoo! And I wanted to see how it fit. It fit her perfectly! And it didn't crunch me up against the back of the cantle, which helped my tailbone a lot! Anyways, I rode Raina out into the arena and my daughter got a huge kick out of riding with mommy.

She was steering between the cones by the end of the ride and had such a good time. I came in with Raina and just walked around with her. My daughter's horse ended up following her for a bit (which she just loved, following mommy on a horse) and then she steered her away. At the end of the lesson, she backed her horse up when asked and shown and then dismounted and helped put KitKat (her lesson horse) away.

I think I'm in love with KitKat She took care of my little one, and the instructor was very thorough and careful. Next week, we are going to put her on a horse named Sweets...one of the horses I learned on (she's so old!) and that will be a great thing for me to watch.

I'm so proud of my little girl. She had a ball and really picked up on things very fast. She was out like a light on the way home though

The BO (my first instructor and now my girl's instructor) told me the saddle I had looked big. I told her it was a 16 inch. I also told her about the problems I've been having with my tailbone and how the flat seat and the extra room really helped with the pain. I walked/trotted and cantered Raina (at the end of the lesson) and it felt amazing. I still have some discomfort, but I'm not in so much pain anymore. It was a great day!
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post #2 of 26 Old 09-04-2012, 04:05 PM
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Looking at those pictures reminds me of when I first started my lessons, although I was a lot more nervous than your daughter, I'd say. My instructor says I used to stand about five feet away from the horse while brushing it and she always used to have to remind me to get closer.. she said she can usually guess who will stick with it and who won't, but she never could figure me out. :P

It looks like she had a lot of fun and I'm sure she finds it even more fun since her mom is into it as well. :)

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Awww, what an adorable little new rider!
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Thank you! She dove right in without hesitation. Her only issue was answering the instructor when she asked a question. And speaking when the instructor asked her to speak ("Say whao when you want to stop" or "Click!"). But by the end, she was speaking to the instructor and I'm happy with the progress she made in her first lesson.

I was really battling with the decision but I'm glad I went ahead and got her lessons. It gave me and Raina just some time to putz around (no training, just RIDING and relaxing...haven't done that in years!) and I loved walking around the arena with my daughter following behind me, smiling ear to ear.

We are going back next week. She didn't want to leave the barn and almost cried, but she was also very tired. Glad I chose this over daycare
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That is just too "awwwwwwww" for words! I love her little pink boots!

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She loves her boots...we got to the barn and she was all upset she got some dirt on them. It was too funny!
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uh oh i see someone is going to lose there horse soon ;P

keep it up mom you two are going to have something great to do together when she is fully capable :)
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Haha...there is a free pony at the barn right now! Except I would be getting WAY ahead of myself with that LOL

I can't wait for when I will be able to trail ride with her. Right now, riding in the arena with her is just as fun though. I don't have to worry about her (I pay someone else to do the worrying!) and we just have fun weaving through the cones

You should have seen her face when I came riding out on Raina. It was like Christmas came early.
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Very cute!!! Your daughter is adorable :)

P.S. glad your new saddle worked for you and your horse!

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She is so adorable!!!!!!!!! I love her pink boots!!!!!!! Enjoy, they grow up way too fast.
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