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post #1 of 12 Old 05-23-2007, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Feeling down about riding...

Did you ever think that you're never gong to get to a high level in riding? that's how I feel. I started at a late age (14), and sometimes, when a lesson doesn't go all the way I want it to, I just feel, y'know..like I'll never get too the high standard I want to be.
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post #2 of 12 Old 05-23-2007, 03:00 PM
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I feel like that quite a bit. I started riding when I was 15 (I'm almost 18 now.) and I now own a completely green 4 year old, and riding him can be discouraging. I do know how you feel, but try to keep your head up :]
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post #3 of 12 Old 05-23-2007, 11:39 PM
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It is HARD!!!!! :(
i know what it's like. I started riding when i was 9 but i never had any lessons. I taught myself to ride and did cattle work and trail rides. Then when i was about 14 i bought a newly broken mare. She was really quiet but being newly broken i had a lot of problems with her and since i had NO experience with green horses i almost gave up!!
I kept thinking i shouldn't have bought her and then i would have a really good ride on her and forget all about my doubts!

I still doubt myself now and i'm now 17! I have a really good ride and i feel like i could tackle anything or any horse but then i'll be on some crazy/spooky/excitable horse and i'll suddenly think I CAN'T DO THIS! :(

The key is to just keep on riding and doing your best. Take the hard times as best you can and remember the good riding experiences. Also remember that if things aren't going your way then it has to get better sooner or later!

Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and, once it has done so, he will have to accept that his life will be radically changed.
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post #4 of 12 Old 05-24-2007, 01:15 AM
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hmm i agree.

first time on a horse was when i was 6. Got my own horses 6 years ago. had lesson for 4-5months full on.. Have not had lessons now for 4 years.

People cant believe how good i look ( i hate boasting )..while im riding. My enlignment is perfect. Benny is working round and tracking perfect.. Dunno what i must be doing. I just ride!

I would love to get high in dressage, Its my dream and no matter what people say about me and my horse im not going to give up!

Sometimes you just have to listen to you're heart.
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post #5 of 12 Old 05-24-2007, 04:17 AM
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yeah i feel like that last year i was having lessons with a girl who was my age who does pc etc and has ridden all her life i thought i was ok because i started jumping small jumps in my first lesson. my mum rode alot when she was little did showjumping was pretty good she did some friendly internationals etc and when she saw me ride when i was trying out jerry she was like your crap you have been wasting alot of money. she is gonna teach me in the hols to ride jerry well because she is a qualified riding instructor (she passed it years ago when she was a groom) but the other day i paid for a lesson at the yard down the road and i nearly cried jerry kept napping at the gate and i couldnt stop him to do that...but i just keep working on it and very pleased when he doesnt nap which i got him 2 do once. but i do get sad because i really wanna jump but jerry prob is 2 old he is 25 and mum wont let me ride bonnie because she is a brill showjumper she won like 800 quid but then im lucky i got a brill horse like jerry on permanent loan
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post #6 of 12 Old 06-04-2007, 11:39 PM
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Not Up To that level

Hi my name is Sean I started riding about 3-4 months and i just started cantering 2 days agO and i thought it was grreat :P but then you have your friends talkin about how they do jumping and realy cool stuff. That makes me feel so dumb.
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post #7 of 12 Old 06-05-2007, 01:18 AM
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Don't get down. I wasn't jumping for ages! Make sur your basics arte well down first!

Sometimes i feel stuck and like i'm not improving because me and Sary have been togethr for 7 years. But there is always something more to learn if you put the effort into learning it. You can always improve
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post #8 of 12 Old 09-23-2007, 11:32 PM
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that happened to me. i turned my horse out for a few months and had a rest!!! works wonders. :) by the time a couple of months has past ur dying to ride!!!!
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post #9 of 12 Old 02-24-2009, 09:04 AM
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You have a great problem! But if you achieve perfection before you are 20, what will your personal goals be after that? I suspect that you may have reached a learning plateau, and just need to plow your way through, but enjoy it as you go. And don't worry about it.
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post #10 of 12 Old 02-24-2009, 10:15 AM
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Hi my name is Sean I started riding about 3-4 months and i just started cantering 2 days agO and i thought it was grreat :P but then you have your friends talkin about how they do jumping and realy cool stuff. That makes me feel so dumb.
Sean, don't ever allow people around you to make you feel bad about where you are in your riding.

I would far rather see a rider who learns their basics, strong fundamentals. Establishing a strong lower leg, a strong seat and learning how to use their aids properly - learning control, rhythm, walk, trot, canter, and how to do them properly - - - way before I see someone going over fences with unfunctional form.

Be proud of yourself and where you are. Take this opportunity to not rush yourself, to be sure you learn the basics first, learn to strengthen yourself in the saddle - beacuse when you do get to the point of going over fences...you will be that much better.

Jumping isn't the be all, and end all of riding. There are allot of people going over fences....but ask yourself "does that make them a good rider?"


To the OP - we all go through this! I have gone through it and still going through it.

Due to my TB's feet and going through corrective shoeing, I haven't been able to ride him all winter. My new Farrier has been working on correcting those angles of his and allowing those heels to grow out - so I have to start, alll the way back at basics come spring.

It is frustrating because we achieved so much over the season of 08' - and now we took huge steps, backwards.

When we get back in the saddle, I am going to have to re-establish my lower leg. Lots of work back on the lunge line, lots of hacking to get conditioned. I have to go back small fences to reconstruct our training.

Everything, I have to go back to the start.

But at least his feet are being corrected.
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