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post #1 of 8 Old 02-03-2008, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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First lesson for horseback ridin! :D

Hey everyone, I am takin lessons now... and my first lesson was a complete BLAST!! OMG SO MUCH FUN!!! I rode bitless on a horse who was a well trained mare about 15yrs old, I had trouble the first 20 minutes because it was my teachers horse and I quess she spoiled it so I had a pain in the Butt time trying to get her to turn and just basic walkin lol because the dang horse would keep goin back to my teacher lol which me and her got a big laugh. Luckily I finaly got the horse to listen to me ... Anyways after the basics, we went trail ridin which was the BEST!!! So relaxin, I mean the view was awsome the horse had a nice and easy step, and I just felt really good!

I got a question tho, When I tried to trot I had problems because my feet keep slippin out and I have to stop and fix them.. My teacher said I need to put my weight on my heels but that is very hard..

How do I fix this problem?
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post #2 of 8 Old 02-04-2008, 12:02 AM
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Sink in to your heels through your legs. You were probably gripping with your knees, so relax through your legs and imagine a weight is attached to your heels, pulling them to the ground.
Sally Swift, one of my favorite horse training authors, said to imaine your legs are like a wet cloth, and they should just hang there unless they are giving an aid, so they should not be gripping. Your legs are only a small part of balance, the real balance comes from your seat, which will come with training and time spent in the saddle.

Congrats on your first ride though!! That's awesome!


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post #3 of 8 Old 02-04-2008, 01:33 AM
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congrats on your lesson! Ya I have that problem too, and im finally starting to figure it out kinda. I think it has a lot to do with leg muscle to and being able to control it. I found out after taking some lessons that I DO NOT have strong leg muscles at all lol, I could barely hold a post for more than a couple steps geez :o
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post #4 of 8 Old 02-04-2008, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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Ya I don't know what was goin on with me, I know it will take time for me to get it right, it was just annoyin tryin to trot and all of a sudden my feet decide to just fly out lol.. Thank god all I got to do is pull the riens alittle bit and say "easy up" and the horse went to a walk..

I think the horse was laughin at me!!! :P
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post #5 of 8 Old 02-04-2008, 03:07 PM
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hehe it's so funny because I have felt the EXACT same way....
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post #6 of 8 Old 02-04-2008, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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^ You might be my long lost twin! 8)

I think I know what I have to do now to be able to trot, I got some advice from my family and friends sooo I think I can do it next time I go ridin 2 weeks from last saturday :( so long away.......... stupid ACT test, I got a 18 on it last time because STUPID ME toook my time on all the sections and messed up!!

I CAN NOT WAIT TILL NEXT NEXT SATURDAY WOOHOO! 8)
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post #7 of 8 Old 02-04-2008, 05:34 PM
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Aww that's great!! Glad you're having fun!
Soon you'll be super addicted! LOL!
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post #8 of 8 Old 02-04-2008, 07:23 PM
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twins...hmmmm lol

Good luck on your ACT test. Personally never took it lol.

Let us know how your next lesson goes!
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