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    11-11-2008, 11:25 AM
First Lesson in Over 10 Years

On Saturday, a woman is coming out to the barn to give a group lesson to myself and two other women from my barn. I haven't worked with a trainer/taken lessons since I was 15 years old, and I'm actually really nervous! I know my equitation/form needs a ton of work, so I'm thrilled to be able to have someone give me things to work on and how to better work with Blaze, but I also am worried that I just plain suck

The woman is actually the daughter of Blaze's owner, so she's ridden/worked with him before, which is kinda fun. I'm hoping the predicted rain/snow showers turn into just snow, otherwise we might have to cancel.
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    11-11-2008, 11:27 AM
Sounds like fun! I've never been able to take any lessons. I'm sure you are much better than me. Have fun
    11-11-2008, 12:02 PM
I think you'll do fine. I know it's gotta be nerve racking especially if she knows the horse and has trained with him before...
But just remember the basics that you learned in your lessons before...

Oh and let us know how it goes... :)
    11-11-2008, 09:35 PM
Green Broke
How exciting! I can't wait to hear how it goes.
    11-11-2008, 11:22 PM
Thanks guys! We had a really great ride tonight but I've pinpointed some things I want to work on both in regards to he and I (his trying to drop out of a gait by popping his mouth forward and slowing down and liking one direction better than another) and my riding (sitting his canter well).

Let's hope it's good weather!
    11-15-2008, 07:46 PM
Lesson update! One woman randomly didn't show up, so it was just another girl and I, which was just fine. The weather held, and was actually sunny, windy and cold. I really like the way she structured the lesson:

Warming up
Stretches on horseback
Walking in 2-point
Trotting without stirrups for a looooong time
Walking/trotting serpentine patterns
Canter work both directions

I was shocked when she said the hour was up; time always flies when I'm riding. It was a blast, I don't think I did horribly, she had some great suggestions for me working with Blaze (i.e. To drive him forward into the bit when he's trying to pull against it) and suggestions for getting him rounder/more supple. I personally need to do a lot of work on my seat, because I'm pretty wonky at the canter. I also need to feel for when Blaze is trying to drop out of a gait, like canter to trot, catch him and keep him moving.

All in all, money and time very well spent.
    11-16-2008, 10:26 AM
Great to hear, see nothing to be nervous about
    11-17-2008, 12:16 PM
Guess not! However, both yesterday and today I am so sore that I get up and down from my chair like an old lady. My back is incredibly tight, my thighs, my calves, my ABS...
    11-17-2008, 06:57 PM
Owwwch. Congratulations on getting back into the saddle.
    11-17-2008, 08:55 PM
Originally Posted by RhondaL    
Owwwch. Congratulations on getting back into the saddle.
Thanks, but I've been riding pretty steadily for the past 6 months or so on horses I've leased-this is just the first instructing I've received in 10 years

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