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post #1 of 9 Old 06-04-2013, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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First lesson in three years on Friday!

Alright guys, I finally busted through my nerves and called a local stable to sign up for some lessons.

To those of you who do not know, I have been in a few bad horse riding accidents that have left my body broken and bruised, as well as my confidence.

I simply adore horses and love riding but I have become quite nervous around them. It is hard to explain but I'm hoping you believe me when I say this is something I want to do, nerves and all.

I will be going through some changes however. I've only rode western before but now that I am changing stables, the instructor there majors in all english riding styles.
She wants to start me off in a dressage saddle. She told me over the phone that it has a very deep seat, similar to a western saddle, but you lose the comfort of the horn. Although, she did mention she does have western saddles there just in case I don't feel comfortable with the english saddle.

Anyways, I'm very excited and just needed to share my excitement with people who understand!

I'll update this thread once my lesson is finished and hopefully, I will even have photos to show you! You will probably get a good laugh as I can only imagine how terrible my position will be.
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post #2 of 9 Old 06-04-2013, 11:48 PM
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I'm happy for you!! :) Can't wait for you to get back on a horse. It feels magical

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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post #3 of 9 Old 06-05-2013, 12:13 AM
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Good luck! Hope you have a great time.

Life is like a camera. Focus on what's important, Capture the good times, Develop from the negatives and if things don't work out, Take another shot.
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post #4 of 9 Old 06-07-2013, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, so I lived!

My new instructor is amazing. She is very encouraging even though I pretty much flopped around like a rag-doll the whole hour.
She started me off on a lunge line in the corral. I didn't even pick up the reins. She had me walk in circles while I fixed my seat, worked on my leg positions, and do some basic stretches.

After about 30 mins, in the corral we headed off into the rest of the arena giving me full control of the reins. She had me walk the entire time while I weaved in and out of some cones and walked over a few ground poles.

So far, I just need to work on my hands and arms. I like to stick my arms out straight and turn by pulling the reins out, and towards my lower thigh.
My instructor is going to help me with my arms more at my next lesson. As of today, I was just getting used to being back on the horse. :)

My Dad was the designated photographer but he decided to stay in the car as he isn't a huge fan of horses but did manage to snap a few shots.

This one, he actually managed to take in the car while zooming in through the closed exit on the side. So blurry, as it was rainy and dark but you can kinda see.

These were taken at the end of the day. My lesson horse is named Sam (Samuel) and he is 13 years old. A complete sweet-heart for putting up with my beginner mistakes.

Such a great day and such a good boy!

Thanks for looking! =)
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post #5 of 9 Old 06-07-2013, 09:40 PM
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HOw refreshing to hear your unrestrained enthusiasm. I am always made to smile when I hear the newbie's joy.
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post #6 of 9 Old 06-07-2013, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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Aww, thanks Tiny! Glad I could make you smile. =)
It was a very exciting day. Even though I was nervous, I calmed down a lot after the exercises.

Fingers crossed that next week goes just as well!
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post #7 of 9 Old 06-08-2013, 10:15 AM
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Glad that you had a good lesson-did you like the dressage saddle?
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post #8 of 9 Old 06-09-2013, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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I actually really did like the dressage saddle!

I felt very exposed at first, but I found that I was able to feel Sam's movements a lot easier. :)
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post #9 of 9 Old 06-09-2013, 09:39 AM
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Great! Hope your next lesson is another good experience for you-remember-take your time-rebuilding confidence is just one baby step at a time.
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