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        05-06-2013, 07:45 PM
      #2991
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Saranda    
    I hear you! Got lunged today and my instructor got me practicing sitting and rising trot without stirrups and made me focus on using the proper muscles, not the ones that compensate for actually sitting straight and pretty, but wrong all the time. I loved it and I really want to get a lesson like this really soon, but I bet I'll be aching all over tomorrow!
    I'm doing a loping lesson this week on my BO's horse. I'm a greenish rider, riding my less than 90 days ridden 3 year old gelding. I can lope, but I've just been a little nervous about doing it on Walter. I'll do it soon.. I hope lol.

    Once I feel uber comfortable on Walter, and we start doing some English work, I want to do a lot of stirrupless work. It's a little tough to do in the western saddle.
         
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        05-06-2013, 07:52 PM
      #2992
    Super Moderator
    I've never ridden in a Western saddle, so I've got no idea how it is. The position must be a lot different, right? I'm from a country where there's no legit opportunities to learn Western, apart from a couple of string ride places who use Western saddles for beginner trail rides, but that doesn't count. It's all English or nothing. A pity, though, because I'd love to try out some Western disciplines with my gelding - he seems to have a nick for cutting, for example, as he's a natural when it comes to herding around and cutting other animals away from their groups.

    I suppose that loping means the same as cantering, just a bit slower, right? If so, I'm absolutely sure you'll love it on Walter. It's my favorite gait, although my boy still faces a lot of schooling regarding canter. :) He's eager, but a bit unbalanced and can be a little hard to stop in trails once we hit higher speeds, as he's a speed freak and would love just to gallop all day long, if given the choice.
         
        05-06-2013, 07:58 PM
      #2993
    Foal
    Wait… What??? There's a thread for us 20 something's?!

    Looks like I'll be posting on here now!!
         
        05-06-2013, 07:59 PM
      #2994
    Green Broke
    I never realised it would be so difficult to get back into horses after a 5 year hiatus and moving states. It is so frustrating that nothing is going fast. My horse is still in missouri which is three hours away one way. Im rebuilding my tack collection and have two saddles but its no where near what I had before. Ugh just needed to rant.
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        05-06-2013, 08:27 PM
      #2995
    Super Moderator
    No stress, Honey, just rant out all you need! :) By the way, lacking tack sometimes builds up huge and beautiful things between a horse and his human. When I bought my boy, all I had was a halter, a lead line and a whip. I couldn't find a fitting saddle for at least a couple of months and couldn't afford a bridle for several more. And that was a heavenly time! I could really focus on our groundwork and bonding, I came over my fears and balance issues in bareback riding, we went on long, lonely walks in hand and my boy only gained from the situation, being able to step back and relax after being an overused lesson horse too early in his youth. I still cherish the memories of this period of our lives and learned many valuable lessons during it, which I still use in our everyday relationship. So sit back and get the best of what you have! :) If your horse is now just getting to be a horse, I'm sure he enjoys it and will be as eager to get back to communicating with you as ever.
         
        05-06-2013, 09:45 PM
      #2996
    Yearling
    Proper loping is slower than a canter... What most people call a lope is the exact same as a canter. I use the two words interchangeably.

    Welcome Aggs! We're all crazy, but you are very welcome here!

    On the tack part, I am trying to figure out what I need to sell, and what I want to keep. I have three saddles and will probably try to sell two of them. The one, even though it doesn't fit me has a lot of sentimental value. I need to call my mum and see if she'll put my other two in the paper for me.
    Then my instructor has a student selling a synthetic dressage saddle because it's too narrow for her horse. My horse is fairly narrow so I might look into picking that up.
         
        05-06-2013, 10:20 PM
      #2997
    Weanling
    I didn't know there was a thread for 20 something's either. Lol I agree with being able to take advantage of having less equipment. I'm just now learning the value in that! :)
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        05-07-2013, 10:16 AM
      #2998
    Super Moderator
    Speaking of tack... I'm currently on a hunt for a plain and simple English hunt bridle. I need the simplest, the flattest noseband there is - no padding, no extra straps, no nothing - and it's so hard to find one! None in the only local tack shop we have here, so I went online, and most are ridiculously overpriced or with huge shipping fees. Or brown. I want black. Argh! But it seems I found a decent option and will order it - just hoping it will fit my wide-headed boy. I don't need anything special, after all, just a decent quality leather bridle for riding in a snaffle once in a blue moon...

    How does this look to you? - Cottage Craft Sovereign Lincoln snaffle Bridle with Plain Reins Black or Havana | eBay
         
        05-07-2013, 02:05 PM
      #2999
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Saranda    
    I've never ridden in a Western saddle, so I've got no idea how it is. The position must be a lot different, right? I'm from a country where there's no legit opportunities to learn Western, apart from a couple of string ride places who use Western saddles for beginner trail rides, but that doesn't count. It's all English or nothing. A pity, though, because I'd love to try out some Western disciplines with my gelding - he seems to have a nick for cutting, for example, as he's a natural when it comes to herding around and cutting other animals away from their groups.

    I suppose that loping means the same as cantering, just a bit slower, right? If so, I'm absolutely sure you'll love it on Walter. It's my favorite gait, although my boy still faces a lot of schooling regarding canter. :) He's eager, but a bit unbalanced and can be a little hard to stop in trails once we hit higher speeds, as he's a speed freak and would love just to gallop all day long, if given the choice.
    I am just so nervous. Last time we tried, I paniced and he kinda took off, and I bailed lol. I am planning to give it another go this week or next. He's a gentle soul, I know it's not his fault. I need to get blanace and confidence.

    That's too bad you haven't had a chance to try western.
         
        05-07-2013, 02:40 PM
      #3000
    Super Moderator
    It would be a good idea if you could lope him in a smaller enclosed area, a round pen, for example, or get somebody to lunge you both at a lope. That way you could focus on finding your balance and not worry about being taken off with or having to bail. :)
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