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post #1 of 9 Old 05-15-2012, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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learning to ride as a adult. need some encougment

ok so ive been riding now for 3 year for like 4 days a week before that i did like 2 year of just riding on the week ends. ok so i have a 5 year old horse named 2 bits. about a year ago he tryed to buck me off when i asked him to lope. my butt hit the back of the saddle. i got scared and wouldnt lope for 6 months.:( sence then ive had a lady trainer get him lopeing better for me. Some days are better then others. yesterday i couldnt get him to lope at all. the gurls at the barn basicly yelled at me saying get his head then cue. but when he would take off hed go really quick i guess didnt feel that quick but the gurl yelled about that hold him back he dont need to go that fast. when i did hed stop. then theyd yell cue him and hold. i think i confused him cuz he just wouldnt lope at all after all that. hed just do that jack hammer trot. witch makes me lose my blance and i allmost fall off. so to save my self i grab the horn.then they yell dont grab the horn. I was so upset. that i didnt lope the rest of the ride just walk jog. i felt like giving up. i wanted to ride a horse for such a long time. ever sence i was a kid. i dont want to give up. I love this horse to death. everything eles hes such a good boy. jog beautiful head allway down. sidepasses and pivits. Dose showmanship nice. I feel like the gurls at the barn dont undersatnd. theyve rode sence they were kids. i never got that chance. Has anyone eles had this promblem.

Oh they today when i rode with just me and the lady trainer. he did awsome. still did that jack hammer trot to start lopeing. but we did it. i feel a little bit better. but has anyone eles gone throgh this.
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post #2 of 9 Old 05-15-2012, 09:14 PM
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The girls at the barn need to mind their own business.

Keep riding with your trainer :) You can do this!
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I do not necessarily listen to the other girls at my barn unless I want an opinion. That's right, opinion, not expertise. I have trouble riding a canter. Horses bucking going into it is not unusual at all. I have particular trouble keeping a canter going with some horses because I cant stay out of their mouth when cantering and it pulls them back to a trot. You just have to keep at it in lessons until you can canter circles around your train
er. Like anything it requires practice.

Today I rode a mare who is so go, if I dont choke the reins she will gallop off with or without me. It is different but she had an amazing canter, and she even popped a lead change so smooth I had to do a double take. Her owner was staring it was so funny. Im very unused to a horse that go, usually I ride greenies or very very lazy horses.

So keep trying and practicing. You will get it eventually. :)
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post #4 of 9 Old 05-15-2012, 09:21 PM
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I don't think it matters when you learn riding. Some people who learn as kids are great riders, others are bad, and the same with adults.

I imagine they were just trying to help. If I saw someone with a horse running off I'd probably say the same thing. You can't get a good canter from a bad trot, and running into canter is a bad and annoying habit. If you've messed up your transition you should re-collect, steady again and ask in the corner. Running into the canter is a very very common problem.

If your transitions are your weak spot then just work on them, trot then ask for a canter, canter for five strides, back to trot, or walk, then canter again. I actually had far more success with transitions doing walk-canter.

Just keep at it.
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post #5 of 9 Old 05-15-2012, 09:24 PM
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If he's still new to loping I wouldn't worry too much about his speed. As long as he's controlled he may find it easier to balance if he has more forwards. I think you're dead right about confusing him! Go with your gut and if you need to hold the horn do so. I teach my students to hold with one hand if they need it then you still have the reinsin one hand.
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post #6 of 9 Old 05-15-2012, 09:31 PM
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If these girls were not you instructor& yelling instead of trying to be helpful, nicely ask them to leave you alone as it distracts you from what your working on. If that fails, tell them to mind their own business
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post #7 of 9 Old 05-16-2012, 10:20 AM
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Maybe they thought they were being helpful? Next time maybe just give them a wave and yell back "I got this, thanks" or "I'm good, thanks" so you're being polite but dropping a hint you don't want their advice.
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post #8 of 9 Old 05-16-2012, 11:15 AM
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KEEP RIDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Only take advise from your trainer as they now what level you and your horse are at and where you want you and your horse to be down the road...

when you get frazzled with the transitions go back down to a walk and work the walk/trot walk/jog transition and when you regain balance try trot(jog)/canter transitions again... but make sure you are balance and collected to push for the transition so you can make sure you set both your horse and yourself up for success :)

goodluck keep on riding :P
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post #9 of 9 Old 05-16-2012, 12:27 PM
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Just send the yellers their way...

I was self-taught as a kid (rode once/week on my own for a year or 2), then had a very VERY long break from riding, and finally got a horse (in fact 2 ) as an adult after handful of lessons here and there. Won't go into details about how much frustration I went through.

Last year I and one of my mares started showing (even though at the low level). So yes, you ABSOLUTELY can do it. Just get as much help and lessons as you can from the trainer!
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