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    05-19-2009, 02:33 AM
Talking My 2ed Lesson

Same horse, Breeze; different instructor, Jen. I liked Jen, she's cool. Easy to talk to, made me less nervous about the whole thing, and trotting is driving me insane. I'm just confused about the whole thing.
When I got there I was still a bit confused about what to do, since people like to do everything for me. Really not the way to learn. But I do know how to tack up a horse, I swear. I just....forgot I think it was the girl who assumed I knew nothing. She was maybe 10. I'm not a big fan of children, especially unrelated ones. So I wasnt rude, but I didnt want to do something wrong just so this very impaient 10 yr old kid could tell me off.
Then she slapped my horse. I understand I only met this horse once before, and in no way am I experienced in horse training. But last week she was nipping at me when I was brushing a certain spot, so I put my finger beside her cheek and everytime she turned her head she'd poke herself. I just held my finger there. Two or three times and she stopped. I see no point for slapping a horse when something like that works.
Ok, so anyhow, the rest of my lesson was ok. When Jen told us to do a posting trot, we did and I grabbed Breezes mane to help keep me off her reins. Jen says to stop, "You have great balance, let go of her mane". Yeah, sugar me up Haha, I let go and did lean on the reins a bit at first. But got the hang of it. I never thought I had great balance, so this was cool.
Oh! And my reading paid off. She asked what an aid is (are you kidding?). I feel like such a giidy kid who the teacher gave a gold star to, but she called it her Superstar answer (I am 21, no longer a child, but this made me so proud). My answer was "How we communicate to the horse."
I posted about my trot issues. I just don't get it. I will, and plan on upgrading to a few privates to help me along. Hopefully Jen can be my instructor.
My friend Nicky, who drives me, and was in last weeks class, she opted out. She decided she wasnt into riding, she had her fill of it as a teen. But she took a picture of Breeze and I after class and a couple of (very short) videos. Next week she is going to record some more.
Anyhow, it wasn't the great success as last time but it was good.
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    05-19-2009, 02:51 AM
Thats Great. I am learning trott too and I don't get it ^^
I remember my third riding lesson, a 12 year old(10-12year old) came and started helping me tack up. It was annoying because she put the saddle too far back and the horse I was riding got a very sore back for a few days....
    05-19-2009, 02:59 AM
Ugh, I think, after I was finished and untacking, that Breezes saddle may have been a bit too far back. Next time I'm just going to go in and do it myself. I assume I'll have Breeze, since she's everyones first horse until they can canter.
    05-19-2009, 04:56 PM
Glad to hear that riding lessons are going so well for you! Keep up the good work!
    05-19-2009, 05:58 PM
You'll get trotting eventually, it always just takes time

It's nice to see someone who WANTS to tack up themselves. I sometimes help beginners tack up, and it drives me crazy when they just stand there and let me do it. I make a point to show them, explain what I'm doing, and then ask them to do something (like I'll put on the bridle, but then just talk them through doing the straps))
    05-20-2009, 12:22 AM
As far as tacking up goes, I know how. That I wouldnt call myself a beginner at. Just the riding bit, haha. I did just stand there this second time more then I should though, she just kinda took over. Kids that age make me so nervous, ugh. But like I said, next time I know what I'm doing and I'll just do it.

Thanks for the encouragement everyone!
    05-20-2009, 12:40 AM
I teach little kids and NONE of them except ONE littler girl wants anything to do with tacking up - but I MAKE them do it.

Except my one little student, who gets everything done by herself before I can say "go get your saddle."

Makes me happy, lol.

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