1.) I would love to have someone more experienced along with me, but in the realm that I don't know anyone who's such, and am rather broke and can't afford to pay someone to come with me, its not an option.
2.) I'm not complete noob. At all. We've had...let me count..10 horses since I was little. Some I rode, some were lawn ordaments. Some were too much, some were dead heads, some were little angels. But I haven't ridden consistently in well over a year. And even then, it wasnt TOO consistent. It's been like..THREE since I was riding several times a week. And I WAS smaller then. Im taller now, and things that once seemd to work as a midget now feel awkward that Im bigger too.
3.) I took lessons. From a cowboy friend-of-a-friend. Granted, that was back when dinosaurs still roamed the earth (okay, okay, not that long ago) He never said anythinga bout heels. Keeping your lower leg away from the horse, yes, and keep your feet so you could lean back, but nothing specific about techniquw. More about just getting on, going, building miles, and reading the individual horse's body language and quirks to learn from.
4.) I've been in horse project in 4-H for a couple years, and was never corrected at a riding practice about my feet or cues. I never was told anything different.
5.) I NEVER represented myself as an experienced rider when I was talking to her on the phone about the horse. In fact, I asked if the horse would be suitable for someone who is definitely NOT an experienced rider, and she was all "yes yes yes definitely"
I was glad the lady gave me the tips she did
But kind of curious..she's only had that mare 3 weeks, and only ridden her once a week..So how does she know what commands she has/hasnt been trained to? And THANK YOU, FOR THE AWESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSOME ADVICE ON THIS FORUM: I've learned more from the people here's tips and advice then most of the books I read! You guys are AWESOME! Hehe