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        08-10-2007, 03:33 PM
    Back in the saddle

    Not sure if this belongs in "horse training" but here goes anyways. So i'm just getting back into riding, haven't ridden in about 5 years and I had my 2nd lesson last night. I'm feeling a little weird becaue I feel like a beginer again when I use to be so good! I'm not quite a beginer, I still remember most things but there is one thing I am having problems with, because I'm pretty much re-training myself in this area. When I grew up, I had my horse at a ladys barn but she wasn't the best of teachers.. She taught us to sit slightly forward with hands and arms strait down and I was watching a video of us riding the other day, it was just terrible! Slack reins and a lot of hand movement ect.

    So now I am learning to instead of use my hands, have contact with the horse through my elbows and follow his movements. I'm having such a hard time with this! I just keep reminding myself that this was only my 2nd ride so I am doing fairly good, I just wish it was a little better! She jumps on him and he's so good with her, he looks awesome. Then when I ride his head is up and I can't get him to bend or anything uuuggh frustrating!

    Any words of wisdom would be a great help!
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        08-10-2007, 04:06 PM
    Ohh I know what you mean! I took english lessons a year ago on this roan mare. And she was perfect for her owner and then when I rode her I couldn't get her to bend, put her head down on the virtical, or anything. It's frustrating lol. Just keep practicing I'm sure it will work out with practice.

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