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post #1 of 5 Old 10-06-2008, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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Round Pen Lesson

I went for my round pen lesson today, despite the fact that I feel like crapola!

At first I was a bit taken back because Dan's, the instructor, teaching style was a bit confusing to me. Honestly, I don't think I did very well because I had a hard time understanding what he wanted me to do.

Dan taught me how to get the horse moving, keep her moving, and turn her with just a lead rope in my hands. He made it look so easy and effortless, but once I got into the pen, wow. I almost fell over from being so darn dizzy!! There is a lot to think about when doing something like this. I had to focus on where I was in relation to the horse's body, my body gestures, and which hand I wanted to raise when wanting the horse to move, not only all of that, but I had to listen for the instructor's instructions! Oye Vey!

Over all I would say that I did pretty good. I made many mistakes, which resulted in the horse slipping and landing on her butt once (which I feel super bad about), the end result was having me in the round pen with just the horse, and Dan outside telling me what to do. At the end, the horse was completely calm, and even licking her lips! (some consider that a sign of submission??).

I felt pretty good after my lesson, and I feel that this is something I could benefit from in my riding career. Ideally I'd like to take 1 lesson a month coupled with my other riding lessons. So we'll see!

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post #2 of 5 Old 10-06-2008, 11:34 PM
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ya that sounds about right for round pen work,. congrats on havin learned something new :)
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-07-2008, 10:04 AM
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congrats Mox!

..yeah the dizziness really doesn't go away

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post #4 of 5 Old 10-07-2008, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
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LOL that sucks. I was pretty dizzy, but over all had a great time. I felt so bad for the mare when she slipped. :(

Also, it was my first experience with a gaited horse. It was funny to see her run, her feet reminded me of little pistons!

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post #5 of 5 Old 10-07-2008, 02:20 PM
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The more you do it the easier it comes. I think one of the hardest parts of lessons are just being able to understand what they are trying to teach you and then its like "duh" that wasnt soo

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