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        12-22-2010, 09:08 PM
    Input wanted.

    So just a little recently (about 2 or 3 months ago) really got into english riding. Since I had first starte riding part of me always wanted to try english riding but my mom had never ridden english before and she has been riding since she was three, so she said I needed to learn how to ride western first. I have been riding since about mid March of 2010 and like I said, there was always a part of me that wanteed to get into english riding, jumping esspecially.

    Anyways, I know the english riding and western riding are very very different. Since I really got serious about english riding and jumping I got a trainer and I know that, that is a step into eventually getting into the showing ring but I know it's going to be a while. Well it has been about a month maybe since i've had a lesson because where I live right now it has been raining so much and it takes a while for my trainers arena to be fixed up enough to have a lesson and I can't ride at home either because of all the rain and mud. My trainer said have a natural seat which is a good thing but with it being so long since i've ridden and have had a lesson, I know I have forgotten so much and I haven't been able to practice. I don't know what I can do because I do watch jumping videos sometimes but with not being able to practice I don't know what to do I'm afraid I am probably horrible now with my jumping and even the basics of english riding but is there really anything I can do besides watching videos and reading books and stuff about it?

    And it really doesn't help when "my friend" says, "[...]don't do english it's to hard and you'll get tired of it." When she did but I definetly won't I think it's soooo much fun and exciting. My trainer did say that the sooner I started entering in local competitions(nothing big and expensive) the better because I am 14 now and once I turn 18 I will be in the adult level of competition. I just need someones input and/or advice on how I can keep from falling behind anymore. I don't know much about enlgish either just what I have learned so far but like I said, I have forgoten a lot.
    You can reply to this thread or pm me because ANY adivce/help/ideas/suggestions will help and I will reall appriciate it.
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        12-22-2010, 09:15 PM
    Not really sure how you can keep on top practice without been able to ride properly but when I was little I used to have a wood dummy type horse it was for tack cleaning but was strong enough to sit on so I used to get the tack on it sit on and practice positioning etc with a friend criticising I found it really strengthened my position, but any other tips I can try give I will if there any thing specific as im english so ride english lol
        12-22-2010, 09:38 PM
    Thank you. I also need to work on strengething my legs so I can stay in my two point position for a long time and because my trainer takes away my irons for like the last 5-10 minutes of my lesson so I have to hang on with my legs.

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