I've ridden on and off since I was 5ish, but never for more than a year at a time. Pretty much every time I get into horses my life changes and I have to put the horses on hold for awhile. Money is the main issue. I am paying my own way through college and I didn't save when I was younger. (my bad lol) So ya I'm not a very good rider because every time I start I basically start from scratch and I don't have any regular riding muscle either. On the same note though I've done quite a variety of training because of all the new starts. I started out eight lessons hunt seat, walk and trot, then took a few lessons from an auction, more walk trot, didn't ride for years except a few trail rides. Then when I was I think 13 I started more seriously into riding. I rode a year dressage under Shelly Day and learned a TON! She is fantastic. Then I rode for a QH circuit trainer and that was a nightmare, she was a terribly rude person to work with. I learned a little of Western under her, showed English Pleasure, trained a 3 year old filly, did some Clinton Anderson training. Rode an Arab bareback for a bit as she insisted I learn to gallop bareback. I slid off so many times it was ridiculous (I wasn't used to having nothing to grip!) and she told anyone who would listen at the stables that I was a terrible rider. She finally drove me insane and I quit riding for her, quit riding in general actually. I had no other close barn to go to. I rode a friend's horse twice but basically took a year off. Then I started working in a private stables, shoveling paddocks in exchange for riding. Strictly trail riding, and almost always bareback. They were Peruvian Paso horses though, so they were pretty smoothe. I usually used a bareback pad so I had something to grip. Did that for a year, then got too busy with college, dropped for a year, worked for her about a year again, then she moved. I didn't ride another year or so, then helped start an equestrian club at my college and took a few lessons there. Finally got some practice cantering, though only did it correctly once. I've cantered before but was never taught how to do it correctly. I galloped more than I cantered, and it's def not the same thing. I was just starting to go over ground poles and I was really excited to jump but then I had to stop again because I didn't have the money for lessons anymore. Now I haven't ridden for months again. I had jumped a few downed logs, but that's it. I set up a mini course in the woods at the private barn (there was no where to ride except on the trails) and that was fun to gallop over but I never counted strides or balanced the canter, etc. I do love that feeling of flying though! I want to jump sooo bad!
So ya, that's me. If you read all that you are awesome and I feel really welcome to the forum lol!
Oh and I also draw horses! Def check out my drawings in the other forum. When I couldn't ride, I drew :) haha
And I'm Jackie btw. Did I say that yet? I don't feel like going back to check.