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    11-22-2008, 05:45 PM
  #1
Foal
The Journey of a Newbie Rider

So, I've decided to start journaling about my lessons, since so far, it's been a crazy journey for only 4 lessons. Lol.



How it all began

For the 16 years I've lived, most of them were spent with one goal, one idea, one dream and one thing I wanted; to ride horses.

Ever since I was little I'd draw them, imagine them, dream about them. Yeah, of course at the time most would have thought I was the typical little girl, but I never really grew out of it.

I'd never ridden before, save for a couple of trail rides at pack places, and sometimes my friends Bonnie and Brandon from Renaissance Fairs would let me help tack and untack their horses. They offered to let me ride, but I was afraid I'd be terrible.

By the Mid-summer after I'd turned 16, I pretty much gave up, I resented horses and people who owned them because I was jealous and angry with myself. No matter how hard I had tried, something always went wrong anytime I came close to getting lessons or someone offered let me help them with their horse. I grew angry with myself, and with the world; I was convinced dreams never come true and goals can never be reached.

A few months after that I stumbled across an ad on a horse website for a Friesian gelding that was for sale in my area. He wasn't completely stunning, or completely athletic, infact, to be perfectly honest, he was very average; I liked him anyway. I didn't give a **** if his feathering was thin, or his mane was short or he just didn't have enough pizzaz in his dressage shots. I really liked that horse, a lot more than any horse I'd seen in my life, I've Friesians before, I've seen a Gypsy Drum, I've seen Warmbloods, Lusitanos, Fjords, all variety of drafts... And a ton of QHs, Mustangs, Arabs and thoroughbreds.

I decided to E-mail the seller of the horse, asking if I could visit her ranch (10 mins away from my residence) I wasn't interested in buying the horse, she knew it too, but she let me come visit anyway.


The weekend I visited I met all the other Friesians she owned, from the babies to the yearlings to the full grown horses, of all different varieties too, some of them were the sleek type of Friesian, the others were baroque types. They were terribly friendly and at one point I came close to crying.

Before I realized it, she'd arranged with her trainer to let me take lessons on Ludsen; the very horse in the sale ad that I liked, I never even told her out of the five Friesians she put for sale on that site that it was him who I liked the best. Said lessons, costing only $20 for an hour.

So, that is the story of how I wound up with riding lessons on a Friesian horse.
     
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    11-22-2008, 05:55 PM
  #2
Foal
Lesson 1 : Look up!



Ludsen is way easy going, and even kind of lazy, he was easy to tack up and he's really calm and tolerant. I wore fitted jeans and shoes with a good heel, and my trained leant me a pair of half-chaps.

The lesson was kind of uneventful, we were on lungeline and I had pretty good posture most of the way through. (though I kept looking down, especially when learning how to post.) Learned how to walk, halt and post at the walk. She asked if I'd like to try trotting, but I decided not to.
     
    11-22-2008, 06:01 PM
  #3
Foal
Lesson 2 : B-E Agressive!


I am by no means an aggressive person, I'm very gentle, and passive, and here I am being asked to bully poor Ludsen! (Okay okay, so Luds is a 16.1 beast, but he's so sweet!)

Learning how to trot was pretty hard, even my trainer said it was hard for her trying to trot on Ludsen since his trot was so big and powerful.

The problem wasn't so much the trotting as it was; getting Luds to trot. He's big, lazy, and he knew I was too nice to be aggressive.

And when he did trot, it HURT. I was able to hold the rythm a bit of the time, and eventually the barn owner and her husband came in and actually complimented on how well I was doing for a beginner! :)
     
    11-22-2008, 06:17 PM
  #4
Foal
Lesson 3 : Quarter Horses are Lazy


For Lesson three, I rode Doc, a really cute buckskin Ex-reiner who loves. To. Eat. Ludsen had just been used in two previous lessons (one for the barn owner the other for her husband), and Doc was just as calm and easy going.

I've only ever 'caught' a horse once, and Brandon was with me at the time. His Gypsy drum just walks right up to him anyway. It was really weird when my trainer had me go and catch Doc myself, he didn't walk up to me, I just went up to him slowly while he was grazing and made noise to get his attention, then haltered him and lead him back up to the arena. He kept trying to eat along the way and everything, that bum. Brushed him off, tacked him up and got on.

Doc's trot was so much smoother! It was hard to get him to go though, my trainer had to give me a plastic crop-thingy to tap him on the shoulder with so he didn't try to slack off. Lol.

So, this lesson was very progressive for me; I got better at my trot, kept my heels down, my hands were at the right angle and became more aggressive!
     
    11-22-2008, 06:43 PM
  #5
Foal
Lesson 4 : Off the Line


I forgot to mention at the end of Lesson 3 I was off the lungeline for the first time, but I just walked around the arena. Then after that I cleaned and polished three saddles.

Anyway, this was a very interesting day to say the least. We got there a little late, and my trained was talking to a vet. She introduced us and we went to one of the barns where some new mares were being kept (there were 5 new horses that had been picked up from Quarantine that weekend 2 geldings, 3 mares) The mares were amazing, they looked like the Friesian stallions you see on horse calendars

The vet gave the new mares some vaccinations and showed me how to deworm them, and even let me deworm one myself.

Then, I went and got Doc again (My trainer let me choose between Doc and Luds, and I decided the easier trot would be best for now since I'd been off for a week)

We rode outside this time, and since there was no mounting block we mounted indoors and then I rode Doc to the outdoor arena. We did a little walking and halting. But, Doc being a lazy bum of a horse he is, it was very hard to get him to trot. My trainer resorted to throwing sand at his butt.

Which made him CANTER! At first I thought I'd spooked him, but I rode it out pretty well according to my trainer.

Anyway, This entire time I was off lead and controlling him myself in this HUGE outdoor arena! It was great! Even after being off for an entire extra week, my trainer said I'd actually improved a ton despite not riding for a long time. Where most people tend to take a few steps back, she said I seemed to take an extra few steps foreword in my time away.

At the end of the arena lesson, she told me to take a ride around the property, and it was pretty fun, especially when Ludsen came up and started pouting at me when we rode by his pasture. Poor guy!

Then, when we went between Teake (Freaky Teaky) and Sjoren's (one of the new geldings from Holland) pastures. They got him to start cantering AGAIN xD I managed to get him back to trotting, then halted him. My trainer laughed and was like "You're not a beginner at all! You can stay on and everything!"

After that I untacked Doc (on my own for the first time) and helped rotate the geldings through the pastures. Ludsen almost squashed me with his face when I went to catch him.


It was a fun day :)
     
    11-25-2008, 08:08 AM
  #6
Foal
It sounds like your going great . Keep up the good work and keep posting. When is your next lesson?
     
    11-25-2008, 06:43 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Keep up the good work!
     
    12-12-2008, 05:51 PM
  #8
Yearling
I like reading about your lessons. I haven't had a lesson in over 4 years (not showing off) and I hoenstly miss them. I can't watch myself ride and I missed riding with other people and laughting at our mistakes lol.
     
    12-15-2008, 04:02 PM
  #9
Weanling
Im not agresive either
     
    12-16-2008, 03:33 PM
  #10
Banned
You all
     

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