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post #1 of 13 Old 09-01-2012, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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My riding journey.

I have decided to make a journal so that I can look back and see how I am progressing.

I'm going to start off by saying a little about myself.
I'm Jamie-leigh, I'm 15 and I live in Ireland. I have always loved horses since I was no age, I started riding when I was about 8(?) but due to family problems I had to stop after a short while. A while after I started riding again at a different riding school, I clicked with the instructor and I learned a lot. Unfortunately I stopped again, then about 2 years ago I started back for a while and then I was advanced enough to loan my first horse, Dealer- a 16hh, heinz 57 although there was definitely some trotter in him as he has the most extravagant trot but not so great a canter. After 8 months he had to go back to his owner:( so that brings me up to July last year when I stopped(yet again).

This time now money is not an issue and I plan to stay at it, for good and this time nobody can stop me!
I have had 2 lessons in the past 2 weeks and I already have my trot mastered and my confidence issues have left the building!
I am currently according to the yard owner in trainee instructor position, she made it very clear that with hard work I will get places and she will help me there.
I'm glad that I have been given this opportunity and I will try my hardest to please!
If at any point anyone has anything to say please just say it:)
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post #2 of 13 Old 09-03-2012, 04:31 PM
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that's awesome that you finally feel consistent with your riding good luck and ask questions
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post #3 of 13 Old 09-08-2012, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
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Had my third lesson this today, it didn't go as planned.

I didn't go as well as I did last week, heels weren't as good,kept cutting corners and sitting trot with stirrups was quite horrible lol.

Any advice for sitting trot as we will be doing a lot more of this?

Also, my ankles were quite sore after a short time in the saddle, any ideas why?
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Had my third lesson this today, it didn't go as planned.

I didn't go as well as I did last week, heels weren't as good,kept cutting corners and sitting trot with stirrups was quite horrible lol.

Any advice for sitting trot as we will be doing a lot more of this?

Also, my ankles were quite sore after a short time in the saddle, any ideas why?
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I wouldn't know what to say about your ankles but there is a couple of other threads about that. As for the sitting trot try to make yourself really heavy in your seat and just think about pressing yourself down into the saddle really deep.
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post #5 of 13 Old 09-29-2012, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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Had my 4th lesson today, trot has improved and ankles are down.
I'm quite disappointed in myself because I didn't do as well as I had hoped. I had a different person teaching today, I think that's why. I might ask the Yard owner if I can be taught by the girl I had:)

I'm thinking about getting lessons at a different yard as well during the week then this at the weekend.
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post #6 of 13 Old 10-10-2012, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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5th Lesson Today. I was riding at a different place than before, my old yard:)

I think I did really well, trot was great and the heals were spot on!
I even cantered down the long side and popped a cross pole, I didn't want to do to much as I was on a pony that was too small. The instructor said it wasn't but I'm not to sure lol.

In this one lesson I feel like I have came on much much more than in any of the previous!
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post #7 of 13 Old 10-10-2012, 07:07 PM
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Welcome aboard the member journal Jamie-leigh. Looking forwards to seeing how you do with riding!
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post #8 of 13 Old 10-12-2012, 01:29 PM
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Are you still having trouble with your ankles?

My right ankle would always bother me and I think me and my instructor finally figured it out last week. I've been putting too much weight onto my ankles when posting instead of gripping with my thighs. When I fixed this, the pressure from my ankles was relieved.
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post #9 of 13 Old 10-14-2012, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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Last time I rode my ankles were fine, I was lifting more with my core instead of 'standing'. I was riding a pony and had to ride with my feet turned out like a penguin and it actually help a lot with my canter.

I'm not sure if I should go back or not, I feel like I'm too big for their horses. Well I say horses but they are ponies, the pony didn't seem to have any problems at a trot or canter but I wouldn't feel comfortable working him hard.
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post #10 of 13 Old 10-30-2012, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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Good news, a friends mum has kindly let me ride her horse in lessons!
I will be back tomorrow and update you all!:)
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