Hey y'all. First post too, how awesome? I've been stalking here for a month or two, decided it was time to register. Anywho, tomorrow I get back in the saddle for the first time in about a year.
See, a bit of a background. Rode English dressage age 10-12 inconsistently, and then rode Hunter age 16-17, before meeting Paso Finos and trail for 17-18, all fairly inconsistent. Went off to college and planned on being on the Western Team, ended up taking about 2 months of a lesson a week with the reining/WP trainer, adored it, and then parents shot down the team.... I met a wonderful woman who owned 3 retired Working Reined Cowhorses and a 12 stall boarding barn, who was kind enough to take me in for 2 days every week, who began to teach me the ins and outs of owning and running a barn, paired with hours of mucking, grooming, saddle cleaning, pressure washing, blowing leaves every morning, arena raking, taking 12 horses out to pasture at 6am after applying spray and bell boots as needed, throwing hay, some more mucking, double checking everything, and occasionally a little bit of riding. Little did I know I even got a two hour lesson with a Jack Hennig, from the Appy World (https://appaloosa.com/association/hof/jhennig.htm) and many times talking with him without even realizing who he was until he left after my lesson. Got some trailering and show experience too, even got to take 4 QHs to a Veterinary and Chiro Clinic in Tampa, very cool experience. This amazing woman even working with me when I got it in my crazy head I wanted to be a Wrangler. And guess what?
I got a job as a Wrangler out in WY. She helped me put together a video, gave me an outstanding recommendation and gave me the motivation to get out there and keep learning. I didn't end up taking the job (parents again, something I believe I will regret for a very long time), but the fact she and a ranch had faith in me to lead a group of non-horsey people through the woods and plains was so encouraging.
But not being able to go left me a little too disappointed to show my face for awhile, and here I am nearly a year later, finally sick of putting excuses in the way of getting back on a consistent riding regimen!
I made a lesson for tomorrow at 9:30am with my old trainer (the one who used to coach the university western team), and I am so excited and nervous. My ultimate goal is to get into Reining and eventually Reined Cowhorses, with the Arabian breed and even more eventually train my own BLM Mustang, and tomorrow might just be a first step in the right direction. (: I plan on telling my instructor just that I am comfortable walk/trot and still working cantering, because I feel I'm still not controlled enough on the lope for reining, but it should go over great. Still so nervous though! XD butterflies.
I plan on posting here after each lesson, how it went, pictures, to have a "diary" of sorts of how I progress and encouragement and advice from members as I chase the dream. (:
Note: if this isn't in the right spot, go ahead and move it! Thanks!
A picture from about 2 years ago, after Paso's when I tried to get back into hunter and my trainer said I might like Western... It was a free lesson, so I went with it and never went back. I had so much fun- Western was everything I was looking for in riding. (:
Edit: Can a Mod move this to rider journals? I didn't notice it I was so excited to post. :3 sorry!
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