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post #1 of 5 Old 05-30-2013, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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Basic Riding Videos on YouTube... Suggestions?

Hello allÖ Iím brand new to horses and riding (finally, after wanting to learn for the last 44 years!). My daughter and I are taking lessons together, and weíve had two so far. The first one I felt pretty good about, but the second lesson I didnít do as well because I was over-thinking everything and getting very tense. My poor horse was confused and didnít have a clue what I wanted her to do. :(

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone could recommend some good videos or Western riders on YouTube for me to watch to see how good riding looks. There are so many out there, and Iíd hate to pick ones that donít show proper riding. Iím interested in just the basics right now Ė sitting properly, walking, trotting, turning, etc.

Thank you so much for any suggestions you might have!
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-30-2013, 11:55 AM
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There is no replacement for good hands on trainers and hours in the saddle and getting tense and self conscious wont help you at all so relax and get the feel of the horse before you start worrying too much about perfection
I know nothing about western riding but there are some really experienced people on the forum who I'm sure will point you in the right direction
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My favorite video is western, and about cantering...but what it says also applies to sitting a trot, and even sitting a walk. I think a lot of videos emphasize position, while this one emphasizes movement:

This is a good thing to have in your bag of tricks if a horse bolts on you:

I like this one on teaching a horse to stop. Some horses don't need help, and a beginner shouldn't be riding a horse that needs help, but I think all horses should always stop well - and this helps me understand how to approach it:

This has nothing to do with basic riding, but I think it is a fun video to watch about riding:

Paradise Lagoons Campdraft - YouTube!

Good luck! Another good resource is the riding critique section of HF. Lots of folks have posted pictures and videos, and had comments by very knowledgeable people (and not so knowledgeable) to help them.

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Thank you so much! All these suggested videos look great - can't wait to get home and watch them!

I totally agree that nothing is more valuable than a good instructor and lots of practice. Wish I could ride more often!
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A number of years ago the first thing an instructor said to me was, "Tell me something. Do you ever breath?" I had to laugh but it made a big impression and made me realize how important breathing and relaxing is.
As you get more experience it will be easier to relax and relaxing will certainly help your horse too. Something that helps me is to relax first the shoulders, arms, hands, back, legs. When you think about it, it's amazing how tense one can be and not realize it until you start relaxing piece by piece. (This also works for going to sleep at night, or driving, or ?....)
Another thing to keep in mind is that it takes time to learn to sit a horse well. Don't be hard on yourself. You are going to have good lessons and tougher ones. Don't be afraid to ask the instructor to stop and further explain something if you are not getting what he/she is asking you to do.
Wishing you the best!
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