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post #1 of 11 Old 09-11-2013, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
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Smile First lesson today

I made it through my first lesson! It was my first time on an English saddle. My trainer likes to teach with one because she says it teaches you better balance. Looking forward to next week!
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-11-2013, 01:00 AM
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I made it through my first lesson! It was my first time on an English saddle. My trainer likes to teach with one because she says it teaches you better balance. Looking forward to next week!
What did you learn? Do share!
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post #3 of 11 Old 09-12-2013, 01:08 AM Thread Starter
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We worked on balance and feel of the horse and how it moves. She had me do exercises to get me more flexible. My favorite thing I learned was, "from your knees down is the gas pedal and the knees up are your brakes." It is weird for me that I used to just jump on and ride and now it's so formal learning to ride when I am older.
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We worked on balance and feel of the horse and how it moves. She had me do exercises to get me more flexible. My favorite thing I learned was, "from your knees down is the gas pedal and the knees up are your brakes." It is weird for me that I used to just jump on and ride and now it's so formal learning to ride when I am older.
can you explain "from the knee's up are the brakes" ?
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post #5 of 11 Old 09-12-2013, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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It is concerning my legs. When wanting your horse to stop she said to start by lifting your ribcage and squeezing your thighs, which will be the first queue for the horse to stop. My trainer is an eventer and she may do things differently than some.
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Nope, makes sense to me! It's hard for me to explain but I shift my weight in my seat to stop. I don't pull on the mouth or move/swing my legs forward, a well trained horse should be able to feel the weight in your seat shift and stop according to that.
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post #7 of 11 Old 09-13-2013, 10:41 AM
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Leaning back slightly, opening your ribcage and placing your weight squarely in your butt along with a general relaxation has been the cue in all the disciplines I've ridden in for the horse to stop. Leaning slightly forward, and adding pressure to the knees, calves and using the heel to encourage forward motion and adjusting for the speed you want has been the cue to move forward. Makes sense to me.
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post #8 of 11 Old 09-13-2013, 03:18 PM
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You can also use the thighs for a half halt cue, and can basically lock the horse down to a complete stop from just your seat. It's really cool, but in retrospect, a fly triggers their muscle movement so flexing a few of our muscles is plenty for them to hear! OP keep us posted on how the lessons go! Good work! :)
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Sounds like you are with a good trainer who is starting you back into riding the right way! Have fun!

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Sounds like you have a good trainer who is starting you out right! Have Fun

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