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    07-22-2013, 11:25 PM
I'm all for grabbing the mane--no problem with that :)... When I started doing 2 pt again, I had to grab the mane-- and at the sitting trot, otherwise I'd just lose my balance because I'm just building legs.
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    07-23-2013, 02:35 AM
I'm building legs at this point and I must do my 2 points grabbing mane! :)
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    07-23-2013, 08:43 PM
Originally Posted by Fayewokf    
After 12 years hiatus, I'm back to the dark side and enjoying every minute!!

One of the big issue my trainer said I have was my hands when trotting. It tends to go up and down with the trot. Which is absolutely horrible.. I kinda member this comment way back the as well. Is this a common beginner issue? Any suggestions on fixing it? I keep this in mind, but there are a gazillion things I have to think about when riding...

Also,lesson horses- are they all lazy and not wanting to move?? My muscles are not strong enough to squeeze yet, so I have to kick him "left right, left right" to make it walk faster. I felt like I have to squeeze every time I sit down on the trot or else he won't continue to trot. Let lesson (very first after the long long break), I only had to trot little bit. This week, she had me ride in the big arena, and trotting half of it (not quite doing circles yet) and why was it difficult to turn in the middle of the ring and to have him stay on a straight line and continue trotting difficult?? I did it but it was hard work!!!

Any tips? I can't wait till I can canter again!
That means you are to stiff in your position. I wouldnt be alarmed because its something that I think every rider goes through as you learn and perfect your position at all 3 paces. Try to focus on relaxing your shoulders and your elbow to allow yourself to follow you horse's motion. Over time it will happen naturally.
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    07-23-2013, 10:54 PM
I think I am stiff... I am not afraid when I'm on the horse, I do get a bit frustrated because of my inability to make my cues understandable to the horse, and may translate into stiffness.
    07-23-2013, 11:38 PM
Yeah you are carrying tension in your body, likely your elbows and lower arms.
    07-23-2013, 11:51 PM
Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
Yeah you are carrying tension in your body, likely your elbows and lower arms.
Maybe the more I rides will relax?? I'm not scared or nervous.. I wonder why I'm so stiff and have tension
    07-24-2013, 02:40 AM
Can you do exercises on a lunge line? Like ride airplane style with no reins, windmilling arms slowly, taking the feet out of the stirrups and circling your ankles? I did a lot of this stuff at one point, and it really helped my balance and confidence with my seat. My dependence on my different aides was more even, instead of having to be sourced completely by the back...
    07-24-2013, 01:23 PM
I can ask my trainer, I don't think I've ever done lunge line exercise.. I did the ankle rolling thing but not on lunge line. No I do quite a it of work without stirrup as well,
    07-24-2013, 03:43 PM
You will relax in time and your lesson horse sounds perfect for you right now. Yes, his type needs a little more leg to keep going but he's very forgiving of busy hands, wiggly butts and stiff bodies. Riding a horse is developing new muscles and as you are discovering- very mental. You have to think about so much (especially when you are just starting out). You'll get there... I promise!
    07-24-2013, 07:47 PM
Originally Posted by Fayewokf    
Maybe the more I rides will relax?? I'm not scared or nervous.. I wonder why I'm so stiff and have tension
Well I found that you have to actively tell yourself to loosen up because it's a very natural reaction to be tense and stiff when you first start riding a horse because a horse moves around instead of a car that just kind of stays put and is turned via steering wheel.

The horse moves which moves you, sometimes in a way that feels like your'e being flung around. Your reaction is to tense, to absorb the movement but you do it in such a way that it kills the horse's energy and/or causes the horse to brace.

So you need to loosen up, follow the horse's movement, pretend he is made of sand and sink your seat bones into him, and just enjoy the ride.

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