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thesecondchapter 04-15-2012 05:23 PM

English Riding Tips and Pointers?!
So basically I started riding English at the end of my forth grade year but stopped abruptly at the beginning of my sixth grade year. I trained in English for about two years and was actually pretty good. I had just learned how to canter when I stopped riding.
Right now I am 14 years old and am in ninth grade. I started going back to my stable during February of this school year and have been riding Western recently. I really want to start riding English again because I love everything that comes with it like dressage and jumping.
So I have two main questions:
Is 14 too old to start learning how to ride English again?
Can someone with experience please give me some tips and/or pointers for riding English?
Thank you so much for reading this it really means a lot to me :)

princecharming 04-15-2012 05:37 PM

14 is NOT too old

my one tip: get a trainer(: you wont regret it, and you will be riding correctly.

BrinkofSunshine 04-15-2012 09:47 PM

I'm 21 and just got back into riding English after 10 years.. so I definitely don't think you're too old!!

Before I started taking lessons, I watched a lot of YouTube videos to teach myself some of the terminology. The simple how-to videos really helped. I'm a visual learner, so seeing someone post on the diagonal, ask for a canter, go over a jump etc. has really helped me in my lessons.

And of course, find a good lesson stable! :)

KnB 04-17-2012 08:48 PM

you are never too old to learn how to ride :)
Yeah, definitely get a trainer and you will learn things twice as fast, you will get tips on the way, she can help you with up coming comps, correct your riding and help you out with problems if your horse reacts or starts playing up.
It's honestly worth the money. Ask around first for a good coach. I had 2, the first lady charged a lot and I didn't really get far in riding, but then she moved and she gave me her friend's number which is now my coach. She charges almost $20 less than the first lady, she fixes my horse like *that* if he plays up and she won coach of the year award. So really ask around and see who you can find thats really good.

Crossroadshorsefarm 04-18-2012 02:30 PM

Never too old to learn anything ;-) Good Luck! I just started learning to seriously ride english, I have been riding western my whole its a bit different!

Shropshirerosie 04-18-2012 02:33 PM

Ha ha. I am English, and didn't start riding 'till I was 30. I don't think you'll have problems with age...

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