Some of you may recall a couple of posts I made concerning English lessons. Now I finally have an update.
For the past five months now I've been looking for a job. I was competing with college graduates, people with much more work experience, etc for jobs-even at places like McDonalds. Yesterday I was called and offered a "walk-in interview", which I gladly accepted. I managed to be the first candidate to show up and I was immediately offered a job. ^-^ Since I have a Part-Time job which will allow me to save enough money to return to college this summer AND to take lessons I'll be doing just that, starting lessons.
I hope to begin next week (the mother promised to pay for the first week) and was just wondering if anyone had any advice.
I'm accepting any advice at this point. A little background information to help you out would be:
-I'm nineteen years old.
-5'7.5" and weigh approx. 105lbs (yay metabolism -.-).
-Ridden Western numerous times.
-Ridden English twice (once at a summer camp and another at a "try-out" for an equestrian team that I knew I wouldn't get on XD I had fun though!).
-Never had an actual riding lesson.
Alright, so in other words, I'm extremely tiny, not a lot of muscle...okay, no muscle, and completely new to English riding.
I don't know a lot of terminology when it comes to English. I just know they have those English saddles, bridles, and do two-point and post trot.
^That's about all my knowledge in the matter. XD
So yes, I'm open to any advice ^-^ Anything that I should know before starting?
Thank you in advance! Any help/advice is appreciated!(:
Don't be too hard on yourself.. and if you don't understand ask your instructor to explain it right away.
They shouldn't be rushy or annoyed with you because you're brand new at this.. so if you feel belittled, maybe consider a different instructor. A good instructor really does help.
I'm pretty sure the trainer(s) at the facility I'll be attending will be an extremely good. They travel to shows nationally and I've heard their students go rather far in the show ring. ^-^ But none the less I have about 5 other facilities lined up just in case.
Glad to see that there are new people taking riding lessons other then just me. Hope we both do good!
Riding is riding. ONLY the names of the pieces of tack are different. Be humble, NEVER think your questions are stupid, and you'll do very well.
You should consider getting some of the US Pony Club manuals. They are aimed at children, but teenagers and adults can find TONS of value in them and the books aren't totally dumbed down. I think the first two books are an absolute must for any new rider to the English discipline:
Horsemanship: Basics for Beginners
Horsemanship: Intermediate Horsemanship (C Level)
I agree--no question is a bad question. Trust me, I received a variety of questions when I taught lessons! My favorite... in the middle of a lesson, a 9-year-old stopped and asked me if she could ride sidesaddle. :D
My best advice is to listen to your instructor, ask questions, and HAVE FUN! You've ridden before, so you know the basics. Don't expect to be perfect the first time around, and remember that you're learning a new skill and you will improve with time and hard work. Also go in knowing that some lessons are going to knock your ego down a peg or two--horses are notoriously good at doing that. But it only makes us better riders in the end!
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