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ridingismylife2 08-18-2009 07:59 AM

My weekly lessons :)
****...I lost everything I wrote thanks to this piece of poop computer!!! :evil:

Anywhoo... I've been reading some of the journals here and decided to have one about my weekly riding lessons :)
I've never had a journal or anything , so I'm sorry if it's boring/bad/etc.

My riding lessons started yesterday after not having them for the WHOLE summer holiday (2.5 months).
The horse I rode was Salīs Surprise. It was my first time riding her and had a lot of fun.
At the beginning of the lesson my instructor told me that she needs to be woke up and that she needs strong aids/signals but she listened to me quit well :) She was really forward going and listened to very light signals and to my seat, so I was very happy! I only tapped her lightly with my crop at the beginning of the lesson so that she knew I had it. She is also hard to get on the bit but I managed it towards the end of the lesson. The only thing I didn't like was that she had a very bouncy trot which was hard to sit to with jumping stirrups.
We didn't jump but worked a lot on our 2-point and did some pole work.
First we trotted over 6 poles with long stirrups. First a set of three, a little gap, and another set of three like this:
(The brown lines are the poles and the orange dots are cones)
And then we did the same thing except that we had to slow down to a walk after the first set of poles and before the cones, and the go back into a trot before the next set of poles.
Next the instructor changed the poles while we had to shorten our stirrups into jumping stirrups. She divided us into 2 circles and had the poles like this:

We first trotted them, while getting used to the shorter stirrups and then cantered them in 2-point.
We also worked a lot on walk,halt,walk,halt and halt,trot,halt,trot using our seats and legs and with as little reins as possible.
There were only 5 riders which was awesome and I had a great time.
Some pics:

Sal's Surprise:

Too bad I didn't get any side shots of her, because she has ADORABLE white spots all over her body ( Can be seen in the last stall pic on her neck) I also got a few video clips but my camera sucks and they aren't too good.
+ My shirt kept rising xD

Next week we are going to start jumping! :D :D :D

ridingismylife2 08-18-2009 08:23 AM

I got a screen shot from one of the videos where you can see the white spots :D :

savvylover112 08-18-2009 09:24 AM

sounds like you had fun :D

ridingismylife2 08-18-2009 09:41 AM

I did :)
I was really happy mostly because I've had to wait such a long time for my lessons and it started out so well. :)

ridingismylife2 08-18-2009 10:40 AM

Short video of cantering Sal's Surprise (I look horrible and my shirt kept rising and no CC please.):

ridingismylife2 08-25-2009 12:15 PM

I'll update this later....

IheartPheobe 08-25-2009 12:44 PM

You & Sal look amazing! :) She's GORGEOUS!

ridingismylife2 08-26-2009 10:55 AM

Thanks IheartPhoebe! :)

Sorry this is late... :/

I had my riding lesson again on Monday and it was great.
I got there 30 mins early (like usual) so that I could get the horse ready for the lesson. I found out that I got a pony called Sultan, who I have never rode before. I've seen him being rode only a few times and wasn't sure what he was going to be like. He was already being used in the dressage lesson before my jumping lesson, so I went to watch.
I really didn't like how the rider before was riding him. She kept kicking him and "over riding" him. It's hard to explain.
I heard her friends ask her why she was doing it and she said that he wasn't listening to her and that he was lazy, but he was going at a nice pace.
Then my lesson started.
He felt weird after riding a horse last week because he is so finely built and small and his saddle is too small for me. xD
We first started out with some trotting and also trotting over poles.
My instructor told me that he doesn't like going on the bit and that I should really ride him with my seat and legs.
He was really comfy and very speedy, which was awesome. I have no idea how the rider before me thought that he was lazy. I even had to hold him back a little. His canter is really nice and even and all he needed was small cues.
Then we started jumping this:

First we only jumped the 2nd jump of the bounce and then my Instructor added the rest.
Sultans jump is very weird and I had to get used to it. The first time I jumped all the jumps, I messed up by jumping ahead. :(
The second time was a little better.
And thats it really. haha.. :)


IheartPheobe 08-26-2009 05:39 PM

Sultan is adorable! :) Glade you had a good time! :)

ridingismylife2 09-09-2009 12:36 PM

woops...I forgot to update this xD...sorry.

I'm not in the mood to describe my last 2 lessons, so this will be short.

Last week Monday I rode Sultan again. We just jumped a small coarse which went well. I'm just not a fan of his jump. He's only 7 years old and is still learning, but his jump is uncomfortable!!! I just cannot stay with him xD.
Here's the course: first a small upright fence, then a crossrail (drawn as a upright) then in 1 or 2 strides (horses in 1 stride and ponies in 2 strides) to an oxer, then a small circle, and then a upright with a filler.

This week I got Sultan again. I guess I'm stuck with him. :/
The beginning of the lesson was quit crazy. It was our first time riding in the big arena this year and Sultan and Maestro (who I used to ride) were quit jumpy and excited. Both of them bolted 3 times (at the same time) and the girl who was riding Maestro fell right into a puddle. Poor her. :(
All we jumped was a small xrail.
My form over the jump was HORRIBLE! I just cannot jump Sultan xD. I either jump ahead, or just have horrible form. :(
I had 4 refusals (3 were dirty stops, because he had NO reason why not to jump and one was because someone went behind the jump.)
He also HATES puddles!
Last week while we were cantering, he swerved so that he didn't have to go into the TINY puddle, and I really lost my balance and almost fell. Thank god I didn't.

pics (from video)
(and no, my instructor is not wearing a fanny-pack xD It's a microphone/speaker thingy so that we can hear her better.)

I'm kinda scared to post the video of this weeks lesson. My form is disgusting xD haha.

Here it is ( NO CRIT!): :O

The quality is crap thanks to the computer I'm using. :(
I really hope I can get a new one soon.

I've been getting some good news from my dad, and I might be getting my own horse in the near future!!!! So I'm really keeping my fingers super crossed! :D

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