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Gidget 01-30-2010 01:20 AM

running like the wind...not the best
Here are pictures of me riding gidgit.My riding is not the best. She was hauling donkey butt up a hill so a flew up in the air....she was getting into it..but here we are.

It may look like I'm pulling at the reins but they were just flopping around

we were turning to race back to the other end of the yard

and here is me and my twin sister with gidgit...I'm the one in the AC/DC shirt =P

vivache 01-30-2010 01:41 AM

She's so pretty!

The only thing I can think of to 'critique' upon is-- are you holding the horn for balance, or just somewhere to rest your hand? My western instructor joked about covering the horn in spikes so I couldn't grab it when I lost my balance.. he said that holding the horn makes you stiff like a stick, and sticks fall off. :P

Putting your hand up by your side like you are holding another rein is the 'proper' way to do it, and I feel much more balanced that way, even when riding fast.

tseluyu dylan 01-30-2010 01:47 AM

oh jeeze. marvelous photos. great short honestly. gidget is magnificent!

Gidget 01-30-2010 01:56 AM

"great short honestly"?

not sure what that means.

Thank you very much.
It was one heck of a ride and fantastic.

I was honestly trying to keep my balance when she and I took off running.She gets really fiesty and so I held on. I do need to put my hand on my thigh next to the other rein. I do look a stick! haha...I will work on that.


vivache 01-30-2010 02:06 AM

I think that she means shot.

Is there a slower horse you can practice on? When I was learning cantering on the appaloosa(Razz) I'm supposed to be leasing, he was too fast for me to relax and focus on my balance. I rode a more western-pleasure trained horse one time.. his canter was slow enough for me to feel and get a hang of just focusing on keeping my arm up.

Of course, now I ride hunt seat, so no horn for me!

Gidget 01-30-2010 02:13 AM

Nope..she is my xmas present and I LOVE HER!

She is a gaming horse or well she was used for gaming.
I am practicing my balance and there is a lot I have to learn but I am working on it and she is a keeper. I love her very much!

I know a suck right now...but all I did was laugh and smiled

tseluyu dylan 01-30-2010 02:13 AM

shot* yes shot. am on my itouch trying to type.
I think those are brilliant action shots of your fine steed:)

vivache 01-30-2010 02:17 AM

Gaming horses are right quick!

So there's no trainer you can go to? Anyone you can have lunge her while you ride? Lungework is very beneficial, and will reeeally help your balance!

Gidget 01-30-2010 02:51 AM

I have a friend who is going to help me. She is going to lunge her while I ride and make sure I am hanging on to nothing. I don't always hold on to the horn but when I asked her to run she took off into a jolt.So I held on just incase.

I took some lessons just for a week...came with my horse..but I have people who are willing to help me out if needed and I don't turn down offers.

I've been riding in a short amount of time.

Thank you..glad you like the pictures.

vivache 01-30-2010 03:00 AM

I'd learn your pulley rein stop. Don't run her until you are comfortable she won't bolt. If you're holding onto the horn, what're you gonna steer with? :P Work on walk-trot and getting her to stop and downward transition. It's quite dangerous for a new rider to be on a quick horse without a good stop, especially one trained to go FAST and turn on a dime. My bashed hip is proof that it doesn't end well!

On the plus side, your heel does look good, but it looks like your entire lower leg was off of her? I'm a knee-gripper, too. :P

Glad to hear you have people willing to help you-- it's essential for every rider's safety and progress to have eyes on the ground.

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