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post #11 of 14 Old 01-05-2011, 09:54 PM
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Hmmm...I'm at about three-four months training now and currently in the "taking a week off to recover from getting tossed for the first time" stage.=-)

I didn't have any training before I started so I was very green. I feel like I have actually come a very long way in the past couple months, but mostly because I push myself very hard. I started in a western saddle but have been in and out of an english to learn balance. I started with rainbow reins to learn to keep my reins even but graduated to split reins about a month ago. I just learned the one handed rein hold a few weeks ago (and it's giving me icky fits figuring out how to adjust the reins). I've learned two-point and posting fairly quickly. Have done lots of two point over poles to ensure its a solid two point. Lots of patterns and circles. I've only walked and trotted thus far...but they tell me I'm almost ready for a lope. We talk a lot about body position and balance but they tell me I am very good in both categories. I am blessed with very quite hands which is a plus.

I have one lesson a week and I feel that I'm progressing nicely with it...although I would love to have additional seat time to practice things. About once a month, I schedule an extra lesson just to clean up some things that I want to focus on. I also spend a few other days just hanging out there and helping around the stable. They appreciate the extra hands and I learn A LOT by just being there. =-)

Am a bit nervous about getting back on a horse next week but I know that it's something I have to do if I'm to regain the confidence I lost by getting thrown. I rode the horse that threw me right after it happened for about another hour but I was on edge the whole time.
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post #12 of 14 Old 01-05-2011, 10:19 PM
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You the person who had the horse rear and fall on her? Is that the fall you are referring to?

It's nice to hear that you are progressing along so well. It's always fun to hear people describe the learning experience. I tend to forget that one has to learn how to post and it isn't easy at first. It is so second nature to me know, but I remember my fist lessons and how I was always right on the edge of losing my balance, all the time. I had to ride the horse to the arena through the woods and usually tried to trot there, and I was constantly moving around,just barely catching my balance before I got to the point of no return. I only came off that mare once in 2.5 years of riding her., and I rode her bareback a lot.
But the older I get, the more often I come off, it seems.

The more you ride, the more you realize how much it takes to be a really good rider. When I first started dressage lessons I asked my then teacher, "How long does it take to become a good dressage rider?" Her answer was, "At least ten years". Wow!
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post #13 of 14 Old 01-05-2011, 10:37 PM
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Yep...that's me! Odd as it sounds, I'm dying to get back up to the stables but apprehensive at the same time. My doctor told me to take a solid week off to make sure the swelling in the foot goes down..which is actually good timing because it will take that long for my new helmet to get here.

I agree with the length of time comment. I do push myself hard, mainly because I want to get to a point where I feel confident helping with other horses and begin some lower level showing...but I realize that it's a long, ongoing learning process. I'm thankful that I have trainers in the local area that have national experience that I can draw from. It's a great resource to have that not everyone gets...so I'm counting my lucky stars! Between the three, they have pretty much done everything there is to do in competing so I have that support in whatever discipline I choose. Right now, I really like the idea of reining but have been told that to start, equitation and showmanship would be a great place to start.

Then of course, there is always the dream of winning the lottery so I can build my own facility and have a horse rescue with lots of horses...and lots of help! But then again, if I win the lottery, I can afford to hire people to take care of the horses and I can enjoy them! =-)
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post #14 of 14 Old 01-06-2011, 12:41 AM
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I just remembered the first time I came off in lessons. I had almost forgotten this. I was 18 and came off my horse while doing some riding without reins excerisze and the horse spooked and dumped me head over heels and I badly sprained my ankle when I landed. I got back on, finished the lesson, put the horse away and when I tried to drive home, I couldnt' put the clutch in with my injured left foot so had to drive home with one foot doing all three pedals (manual transmission). Next day I couldn't walk at all so went and had xrays and wore a cast for two weeks (no breaks but bad sprain) and hobbled around campus on crutches. It took a YEAR to fully heal!
Take your time.
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