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post #1 of 5 Old 07-19-2010, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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Never taught to ride..

I was never taught how to ride the "right" way. What I mean is, my Aunt taught herself how to ride. When teaching me to ride, she just said do whatever is comfortable.

I'm 21, have a three year old and can't wait to teach him to ride. As much as I'd love to take lessons, I'm so stubborn.. Has anyone else gone from riding their own way to riding Western? I'd love to (some day, far away) learn to rope, maybe play a little with Barrel Racing, but I feel like I am just completely starting over and I am not sure I want to. I don't know that I would ever get involved in shows, etc. but I'd like to just for the sake of my kids..

Suggestions on.. Well.. Re-learning how to ride? I won't be purchasing a horse for a few years so I do have a while to learn, though.. I don't mind starting with the bare basics - books, etc. and working my way into the saddle with some lessons..

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post #2 of 5 Old 07-19-2010, 04:57 PM
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First of all, you need to put stubborn behind you - it has no place around horses. The best way to learn is to learn right - not try to reinvent the wheel. Take a few lessons and learn what aids do what and how to move a horse with your seat, legs, and then reins. Too many people think that Western has less finesse then English and it doesn't.

To teach someone means that the teacher knows the subject inside and out, especially teaching a child.

(Just a side note, was the picture of your son taken at the T. Ed Garrison Arena in Clemson?)

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post #3 of 5 Old 07-19-2010, 04:57 PM
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I grew up teaching myself. I leased ponies and worked off the lease at the barn and aside from a few basic pointers, I learned everything from books, TV, internet, etc.

Before I started taking lessons I showed and placed as well as worked with problem horses.

However I started taking lessons last year on a consistent basis and my riding is improving so much. Even just having a pair of eyes on the ground that know what they're doing, you will learn so much.

You're not starting over, just improving. :)
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post #4 of 5 Old 07-19-2010, 07:07 PM
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I was never taught how to ride the "right" way. What I mean is, my Aunt taught herself how to ride. When teaching me to ride, she just said do whatever is comfortable.

I'm 21, have a three year old and can't wait to teach him to ride. As much as I'd love to take lessons, I'm so stubborn.. Has anyone else gone from riding their own way to riding Western? I'd love to (some day, far away) learn to rope, maybe play a little with Barrel Racing, but I feel like I am just completely starting over and I am not sure I want to. I don't know that I would ever get involved in shows, etc. but I'd like to just for the sake of my kids..

Suggestions on.. Well.. Re-learning how to ride? I won't be purchasing a horse for a few years so I do have a while to learn, though.. I don't mind starting with the bare basics - books, etc. and working my way into the saddle with some lessons..

I can't stand taking lessons less than once a week. I feel like i have no structure or direction. Sometimes I feel totally comfortable riding a certain way, the watch it on video and realize my position looks like crud.

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post #5 of 5 Old 07-20-2010, 01:42 PM
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I think Spastic Dove really hit the big point when she said that her riding has improved so much with lessons. You can sit on a horse and be a passenger, but to really learn how to ride and ride correctly, it's easiest to work with an instructor. That instructor can see and correct things right away that you might not even know you're doing wrong. Your riding will be much better much faster that trying to learn on your own.
On another note, you will find that your horse will be much more consistent and responsive the better your riding gets. The better you are, the better your horse will be.
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