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        11-17-2008, 11:41 AM
    Ive been working on geting better in lopeing and passing other horses
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        11-18-2008, 09:40 AM
    Green Broke
    I have to build up the courage to lope. I had once, but not since then. Last lesson was more about the new saddle I got, but we're working on maintaining a nice steady slow trot.
        11-18-2008, 09:55 AM
    Green Broke
    Hey mox, did you ever get your stirrups to straighten so it doesn't hurt your knees?
        11-18-2008, 10:17 AM
    Green Broke
    I actually just brought my saddle home (from the barn) yesterday, I pulled the fenders down last night. I have a lesson on Thursday (depends on if I have to work), at which point I will get the stirrups measured out for me, then I will bring the saddle home again, and get the stirrups twisted.

    We had a problem with the holes not lining up with the belvins last lesson, so we were thinking we'd have to punch more holes, but now that I've pulled the fenders, I don't think we'll need to.

    Stirrup position is honestly the hardest part of my lessons. They're either too short, and they hurt, or they're too long and I get paranoid that I'm going to fall out the saddle. My last lesson was rough, after the lesson BOTH my knee's and ankles hurt, which is rare for me, as it's only my right knee and ankle that normally hurts. So hopefully we'll get things worked out so I can ride without such pain.
        11-18-2008, 01:03 PM
    I have bum knees from being a runner, so I feel your pain. I have to adjust the stirrups every time, since other people use Hank's saddle. It's amazing how much difference one little hole can make! ;)
        12-10-2008, 12:04 PM
    Am riding western its lots of fun me and my horse love it!!!!
        12-10-2008, 01:44 PM
    Super Moderator
    Ah... I like western too! Tell me about your horse
        12-10-2008, 05:42 PM
    Well, I am actually learning proper care of foals. But, the lessons are from our instructor at my family's barn, so I wouldn't really consider it "lessons."

    I just learned how to perfect my turns around barrels.
        12-13-2008, 07:43 PM
    Well today I went to my trainer's for a lesson. Haven't ridden in a couple weeks so.. yup. XD

    If Gizmo were to ever get involved in cutting, he would make one good cow. Lmao

    As I think I mentioned on here awhile ago, I was having some trouble with oncoming traffic in warm-up rings and such. Well, I thought we had conquered that... apparently not. I was warming up and we're coming at this other horse and Gizmo reverts back to his ways of drop the front end and spin to the side. Yaaay. So of course I get a little nervous and once we get back to passing that horse I tense up, he goes spin.

    My trainer notices this and his daughter gets off that horse Gizmo was being dumb about and my trainer gets on. Comes dead at me. Oh joy. Me being me, I try to just kinda turn away and escape the badness to come. Trainer won't have that. He's coming at me, at a walk mind you, all directions, messing with his horse and all that whilst I'm a nervous wreck and Gizmo dropping and spinning every which way.

    So my trainer talks to me, torments Gizmo and I which is really what we need. Starts jogging around me, then his horse did something so he got after it. Well it reared and was just being a little idiot so Gizmo was like OMG WE'RE going to DIE. Scoots and spins around and I'm goin' along with him trying to calm his stupidness down. Trainer gets his horse to chillax and we go back to our fun. It took probably about 10-15 minutes of me being jerked every which way - down, up, left, right oh the fun of it. Finally, I started to get mad because I embraced the fact that hey, I haven't fallen yet so obviously if I can handle all that I'm all right. So, I started doing what I should have been and when Gizmo went one way, he met the nice shiney metal on my heel. And if he proceeded to keep on going that way to get away from that horse, that metal was going to dig in right back at him.

    Finally he chilled out and we were able to go around and behave ourselves while a horse is coming at us from all angles.

    Yay! That was my fun day. :) I also had to ride with one stirrup for a few minutes (trainer just came up and took the other one off. I was like o.o wth). I found out I ride better with one stirrup. Weird. XD
        01-18-2009, 12:52 PM
    I bought my first horse in November with only 2 lessons under my belt. I thought "Hey I can learn as I go." That was stupid of me. After having problems on the trail and discovering my confidence is really low I decided to take lessons. Right now with being a beginner we're working on my balance and my lack of confidence. I'm working on doing around the world bareback while walking, putting both hands out like I'm flying, that kind of stuff. Trotting without a saddle, now that's tough.

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