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post #11 of 20 Old 05-24-2014, 12:37 AM
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You are doing really well for 4 lessons. We can't know what your instructor means when she says you are a "natural"--it is a nice encouragement, and she's probably picking up on things that are not easily seen in still photos, like your attitude and work ethics, for example. However (and it is a big "however") being a natural doesn't mean being perfect, or that one doesn't have anything to learn. Saying you are a natural probably means that with many more lessons and hard work and dedication your love for horses and riding will likely result in you becoming a really good rider / horsewoman. Hang in there! You are doing great for only 4 lessons.

I think many here are unnecessary harsh to the OP. She came here asking for feedback so that she could improve, she didn't say she thought she had achieved perfection in 4 lessons.
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post #12 of 20 Old 05-24-2014, 12:40 AM
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I don't believe my post was very harsh at all.
Personally, I think it worse if someone potentially goads and ego, or fluffs one, unnecessarily. That can cause a dangerous rider.

I gave an alternate perspective of what I have heard in regards to "natural" being that some folk have a natural seat, or body movement. Doesn't mean it's perfect, but with some more instruction, it will improve and help the learning process incredibly.
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post #13 of 20 Old 05-24-2014, 02:36 AM
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Same as Desch. I call it how I see it and having BEEN that beginner rider being called a "natural" I do NOT want to see the OP become me. I was "that rider" - the one who is crap but thinks she knows everything anyway - and it was absolutely terrible for my poor horses.

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post #14 of 20 Old 05-26-2014, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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Those photos are sort of old. On the grey horse is a 20 year old Arabian that I own now. He hardly has any muscle but he is not underweight. My stirrups were to short which made me look awkward and hunched. The saddle also was to small for me, it was a child's saddle. I've taken a couple lessons recently and will post better photos tonight since those photos are horrible. I'll link you guys to some videos. My instructor is a softie and tells everyone they are a natural to keep us going and working hard to keep going in the riding career. Thank you all for the advice! I'm not full of myself and thinking I'm all goodie goodie because I've only taken 4 lessons nor do I think I'm near to profection. I work with a natural horsemanship lady privately also. Thank you guys!
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Those photos are sort of old. On the grey horse is a 20 year old Arabian that I own now. He hardly has any muscle but he is not underweight. My stirrups were to short which made me look awkward and hunched. The saddle also was to small for me, it was a child's saddle. I've taken a couple lessons recently and will post better photos tonight since those photos are horrible. I'll link you guys to some videos. My instructor is a softie and tells everyone they are a natural to keep us going and working hard to keep going in the riding career. Thank you all for the advice! I'm not full of myself and thinking I'm all goodie goodie because I've only taken 4 lessons nor do I think I'm near to profection. I work with a natural horsemanship lady privately also. Thank you guys!
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Well, I like your note and your attitude because your tone was correct. I think in the original post saying that you were "a natural" was pretty hard to get past and to take you seriously. I was one. Don't set unrealistic standards for yourself or deadlines for achieving. Just relax and enjoy riding and pay little to what others think.

Just ride.

I wish you the best.
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Same as Desch. I call it how I see it and having BEEN that beginner rider being called a "natural" I do NOT want to see the OP become me. I was "that rider" - the one who is crap but thinks she knows everything anyway - and it was absolutely terrible for my poor horses.
No one can become another person. I do not nor will I ever think I know crap and think I know everything. No one in the whole horse world will ever know everything. Everyone has their own flaws and goals in the horse world and I think people should accept that in everyone. Thank you for the advice though, I think I'm going to stick with my plans and be myself and not become someone else.
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I don't believe my post was very harsh at all.
Personally, I think it worse if someone potentially goads and ego, or fluffs one, unnecessarily. That can cause a dangerous rider.

I gave an alternate perspective of what I have heard in regards to "natural" being that some folk have a natural seat, or body movement. Doesn't mean it's perfect, but with some more instruction, it will improve and help the learning process incredibly.
Thank you for the advice but I do not fluff a ego nor am I a dangerous rider. I care for the horses I ride and really do not go around raging and thinking I'm the big good rider out of everyone. Everyone has their flaws and I'm still learning. I'm just a teenager learning and having a good time with horses. I have been around them since I was 4 and have 3 horses on my property that I care for in the summer since I do not own them. I'd like it if you could keep things more positive since there is a possibility I'm much younger than you.

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post #18 of 20 Old 05-27-2014, 12:07 PM
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Op, I wasn't saying that you did have an ego, or that you were goaded. It was a general statement in defense of what I said in regards to a natural seat, and supposedly being "too harsh".
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post #19 of 20 Old 05-29-2014, 02:11 PM
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not to hijack but ... @blue eyed pony -- that was awesome with lines and the explanations

i got a lot out of it

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you are very good at taking constrctive criticism and you have a great attitude
very good traits in excelling at the things you want to do
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post #20 of 20 Old 06-04-2014, 09:12 AM
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Thanks jmike :) I found it helped me a lot to be shown what I was doing wrong and what I should be aiming for. I take what helps me and use it to help people I'm teaching. Not that there are many of those, I'm not experienced enough to teach beyond beginner level.

I'm not nearly as blunt in real life when I'm teaching. I'm not great at getting the message across and being nice at the same time when I'm typing what I'm trying to say. I find that tone of voice and general overall demeanour is what helps show that I'm not just being a cow, more than my choice of words.
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