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post #1 of 33 Old 03-28-2019, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
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Tell me Your First Riding Stories!

I am going to visit the ranch I'll be taking riding lessons at for the first time this evening after work and I'm so excited I could bust. I'm also having the kind of day at work that's going to be really slow because I got caught up on a bunch of material yesterday and today my supervisor is very busy with off-site things and likely will not have a lot of new tasks to hand down to me. (I'm still pretty new at the job and the position I filled was empty for a number of months so we're still working out a steady routine.)

So tell me your first lesson/learning to ride stories to keep me occupied! Anything you wish you'd known when you started that you think I should know? Any other fun things from the beginning of your horsey endeavors ?
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post #2 of 33 Old 03-28-2019, 09:20 AM
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Oh, wow - you are really asking for the least exciting categories of stories!!

The first time I ever sat on a horse, I was led around the arena to get a feel for how the horse moves. By the end of the lesson, I was allowed to take the reins and walk by myself.
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post #3 of 33 Old 03-28-2019, 09:33 AM
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I was on Emily (which is crazy because 2 years later I started riding her full time) on a lunge line. I did walk/trot, learned how to sit a trot, an how to canter. That was the first and last time I rode western lol. After that I switched to an older paint mare and started in dressage. I still have a gross picture of that first lesson.... i'll post it if I can find it....
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post #4 of 33 Old 03-28-2019, 09:36 AM
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Hehe I found it. If only that little girl knew where I’d be now :,)
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@mmshiro Sometimes I feel like I was sort of tossed at things. I'd been on guided trail horses before years ago at a camp, but the first time I was on a horse as an adult was an older mare my aunt owns who is blind on one side, walking circles in the barn. A week or so after that, I was the first person on Dreama's back after she was given to us... in hindsight not my brightest choice but I was the youngest and least likely to shatter with a fall (my aunt has been struggling with rheumatoid arthritis and mom is nearing 70.) She's thankfully done pretty well back under saddle but sometimes she wants to do her own thing and I need a LOT of work as a rider.

So now I'm back-tracking and seeking something a little less stressful to get my balance and feel for things, and to be able to ride and improve during the week since I only get to work with Dreama on weekends.
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@DreamerR That's adorable! It's nice to be able to look back and see those memories.
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I was 2 1/2 when I was put on a pony at a little amusement park. It was a track, and the ponies went around it by themselves. The pony broke into a trot, and my DF got mad. I was already hooked on horses, though, as every picture of someone holding me at the park I am on the horse, not the duck or whatever. The pony’s name was Bill.
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post #8 of 33 Old 03-28-2019, 11:24 AM
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^^I love that.

Oh boy, you don't want to hear my first stories! There was this really old Paso Fino gelding we'd gotten for free (and he was nearly blind on one side) and I would saddle him up with some help from my sis, in the beginning, and then was left to my own devices. After the first couple days I'd take the poor old guy off the yard to a cattle pasture and just gallop him the length of the field. I wanted speed, that's about it lol. He didn't let me push him too far though, he was real opinionated and head strong and if he didn't feel like going out he would plant his hooves, hold his head steady, and nothing I could do would make him leave. We both got so frustrated so often. But I loved that pony. He was usually up for my crazy idea of fun, and once he was finished he was going home, with or without me lol.


ETA: things I wish I'd been told in the beginning: it's not all about speed even tho speed is pretty awesome. And also I really wish I'd been started with lessons, not left to my own devices like that for my horses sake. But you're good there :)
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Although I probably was put on a pony ride at the county fair as a tot, my first 'real' riding experience was when I was nine, I believe, when my family stayed for a week or two (seemed like a long time to me!) at a dude ranch in the Sierra foothills. There were guided rides for different age groups twice a day, and I never missed one. My favorite horse was a strawberry roan mare named Muchacha. I had always been in love with horses, but this was the first time I'd gotten to actually ride. It was heaven to me, even just going nose to tail down a well-worn track. By the time I was eleven I had finally talked my parents into buying a very old little sorrel gelding named Rusty, my first horse.
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Good luck at your first lesson! I'm sure you'll have a great time :)

I had "pony rides" here and there in my childhood, but my first lesson was in 2001. I was 11 and had no idea about ANYTHING horsey. I remember going online to some very old geocities type websites to look up "things you should know for your first riding lesson"! I just remember being so excited for the lesson. I rode a pony named David, and I got thrown right into doing everything - I was shown how to groom and then I finished grooming, I was shown how to tack up, and then I did it as much as I could (I remember needing help putting the bridle on). The riding part of my first lesson involved walking and then trotting on the lunge line (including lots of trotting without stirrups and hands on the pommel and cantle, or on my head) and then a little bit of walking off the lunge line, and finally we ended on a short trail through the woods behind the barn. It was all a little "backyard barn" and looking back at the video really highlights that, but clearly that didn't phase me at all because this summer marks my 18th year of riding! (and that barn was essentially my home for at least 15-16 of those years)

I won't upload the video, but here's a screen shot of that lesson. And yes, I was wearing shorts
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