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post #11 of 33 Old 03-28-2019, 12:01 PM
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You will have a blast at your first lesson. :) Just remember to breathe, & have FUN!!! All that matters.

Hmmm...my first time on a horse, my first lesson was when I was like 13 I think. I know, I should know my exact age. LOL, I'm getting old (I'm 27 now).

I honestly don't remember it too well, but I do know I didn't know anything about horses. I started out riding Western. I rode a paint named Spirit. I remember Spirit pretty well, he was my favorite horse. I definitely remember holding onto the horn, I was a bit afraid at first.

Spirit was really patient, he was a good horse. I enjoyed riding him.

Good luck at your lesson!! :) I'm sure you are counting the hours.
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post #12 of 33 Old 03-28-2019, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
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@Joe BlueQuarter right now I am exactly the opposite, I want none of the speed lol. However, I suspect that if I did want speed, Dreama is the kind of horse who would gladly oblige. She's not offered to bolt off with me on her but she has a problem with "stop" and it's almost like I can feel the, "Go? Go now? How 'bout now? Faster yes? No? Sigh." Although that may just be my nerves talking
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post #13 of 33 Old 03-28-2019, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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@PoptartShop Thanks! I'm actually not even sure if today is a "lesson" or just an intro and making plans but I'm ready for either. I'm very excited to meet the owner and their horses... the woman I spoke with said they own mustangs, quarter horses, Tennessee walking horses, and paso finos. I've lived in the area for a while now and I'm shocked that I never knew their ranch existed. It has to be a sizable property for them to own so many horses and to offer camping, trail riding etc. I'm also finding that there is actually a LOT of trail riding in my area with some nice camping options and more people who ride here than where I grew up. I am excited in general to see what this Summer brings and what all I can get into here
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post #14 of 33 Old 03-28-2019, 12:24 PM
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I was in 4th grade. I had read every book in the Saddle Club series, the Thoroughbred Series, and my friend and I brought our stuffed horses to ride every day at recess (she had a real horse too). I begged and begged until my parents found a lady who gave lessons out of her back yard on the other side of town (I grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis, it was a miracle to find horses anywhere). They let me take a lesson every 2 weeks and go to horse camp every summer.

My first lesson I rode Casey the big gentle giant in my tennis shoes, bike helmet, and teal sweatsuit. It was November so starting to get cold. My dad still remembers to this day that when he came to pick me up I told him it was the best day of my life.
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post #15 of 33 Old 03-29-2019, 01:04 PM
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I have no memory of the first ride but I have a photo somewhere of an early one. The photo is of my mother holding me in front of her in the saddle on her large brown mare, Babe. I was maybe a year or younger. Decades later I'm still at it.


Enjoy your lessons. Remain calm. And never compare yourself against other riders. We all progress at different rates.
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post #16 of 33 Old 03-29-2019, 01:39 PM
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From the time I was 4 years old, everything was "horse" for me. I wanted a horse so badly. We lived in a rural area but couldn't afford a horse.

My parents decided to teach me a lesson and get me over this "horse" business. They told me I could get riding lessons (for $2.50 an hour, hah) for my eighth birthday, but if they did that, I would get nothing else for my birthday--no cake, no presents, no special supper, no celebration of any kind. I said, "Sure, fine!"

It just so happened that my first riding lesson was on the day of my birthday. My parents took me out to the riding stable. That riding place took people on trail rides and about 3 times during the ride, the guide would turn around and say, "heels down," or "lower your hands." Not much of a lesson!

I got a brown and white pony named High Socks. We went through a deep stream, and High Socks, at the end of the trail string, stopped and began to paw. I didn't know what to do, and the trail ride moved on along without me. There I sat, alone in the woods, while High Socks pawed and pawed that water. He kept putting his head down and buckling his knees and I kept jerking his head back up.

At last the trail group came back when they realized I wasn't with them. The guide passed along a switch and told me to whack High Socks really hard. I did, and he came charging out of the water! I was so thrilled.

When I got home from the ride, my parents were ready to comment on my disappointment about nothing for my birthday. I couldn't stop grinning and chattering about every marvelous thing that happened on my ride. I was just bubbling over with enthusiasm, didn't notice or care about anything else.

My parents looked at each other and said, "Oh sh#$%." I taught them a lesson rather than them teaching me a lesson.

High Socks started to go sour not long after I started riding him. It wasn't long before they couldn't trust him with beginners. But I loved him, got along great with him, and they were glad to have a child who could manage him.
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post #17 of 33 Old 03-29-2019, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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I think "never compare yourself against other riders" is another bit of good advice... I feel "behind" and like I am an inconvenience to the horses and horse people I work with... but I think that is just a personalty trait I have. I have to remind myself that everyone starts somewhere, and plenty of people start as adults like I have.

Update on the Ranch: The reason I'd never heard of it before is because they are quite new in the area. They are still making business plans for themselves. I think they told me yesterday they've done a couple of guided trail rides but haven't started many personal lessons yet as the weather is just starting to clear up enough to start. They have plans to build an arena, offer better campsites, etc. They both seemed very nice and were very encouraging. I rode a mustang named Hoss. They seemed genuinely excited to have me as one of their first regular lesson riders and it seems like they have big plans for their property. I am excited to see how they grow. They seem like they will be really nice folks to work with.

They also had two small boys, 4 and 5 I believe, who were thrilled to have someone new on the property to show the horses to... and the new puppies, and the cows, and their new cowboy boots, and the mulch pile, and the veggie starters and... I think I lost track at some point
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post #18 of 33 Old 03-29-2019, 07:38 PM
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My first real riding lesson was when I was five, my mom loaded my sister and I up in the car and told us that her friend had just bought a palomino pony who didnít have a name. We eventually decided to call her Rapunzel, since her mane was long and tangled. It was pretty uneventful, except that a few months later we ended up buying the girl and now she lives with us and is my sisterís show hunter.
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post #19 of 33 Old 05-10-2019, 07:51 PM
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I learnt to ride at a small rural riding school in Germany when I was nine years old. One of my best friends was also riding at the same school - Ute - and she started it really. We were two little girls who spent a lot of time outdoors, riding our bicycles around pretending they were horses, before we started riding for real. (My bicycle was called Isabella, and Ute showed me how to put a rope around the handlebars so I could ride with "reins" instead of holding on to the handlebars! ) We also did a lot of general walking, swimming, rolling in mud, volunteering at the circus and the dairy farm etc - wherever there were animals, we'd show up.

The very first horse I rode for my first lesson was a nearly 17hh Warmblood mare called Viola, who was a head-tosser on account of being uncomfortable in a snaffle - and who had wounded lips at the contact points, and should have been bitless at least until healed, and then tried in something different. At barely nine years old I was a bony little lightweight. At German riding schools, traditionally it's a case of, "Here's your horse, now get on!" The stirrup dangled about level with my nose...

Once I actually figured out a way to get on her back, I had a brief fright at how high up I was before falling off again within the same minute, as the mare trotted off tossing her head. Well, I do remember that hurt, but I got falling off out of the way in Lesson One, and the devil you know is less scary than the devil you don't. I was helped to the top of that horse again this time (probably just to ensure I got on again ASAP and didn't get much time to be apprehensive) and all I distinctly remember after that is how disappointing it was to trot, because of how rattly it was!

The long version of all this is here: https://www.horseforum.com/member-jo...6/#post7662786

A few photos though:



Random Warmblood, Reitschule Eurastetten, 1981. Henri the goat is lurking in the background!



Private horse being washed after a trail ride, Reitschule Eurastetten, 1981. I am reasonably sure the barefooted girl was called Heike!



My riding teacher Monika leaning against the rails in the arena where our riding course took place, Reitschule Eurastetten, 1981.



Recent aerial photograph of the erstwhile Reitschule Eurastetten, which now appears to be a boarding facility only. The arena is still there to the left of the stable building and is now surrounded by trees. If you click on this photograph to get to the large version, you can spot a horse and rider practicing in the arena when the plane took the image! The wash bay and quadrangle are on the other side of the stable building. The residence is to the north-east of the quadrangle. There was another barn with loose boxes for privately agisted horses, seen here at the top right of the image. Most of the other buildings are neighbouring properties in this quiet rural hamlet.



Private horse in front of the stable barn, Reitschule Eurastetten, 1981. The open door leads to the tack room. I am fairly sure this mare was a German Trotter.



Private horse, Reitschule Eurastetten, 1981. I am reasonably sure this was another German Trotter. They were reliable, medium-sized, fairly light horses popular with a lot of recreational riders, and even some professional show jumpers. Olympic medallist Halla was the most famous example of a showjumping German Trotter.



Girl with Warmblood, Reitschule Eurastetten, 1981.



Probably another German Trotter, Reitschule Eurastetten, 1981.



Horse and owner, Reitschule Eurastetten, 1981.



This horse was called Pele and had the one loose box with an external window to look out of, in the private wing of the stable barn. Reitschule Eurastetten, 1981.



These are the two greys that appeared in separate photos above. These owners rode their horses, and also drove them in a traditional carriage for something else to do.



Horses in traditional Bavarian harnesses, Reitschule Eurastetten, 1981. The residence is in the background, and on the holiday riding camps, students stayed in the guest rooms high in the roof section of the house.


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@Joe BlueQuarter right now I am exactly the opposite, I want none of the speed lol. However, I suspect that if I did want speed, Dreama is the kind of horse who would gladly oblige. She's not offered to bolt off with me on her but she has a problem with "stop" and it's almost like I can feel the, "Go? Go now? How 'bout now? Faster yes? No? Sigh." Although that may just be my nerves talking
That is an Arabian horse talking!

You're going to have so much fun...

Apologies for being rather late to this thread. 28/3 is when we put down Romeo, and I was in a bit of a hole that week...

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