Early a.m. now, happens more often as get older :( but will give me time to read HF more. Through only post 30 (realized different sizes of computer screens might bring up different "pages", so referring by posts will be better), and still finding this fascinating. You are clearly brilliant to be able to lay out activities and feelings to them so clearly, plus respond to each person's posts so well. Mostly very brave to be on, and be enjoying, such a big energetic horse on first lesson! I'm also finding the videos and books that people have mentioned a really good resource ó will have a hard time keeping up with this pace ó but sure appreciate all the accumulated and new wisdom you're generating. Will read more tomorrow...
Iím glad youíve been enjoying it. Mostly Iím just trying to go through my experiences - and yes, enjoying the responses.
Seriously, Dragon is an absolute joy - energetic and forward, but also patient and utterly unfazed (at least in the context of her home outdoor arena - zero idea how sheíd be outside that). My biggest fear with her was that she wouldnít stay still to let me dismount, but thatís turned out to be a complete non-issue. I do actually understand why she can serve the role of beginner lesson horse - sheís incredibly patient. She just wants to go
. But it's far more joyous than scary.
The influx of resources on here has definitely been awesome.
Originally Posted by phantomhorse13 View Post
Now we know you are hooked, if you are willing to get out of bed early on a weekend!
Totally worth it, IMO.
YeahÖ Iíve now signed up for Saturday & Sunday early AM lessons. I am really, really hoping we can move one of these to a saner hour - but at least Iíll be getting time in.
Of all the things that were different when I started riding English instead of western, catching my diagonals was probably the one that took me the longest to get down. My only advice is to try closing your eyes to feel the motion of the horse's feet while you do a seated trot, and to find a point on the shoulder to check, since the point of the shoulder's what you need to be looking at.
I do agree I need to get to feel the motion and be able to tell by that. I can actually tell diagonal by looking at the shoulder - but even that is messing up my balance and timing right now as it takes probably 90% of my focus not to mess those up by themselves.
Iíll get it eventually, just need a bit of time.
Adult begginer here (well, I am going to be so bold to call myself novice now, four years later). I would like to pre-empt your upcomming irritation with the speed at which you are learning. What's going to happen soon is you will get irritable because you will progress slower than you think you should be progressing. You will think: I was shown how to do this already twice, I should know how to do it.
Honestly right now Iím kind of amazed at how quickly this is moving. Am I a bit frustrated that I keep rising up on my ankles? A little - but to be fair to myself an awful lot is getting thrown at me at once. Mostly I just donít want to annoy my instructor by watching me make the same mistakes and I kind of wish I had some time to just go solidify things on my own. Just generally I am driven to try to be a good student who listens, takes and tries to incorporate corrections/feedback, and does whatever work I can do outside lessons to try to improve.
So really my real internal goal right now is to get safe enough with horses to be able to independently and responsibly get a quarter-lease on a horse (since thatís a thing around here) and be able to put some hours into practicing my fundamentals when I can do so at my own pace.
Specifically, right now I really would want to work on walking on the horse without stirrups and feeling the motion of the horse through the saddle without having to look down at the saddle. If I had a quarter lease today, that's what I'd be working on. I don't even think I'd attempt posting trot without an instructor present quite yet.
But yeah, right now my lesson time is my only practice time. You donít learn to play a musical instrument just because your hands can find the right position one time - it takes a tremendous amount of practice, and you speed up the tempo just a little or add another element and suddenly everything is going to **** again. Iím anticipating that.
I just wish I could practice more.