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post #51 of 67 Old 03-27-2016, 01:35 PM
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In some ways learning to ride is similar to learning to drive a car. You know what the steering wheel and pedals do but you have to think of how to use them. You probably make some rough turns, starts and stops until your actions become automatic. I started riding lessons fifty three years ago but it took me a while before I was no longer thinking about what to do and it was coming naturally. It takes time to get the coordination of using your hands, legs, and seat with the right timing.
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I was told I am an over thinker. Ha! That's an understatement. Today we were working on trotting over poles while steering. I focused more on looking at the next trot poll I wanted to go over and my posting and hands were perfect, said my instructor. It was then I came to the realization when I don't think so hard, it'll come!
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In some ways learning to ride is similar to learning to drive a car. You know what the steering wheel and pedals do but you have to think of how to use them. You probably make some rough turns, starts and stops until your actions become automatic. I started riding lessons fifty three years ago but it took me a while before I was no longer thinking about what to do and it was coming naturally. It takes time to get the coordination of using your hands, legs, and seat with the right timing.
Yes, that is a great analogy. I find that I have to think SO HARD about a specific thing (leg position, hands, etc.) and then suddenly it starts to happen w/out me thinking about it (after many weeks). It's a slow but very rewarding process!



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I was told I am an over thinker. Ha! That's an understatement. Today we were working on trotting over poles while steering. I focused more on looking at the next trot poll I wanted to go over and my posting and hands were perfect, said my instructor. It was then I came to the realization when I don't think so hard, it'll come!
Huh, my instructor always says to not look at the poles; that's the horse's job. I should be looking straight ahead. Maybe there are different schools of thought there.

Anyhow, glad your hands were in a good position! Plodding around the arena without regard to your is not hard, but riding with good form is TOUGH! Great work! Keep us posted! :)
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In some ways learning to ride is similar to learning to drive a car. You know what the steering wheel and pedals do but you have to think of how to use them. You probably make some rough turns, starts and stops until your actions become automatic. I started riding lessons fifty three years ago but it took me a while before I was no longer thinking about what to do and it was coming naturally. It takes time to get the coordination of using your hands, legs, and seat with the right timing.
Yes, that is a great analogy. I find that I have to think SO HARD about a specific thing (leg position, hands, etc.) and then suddenly it starts to happen w/out me thinking about it (after many weeks). It's a slow but very rewarding process!



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I was told I am an over thinker. Ha! That's an understatement. Today we were working on trotting over poles while steering. I focused more on looking at the next trot poll I wanted to go over and my posting and hands were perfect, said my instructor. It was then I came to the realization when I don't think so hard, it'll come!
Huh, my instructor always says to not look at the poles; that's the horse's job. I should be looking straight ahead. Maybe there are different schools of thought there.

Anyhow, glad your hands were in a good position! Plodding around the arena without regard to your is not hard, but riding with good form is TOUGH! Great work! Keep us posted! :)

Let me correct that. She never told me to look at the pole. She told me look in the direction of the next pole. She beat in me to NEVER look down at the pole. Eyes up. Head up. Just look in the direction of the next pole. So if it's straight ahead I'm looking up straight ahead. If it's to the right I'm still looking up but right. Etc. my mistake in wording.
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OKay that makes sense!
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Funny, looking ahead is probably the only thing that actually stuck from my brief year of lessons when I was like 11. The first thing I do when I get on a horse is look up and ahead. My chin sticks up and I look over the horse's head. It's instinctive now, because that was the one thing my instructor beat into me over and over again. Unfortunately, I did not learn much else (or at least, not much else has stuck with me) so I am starting from scratch in every other way.
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Funny, looking ahead is probably the only thing that actually stuck from my brief year of lessons when I was like 11. The first thing I do when I get on a horse is look up and ahead. My chin sticks up and I look over the horse's head. It's instinctive now, because that was the one thing my instructor beat into me over and over again. Unfortunately, I did not learn much else (or at least, not much else has stuck with me) so I am starting from scratch in every other way.

Starting from scratch???! How so?
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Starting from scratch???! How so?
Well, even though I had horses from the time I was 5 to when I left home to go to university at 17, I had very little formal training. I took less than a year of lessons with a local western pleasure coach. My parents figured I knew enough so that was it. I was on my own after that. No one around me (especially my parents) knew anything about horses. I read horse magazines and books since this is pre-Internet. But there was no one for me to ask questions or help me work through problems with my horse.

Over 20 years later, my daughter got into riding so I started helping her groom and tack up her horses (she was only 6 when she started). We leased a pony for a bit, and finally bought a horse this last fall. I quickly found out that so much has changed as far as horsemanship goes that I might as well have never been around horses at all. Well, that's not quite true, of course I felt comfortable with them and would not hesitate to hop on one whenever I had the chance. Grooming is one thing that really hasn't changed. Here's what has changed:

- back when I had a horse in the 80s, everyone shod their horses. Now many are barefoot and so is my horse.
- we fed sweet feed. That's now considered a no-no by most horse people (though not all).
- NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP! The closest I got to that as a teen was laying on my horse's back in the dark, watching the stars as he grazed. The horse people I knew back then still thought of training in terms of "breaking" a horse.
- I was told not to let my horse spend too much time in his pasture because he would be too "wild" for me to handle. I was not to let him out for more than 2 hours at a time. Now many horses live outside 24/7.
- so many advances in horse medicine... which is why, thankfully, horses live much longer now than they did 20 years ago.

Finally, I was taught to ride Western and am now riding English. I am totally converted. When I was young, I found it such a hassle to lug around my heavy Western saddle that I often just rode bareback. I find English is more like riding bareback since there is less bulk.

So while I never lost my level of comfort being around horses, handling them or even occasionally riding them, what I am doing now in my lessons with my daughter's coach, is totally different from what I did as a teen, given the very limited resources I had then. That's why I say I might as well have started from scratch!
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So while I never lost my level of comfort being around horses, handling them or even occasionally riding them, what I am doing now in my lessons with my daughter's coach, is totally different from what I did as a teen, given the very limited resources I had then. That's why I say I might as well have started from scratch!
Exactly the same. All of it. Did you read Horse Illustrated and hang the pull-out posters in your room, too?
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Exactly the same. All of it. Did you read Horse Illustrated and hang the pull-out posters in your room, too?


Right alongside the posters of Duran Duran!
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