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post #1 of 8 Old 01-16-2018, 01:52 AM Thread Starter
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Hello fellow horse lovers!

I am very new to riding, and only ever rode when I was a very young teenager and had the chance to hop on a friends horse for a trail ride. In 23 and just starting riding this year and I am very exciting! I am leasing a super sweet and laid back horse named Thor, he's a Clyde x QH, and when I say laid back I also mean very lazy when it comes to riding (which I find to be awesome especially for someone just getting used to being in a saddle again). That all being said I was hoping anyone had any tips for beginner adult riders in terms of making the horse comfortable whilst riding and tips for posting the trot, cantering and any health/ grooming tips you can think of would greatly appreciated!

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Hello fellow horse lovers!

I am very new to riding, and only ever rode when I was a very young teenager and had the chance to hop on a friends horse for a trail ride. In 23 and just starting riding this year and I am very exciting! I am leasing a super sweet and laid back horse named Thor, he's a Clyde x QH, and when I say laid back I also mean very lazy when it comes to riding (which I find to be awesome especially for someone just getting used to being in a saddle again). That all being said I was hoping anyone had any tips for beginner adult riders in terms of making the horse comfortable whilst riding and tips for posting the trot, cantering and any health/ grooming tips you can think of would greatly appreciated!

Ride on!
Kayla.
Are you taking lessons or are you riding by yourself?
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Are you taking lessons or are you riding by yourself?
I am taking private lessons once a week and hack twice :)
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post #4 of 8 Old 01-16-2018, 02:26 AM
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Ask all your questions of your coach and see if you can make friends with either the owner of the horse or other folks in your barn. You should follow the owners instructions on grooming. As far as making the horse comfortable the most important thing for s beginning rider is to develop an independent seat and not accidentally bump on the mouth or balance on the reins.
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post #5 of 8 Old 01-16-2018, 09:42 AM
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Beginners' survival reflex when things go sideways is to go into fetal position and bringing the hands in front of the abdomen, which pops the horse in the mouth but does nothing for your balance. Retrain yourself to instead grip the saddle with your thighs and lowering your hands to stabilize yourself and lower your center of gravity.

Biggest thing about making the horse comfortable: As soon as he does as asked, release pressure from the aids. If he only indicates he's about to do as asked, release pressure. Do not reapply aids until you want him to do something new and different.
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And a Howdy back at ya! Welcome to the forum. Great advice so far.
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post #7 of 8 Old 01-16-2018, 12:08 PM
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Welcome to both the forum and the world of riding!

Agree with the others that the biggest thing you can learn to keep your horse comfortable is a good seat and soft, following hands. The instinct most people have is to snatch at the reins when they feel unsteady, and that can pop the horse in the mouth at a bad moment.
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post #8 of 8 Old 01-17-2018, 11:04 AM
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Aw, welcome to riding! Just breathe, even hum if you have to, to make yourself more relaxed. Sit deep, and have soft hands. :) Enjoy every moment!
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