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post #1 of 9 Old 09-25-2015, 02:18 AM Thread Starter
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Bigginner rider needs help with riding

I'm a bigginner I havnt learned balance or anything yet I need to get more experienced if im going to do barrel racing I'm getting a horse for Christmas I had a horse before named Romeo he passed away because he was old and had bad arthritis I have no trainers or anywhere to get lessons here were I live or anywere close so I need some help can u tell me how to trot canter etc thanks
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post #2 of 9 Old 09-25-2015, 04:25 AM
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What kind of riding experience did you have with Romeo?

And what are your specific questions about trotting and cantering?

Posters here can be more helpful if you provide more information.


Even if you can't find formal lessons near where you live, as a beginner it would be best if you could find a more experienced horse person to help you with learning the basics in person.
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post #3 of 9 Old 09-25-2015, 07:55 AM
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Find the most experienced and somewhat personable rider you know and offer them 30 bucks to come and give you a hand.
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post #4 of 9 Old 09-25-2015, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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I have a friend that has been riding for a long time she is very experienced
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post #5 of 9 Old 09-25-2015, 05:10 PM
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I'm a bigginner I havnt learned balance or anything yet I need to get more experienced if im going to do barrel racing I'm getting a horse for Christmas I had a horse before named Romeo he passed away because he was old and had bad arthritis I have no trainers or anywhere to get lessons here were I live or anywere close so I need some help can u tell me how to trot canter etc thanks
Your post suggests that you're not quite sure what you want to learn yet; or that you're sure in a general sense but are unsure how to break that general concept (ergo riding) into stages and steps to learn.

What you ask here you won't get online. The internet is a fantastic resource to learn from and interact with, but you won't get a full start to finish course in anything online (unless you pay for it). What the internet excels in is post-event feedback and nicheskill building.

If you have photos or ideally video of you riding then you can show them to get good feedback; if you learn how to describe well what is happening it can also act as another way to describe how you're riding and seek advice from others how to improve. Video tends to work better since it shows (if clear) everything whilst if you describe you might miss out or even not notice some things that you do - bad habits are easy to learn and hard to unlearn.

You can also read articles and ask opinions on select areas of skill building; you'll get a lot of info so sometimes you have to learn a bit before coming online otherwise you can end up in a sea of so many opinions and no way to put each opinionated skill together into a complete set of skills to achieve you end goal (again the net is good at bits of skill - less good at all overall content).



Also I would say that, as someone who has self-learned some skills and who is (very very very very entry level) doing a little horse driving/handeling that when it comes to a hands-on-skill you are best to learn it from another person in the real world. Yes you can learn it from books; yes you can back that up with the internet; but in reality in-person will take you further a LOT faster.
Again its about those things that we don't realise we do; those things that might be small mistakes that all add together into a big mistake that a good teacher can spot and correct before it becomes a habit hard to break.

I would learn as much as you can from your friend; if they are experienced in teaching all the better; if not then make very sure you ask a LOT of questions. Ask "Why" to things; ask even if just to confirm what they've said. Someone not used to teaching will not always be used to explaining things through from a basic point - so asking why you do certain things can help prompt them to build up a more complete picture from the ground up of the skill they are teaching you.




The last part of your post also suggests that it might help if you read some books on how to ride and then use that to build a structure for your learning so that you can focus on specific skills. Your opening sentence says you don't know how to balance or sit correctly and your latter asks how to trot - common sense would say that you're not ready to learn the latter so much if you've not yet learned the first. So you need to put structure to your learning - even more so if you're doing it mostly on your own. That way you can learn each phase in-depth - practice at it well before moving on. It also helps search and ask questions as it gives you a focus around which to base your discussions and searches online.



As a final tip remember that if you're searching for advice online you:
1) Often need to know part of the answer before you search to be able to sift through the results to pick out the correct ones - or at the very least the opinions that will work well with your line and approach to learning the skill.

2) Need to know that it exists to search about it; again this is a pitfall of self-learning that many times little things are often left unmentioned in articles or books (books tend to be a little better at including a more complete picture - at least good ones are); it is assumed understanding and it can mean that if you don't know about it you won't search for it and thus you'll likely never come across it - this can harm your learning in the long run as it can leave key gaps which might make it a lot harder to learn more advanced skills.
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post #6 of 9 Old 09-27-2015, 12:21 PM
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Just speaking for myself I find that it is much easier to find and digest information (reading books, searching the web, magazines) than it is to learn a skill, even so basic a skill as bridling a horse, without a real person there to guide me.
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post #7 of 9 Old 09-29-2015, 09:34 PM
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Well, if your not good with balance you should probably work on that while riding your horse in a roundpen if you can. There are plenty of exercises to do while you walk/trot around the pen. (i.e. hold your arms out,)

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post #8 of 9 Old 09-30-2015, 01:27 AM
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I've heard that using one of those big yoga balls as a chair at your desk is a great way to practice balance (while you do your homework (or watch TV)).

Never tried it myself hahaha. If you have one the right size apparently you can straddle it like you are on horseback, align your shoulders, hip, heel, get your balance and lift your feet off the ground. When you can do that, then progress to bouncing a little to emulate walk-trot-canter (and of course eating dirt, too). :)

Good Luck,

I do; however, have a wooden stool that I frequently set saddles on in the house. Sometimes I sit in the saddles on the stool (where I would not trust a folding saddle stand to hold me, stools are built to hold adult weights).

I don't know how many times over the years someone has told that I'm going to fall off that stool. I tell them if I can ride a horse I ought to be able to ride that stool.
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post #9 of 9 Old 10-05-2015, 04:13 PM
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The most critical foundation of staying on a horse is balance, and balance depends on building a lightning-speed feedback loop between your brain and your bottom. No instructor in the world can do that for you. Sitting on a ball might help. Maybe get someone to lead your horse while you ride bareback, or stay in the round pen if you have access to one, and when you're ready do a lot of trotting, particularly with some kind of pattern with a lot of turns.
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