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post #31 of 33 Old 08-01-2015, 12:52 PM
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I agree that riding should be enjoyed. I also agree that riding with a western saddle is far easier to stay on than an English.

I had the chance to ride a cutting horse on one occasion here in the UK. Hadn't a clue what a cutting horse was and the people in charge of tense western horses were idiots.
I did as I was told and pointed this horse at a group of Friesian heifers, he chose one to cut out and all I know is that I grabbed that horn with both hands and my teeth!
There is no way I would have sat that spin in an English saddle especially as I wasn't expecting it.
Never realised a horse could corner at an angle like a motorbike.
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post #32 of 33 Old 08-01-2015, 01:22 PM
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Long time ago, I taught riding lessons to make some extra money. I only had one horse, but he was a good school horse, and I had six children who came weekly for their lessons.

One little girl fell off while learning to trot and absolutely panicked. She adored horses but she was terrified to trot, and I mean terrified. I was only 18 at the time, but I wanted her money and I wanted her to keep riding. So I promised her she would never ever NEVER be asked to trot. I told her she WOULD NOT trot until she had begged me to trot for 3 lessons in a row. (I guess I was a smart lil 18 year old). Every lesson, I had that little girl doing fun things at a walk. She learned to do gymnastics at a walk, she carried cups of water to pails, she jumped off in many different ways, did obstacle courses, learned to back up my pony all over the place--every week I came up with new things for her to do at a walk. She could ride standing up, backwards, and sideways. Every lesson, she would arrive saying, "I don't want to trot!" and I would assure her she wouldn't have to.

The other kids taking lessons were trotting merrily, then cantering, then doing little jumps, but this one little girl always walked. She was happy, and I was happy, and her folks were happy.

And then, of course, the day came when she begged to trot--3 times in 3 lessons, and she began to trot. At the end of the summer, I had a little exhibition, and she had pretty much caught right up with the rest of the kids I was teaching.

My advice is: walk as long as you want to. Do whatever is fun and gives you confidence and do not push yourself. You'll get there and it doesn't matter what the timeline is.
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post #33 of 33 Old 08-01-2015, 02:07 PM
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What helps me to get over my fears is riding with a friend. They start trotting and I don't want to look like I am scared, so I do it. Usually (at least for me) once I get doing the things I am scared of, it really isn't that bad, I just have to get myself to do it in the first place, and that is how I get over it. But, some people don't get over it that way and have to slowly inch toward it. So, do whatever you are comfortable with.
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