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post #1 of 11 Old 11-30-2017, 02:10 AM Thread Starter
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New to riding

I am going to riding lessons for the 1st time and nervous any advice ?
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post #2 of 11 Old 11-30-2017, 02:23 AM
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Use a helmet and a safety vest, and ask for a lazy steady Eddie horse.. Try to breath deep , and relax. You'll be fine.

I`m a newbie myself, so I can`t give you a better advice than that
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post #3 of 11 Old 11-30-2017, 09:08 AM
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Slow, deep, and rhythmic breaths. It'll help you you relax so you can follow the horse's movements, which in turn will make you feel more secure, which in turn will help you relax. Imagine putting your body into "neutral", flowing with the movements of the horse beneath you to keep yourself steady. Watch that Mercedes Benz commercial with the chicken:
– that's you in the saddle. :)

If you get the same horse every time, make an effort to spoil him or her a little (down the road) - just showing up early and taking your time grooming will pay off. The horse will mirror your emotional state, so if you start your lesson on the ground from a state of calm, you'll have a more willing partner between you and the ground.

Be sensitive to signs of mistreatment of your horse by your instructor or the school. Just recently, there was a story in this forum where a horse got slapped in the face by a trainer for not doing something (i.e. it was not a correction for dangerous behavior). That brings me to some homework: Watch Clinton Anderson's "Training a Rescue Horse" - just to get a better understanding of how to properly communicate with a horse; to "speak horse" a little, if you want. The overarching concept of pressure and release, and what goes on in a prey animal's mind vs. a predator's (ours) will help to guide your decisions appropriately when you need to react on the spot.

I really don't want to mention anything you'll most likely hear from your instructor anyway...
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post #4 of 11 Old 11-30-2017, 09:54 AM
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Try to take deep breaths, relax (humming seems to help me relax), and just have FUN! :) Don't worry too much about being 'perfect'! No need! Just have a good time and enjoy yourself. Don't put too much pressure on yourself. Have fun learning!

Ride more, worry less.
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post #5 of 11 Old 11-30-2017, 10:21 AM
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I'm sure you'll have a great time! Just breathe and enjoy yourself.

I just never grew out of the pony crazy faze
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post #6 of 11 Old 11-30-2017, 10:37 AM
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If you’re nervous, it helps to have a calm instructor.

Realize that horses are basically calm grazing animals. They are not out to get you. However, you should be aware that they do want to protect themselves from danger and can react very quickly. With this in mind, think of it as your responsibility to reassure your horse that it is safe in your care. This should help take your mind off you own emotions.

Realize that if you are relaxed (not collapsed) and balanced, gravity is your friend. If you are tense and stiff, you block the stabilizing effect of gravity and tend to bounce. If you relax, a good portion of you weight hangs low on either side of the horse, and it is basically impossible to fall off. There is no need to “hold on”. If you release any unnecessary tension, your muscles will expand allowing the bones of your spine to stack one above another forming natural shock-absorbing curves. With your bones supporting you, your muscles are free to move with the movements of your horse and make the necessary subtle changes to remain in balance.

Think of riding, not as a wrestling match but, as a dance where you and your partner move in harmony. Do everything gracefully.

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post #7 of 11 Old 11-30-2017, 11:59 AM
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Don’t read this forum!

A lot of the posts are about misbehaving horses but that is negative selection. Most rides and horses are uneventful and enjoyable. Especially school horses. If a school horse misbehaves regularly, find a new school.
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post #8 of 11 Old 12-03-2017, 09:56 PM
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Relax, breath, and have fun. Riding can be an enjoyable experience; and a good time. You'll most likely get a steady eddie lesson horse, and they can be really good teachers. :)

"All bonds are built on trust. Without it, you have nothing."
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post #9 of 11 Old 12-04-2017, 10:20 AM
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I wish I could go back and tell myself a few things before I got started with horses! I would tell myself to chill out and take it slow and not set any goal other than to get on the horse and relax and learn the basics. The rest will come with time.
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post #10 of 11 Old 12-12-2017, 08:46 AM
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Now I'll have to go back and find that thread where the poster said her trainer slapped the horse in the face. As the horse was "drifting" (running out on a jump), and I may be wrong, my assumption was to get that response the horse probably almost ran the trainer over when it "drifted". Been there, seen that more than I can count with some riders. Whether it was myself standing next to the jump or the trainer our response is a defensive one and the face is what is coming at you.
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