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post #1 of 10 Old 02-10-2015, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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Not new to horses but took a break

Hi Everyone,

I have been lurking for quite awhile.

I haven't had a horse or ridden since 1994 or so. I want to take some lessons in order to get back into the swing of riding again. I am a Western girl or I should say old girl of 59 . My balance isn't what is used to be and the body is quite a bit older.

I have a choice of english and western lessons. What ones would be better to get back in the riding groove?

I don't know if I should take a beginners class or intermediate. I know all the ground work stuff just not sure how much my body is going to be a traiter to me . My mind says you know this you aren't scared but I also know my body doesn't bounce like it used to.

I had horses and rode trails almost every day that I could when I had them.

I have never had lessons before. I was taught the basics when I was younger.

Can you guys help me to decide what you think would be the best choices for me?

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post #2 of 10 Old 02-10-2015, 01:46 PM
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do you have a horse now? what will your future riding plans be?

many of the muscles used in riding are not used for everyday movment. I remember when I started taking English riding lessons, at 41, I was exhausted after each one hour lesson. but, now, at 56, I have those muscles kind of in a baseline of fitness that I can ride without so much effort.

however, I find an hour of riding now to be a lot harder than at 46.

follow your hearts voice. take a few private lessons to get back into the saddle, so to speak
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post #3 of 10 Old 02-10-2015, 02:12 PM
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i would say to start with beginners class
you gain more confidence moving up than moving down
the intermeddiate might be more challenging, but with beginner classes you give your body more of a chance to get used to riding again
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post #4 of 10 Old 02-10-2015, 02:18 PM
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I agree with beginner and I would say English because if I had to do it again, I would take English lessons, they tend to have better balance than most Western riders I know. (Personal observation, don't slam me)
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post #5 of 10 Old 02-10-2015, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Tiny, I don't have horses now and not sure if I will get another one but I miss riding so much and also I think this will be a good way to get back in shape and improve strength and balance.

I would like to own another horse but at this time I think lessons will help me out.

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post #6 of 10 Old 02-10-2015, 02:24 PM
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I started riding a few years ago after a 15 year hiatus and took beginner lessons. I hadn't really been formally taught from the ground up, so to speak, so I'm glad I did. It also is true that if you take private lessons for awhile your training can progress however fast you want it to.

English riders don't have better balance as a rule. Every rider is different and we all need excellent balance, regardless of your discipline. Just look at a reiner doing a spin or sliding stop and tell me they're not balanced!

Good luck and have fun!
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post #7 of 10 Old 02-10-2015, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Oreos. I am interested in trying english. I have always wanted to try it.

I know the one place I am interested in taking classes evaluate you at your first lesson to see how much you need to relearn before she places you in beginners or intermediate. I guess that is a good thing
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post #8 of 10 Old 02-10-2015, 08:12 PM
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If you're familiar with Western you might feel more confident going back to that.

However, if you're keen on learning English your extended hiatus might actually be good and allow you to start with a clean slate when learning.

I'd recommend finding somewhere, or even two places, and taking a private lesson in English, and perhaps western as well and see which you prefer. In the private lesson the instructor should be able to direct as to what level you should be doing.
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post #9 of 10 Old 02-10-2015, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone. I just might try both English and Western. Great ideas everyone. Thanks.
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post #10 of 10 Old 02-11-2015, 07:13 AM
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I agree try both and see which one you like better!
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