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post #1 of 18 Old 02-23-2017, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Taking lessons

Hello all,

So I'm a 31 year old woman who to be honest hasn't been on the back of a horse for 20+ years. I found an instructor who is willing to teach a newbie me. I went to her stables today to meet her in person (only had phone contact before now), and watched as she gave lessons to a little 7 year old. She was really nice, and really patient.

I am wondering if anyone here had tips for when I start my lessons in the first part of April. Thanks for any tips and advice.
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post #2 of 18 Old 02-23-2017, 08:16 PM
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Good for you!! Looking forward to hearing about your adventures!

My Tips: Be opened minded/willing to listen. be forgiving of yourself and HAVE FUN!
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post #3 of 18 Old 02-23-2017, 08:41 PM
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Have fun, listen to what she is telling you, and be ready to feel some muscles you haven't felt in a while..lol
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post #4 of 18 Old 02-23-2017, 08:44 PM
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Relax and don't be afraid to ask questions. Enjoy yourself!
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post #5 of 18 Old 02-23-2017, 08:47 PM
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You'll LOVE it! Just relax, try to focus on what the instructor is saying and enjoy it! As Renny says, you may experience some soreness. There are some exercises you can do to help stretch out your calves before you start. Any exercise will help, actually. The fitter you are, the better you'll be able to engage the muscles you need.

Also, take it slow. No rush. Best to learn to do things right than be in a hurry to gallop down the road.

Make sure you show up with all the appropriate riding gear. Are you riding English or Western? Did your instructor tell you what you needed? A lot of beginners will take shortcuts and try to ride without the right kind of pants/boots, etc. and end up being very uncomfortable. I'm not suggest you invest a fortune in riding gear, but maybe check out some used tack sales once you know what you need. Again, appropriate pants and boots are essential for English or Western. A helmet is highly recommended and required by many instructors these days. A good pair of riding gloves can help too - or just plain gloves that have a good grip and are made of fairly thin, flexible material.

Please come back and tell us how you're doing! There are a few beginner and semi-beginner adults here, including myself! Though I'm a lot older than you :) If I could do it at 45 after 20+ years without horses, you certainly can at 31!
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post #6 of 18 Old 02-23-2017, 10:06 PM
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I started taking lessons when I was 40, after not having ridden (other than an occasional trail ride) since I was 13 or 14. I was embarrassed at first (not sure why now that I look back), but it is SO much fun. A highlight of my week for sure! Enjoy!
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post #7 of 18 Old 02-23-2017, 10:53 PM
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I started lessons at 41. to add to what others said, don't waster mental time or energy comparing yourself to the youngsters. it's MUCH easier for them. keep that in mind, and cut yourself a whole ton of slack.
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You're still a baby! Go have fun
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post #9 of 18 Old 02-23-2017, 11:18 PM
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My advice is be a sponge, absorb it all. I have taken lessons since I was a kid and all through until now, I am old now, lol. Think of each thing you learn a tool in your tool kit. Oh and enjoy!

I am not here to promote anythingNo, that's not true, I am here to promote everything equestrian and everyone enjoying horses!
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post #10 of 18 Old 02-24-2017, 04:01 AM
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Do not, repeat, do not compare yourself to kids. You'll just get depressed :)
Source: never sat on a horse until I was 37.

Also, there are stages to learning a physical skill. I read a white paper on it and apparently you cannot be effective until the spine takes over the processing from the brain. It appears that the time impulses travel from the brain to the limbs is just too slow. For the spine to take over you have to practice a lot. It makes no difference that you've been told how to do something a thousand times, until you've done it a thousand time, you will be too slow. So try not to get irritated with yourself, it's a matter of bandwidth :)
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