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post #11 of 18 Old 02-24-2017, 08:17 AM
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Just have a fun time, & enjoy your lesson. :) Don't overthink, & don't be afraid to 'make mistakes' or worry about being perfect etc. Just have a good time

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post #12 of 18 Old 02-24-2017, 08:39 AM
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Helmet, riding tights or breeches, half chaps and low riding boots for English. Kerrits is a good brand of inexpensive riding tights.
Helmet, jeans, smooth-soled boots with a heel for Western. Many Western style riders skip the helmet. Do not copy them.

The word on helmets: every brand has a shape of head it fits the best. Try on different brands until you find the one for you.

Don't compare yourself to any one else. This whole deal is about you and your relationship with the horse you are riding right now, and nothing else.

Be an earnest learner but bear in mind that in the horse world there are many paths, many opinions (many MANY opinions), and eventually you will find yourself with your own. If anything puzzles you or makes you uncomfortable, ask about it! If the answer doesn't make perfect sense to you, ask here! (then you will experience for yourself the many many opinions thing).

Ask to be taught to catch and tack up your horse, if that isn't part of your curriculum. Riding is only a part of horsemanship.

Enjoy the wonderful journey!
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post #13 of 18 Old 02-27-2017, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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I want to thank everyone for you input. In the last few days I have started a workout regimen and have already dropped a few lbs. I was surprised by how TOTALLY out of shape I am. Makes me happier that I decided to wait an extra month before jumping in to it. I now have a month to get my self used to my stretches and exercises.

I told my instructor that I didn't want to do any form of competing, when I get my horse in a year or two I am strictly sticking to trails. So we are going to start with Western for a while and when I get confident enough she might teach me some English just for better balance.

We talked about all of what I needed and I believe I currently have it all. She told me that people 18 and over are not required to wear a helmet. I have seen enough horse falls to warrent buying myself a helmet.

Luckily the only day I have open for lessons is a day where it's just me. So my lessons will be privet and I won't have anyone to compare myself too.
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post #14 of 18 Old 02-28-2017, 08:11 AM
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Sounds like a great plan! I've been taking lessons for over a year and I have zero plans to show or ever even leave the arena, and I'm fine with that. I just love the physical challenge, and of course I love riding! Private lessons are a great way to start, not so much because you won't be comparing yourself, but because you'll get 1-on-1 attention from the instructor. HAVE FUN!!
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post #15 of 18 Old 02-28-2017, 09:27 AM
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also riding is good exercise as well. I know I started the low carb diet recently, cut out pop and coffee creamer, drinking lots more water and in a month I have lost 25 pounds
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post #16 of 18 Old 02-28-2017, 09:31 AM
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Good for you! My advice is to ask a lot of questions - riding horses is vastly different than learning other sports or exercise activities because there is partly a language barrier! There are so many terms that you will not be familiar with so be sure you ask if you arenít sure what they said, and donít be afraid to ask why. The mechanics of riding is so interesting. And understand youíll never learn it all Ė Iíve been riding for almost 20 years and I still learn new things every day! It is so much fun and so rewarding. Iíd also suggest hitting the gym a day or two a week and really start working on your legs and abs, or do some yoga. Good balance is so important and I found I had a much softer, more balanced seat after I started doing yoga a few years ago. Have fun!!
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post #17 of 18 Old 02-28-2017, 10:06 AM
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That sounds like an awesome plan. :) Enjoy your lessons!!

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post #18 of 18 Old 02-28-2017, 10:07 AM
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Originally Posted by SilverDapples View Post
I told my instructor that I didn't want to do any form of competing, when I get my horse in a year or two I am strictly sticking to trails.
LOL, you sound like me when I first started lessons! After a few years my instructor drug me kicking and screaming to an arena show; I did not want to show, but he thought it would be good discipline for me and many of his other students were going. Never did like doing arena shows (although I do do them occasionally, just to give my horse a different perspective and something different for us to do), but really had fun when we started doing Ranch Horse Versatility Shows which eventually lead to my current discipline, reined cowhorse. My instructor just laughs at me now - someone who vowed I'd never show and here I am a hard core competitor, LOL. It's fine if you don't want to show. Just never say never.
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