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post #11 of 21 Old 05-07-2015, 02:33 PM
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You have some great potential when it comes to all that research. Do me a favor and never stop that habit it will make you succeed in anything. As for your lesson, just relax and enjoy: it also helps the horse relax. Listen to all the instructions you are given and don't be over advertising what you learned from your research and just let them teach you. If you have questions then ask. Make sure you figure out how to stop the horse first too! Very important. Good luck. you will have to let us know how it goes!
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Thank you! Very good tips that I will remember

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post #13 of 21 Old 05-07-2015, 06:47 PM
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bkylem, I agree that you shouldn't offer advice but at many of the barns I've been to its pretty friendly and a "hello" is always welcome (at least when you get more familiar with the place and who's who). I board at a small barn (one other boarder and 4 lesson horses) but I tend to introduce myself to the students who hang around a lot. (You will probably be starting in a private lesson but if you do group lessons obviously introduce yourself to the other riders before/after the ride)

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post #14 of 21 Old 05-07-2015, 08:46 PM
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Originally Posted by DreaMy View Post
bkylem, I agree that you shouldn't offer advice but at many of the barns I've been to its pretty friendly and a "hello" is always welcome (at least when you get more familiar with the place and who's who). I board at a small barn (one other boarder and 4 lesson horses) but I tend to introduce myself to the students who hang around a lot. (You will probably be starting in a private lesson but if you do group lessons obviously introduce yourself to the other riders before/after the ride)
I actually agree with you as the riders at my stables couldn't be nicer and all are extremely helpful (thank goodness). I merely meant to initially just concentrate on the lesson, but I didn't mean you shouldn't greet others. :) I probably said it poorly. I have just seen some try a little too hard to fit in, rather than just let the comraderie develop on it's own.

Thanks and have your best ride this week !
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post #15 of 21 Old 05-08-2015, 01:18 PM
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This all seems like a lot of prep work to get up to your first lesson! I appreciate the type of person you are to do it.. but I would cut to the chase and get on the horse if I were you.. :) You will learn 10x more just sitting on a horse and getting used to the sway of how they move. :) And then you can spend the rest of the hours of the week over thinking, obsessing and researching. :)

Thinking is good but relaxing and enjoying is good too. That said, if I think you are over thinking now - just wait until you start learning the details of riding :) That's when all my over thinking kicked in - so I can't even imagine how crazy and horse obsessed it will make you! :)

Good Luck!

p.s. one piece of advice: I do a lot of outside research (and listen to people on this forum) - different horse people will have different perspectives. And sometimes, neither one of them is "wrong" - just soak in what the person is telling you and consider what works for you. Eventually after soaking in everything and being open minded to the advice you receive - you'll figure out your "right" way... follow your gut. It's not always a precise science to ride a horse. They're all individuals and so are the riders that ride them!
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post #16 of 21 Old 05-13-2015, 09:55 AM
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I know when I started riding I went to this mainly western barn that everyone in my area went to. This is because it was so convienent. Close to everything, "good" prices, a lot of horses, trails, three arenas, all equipment given, etc. I went there for three years. After a while I hated it because the way they did group lessons was frustrating. Over five people would ride at once. It was a great beginner barn. Over time I didn't learn anything. What I am saying is don't expect your first barn to be your only or the one you actually start at.

For your first lesson a number of different things can happen. I recently had an evaluation with my new trainer and a girl who had never ridden before was being evaluated too. He told the girl how to groom, tack up, mount, walk, control the horse, trot, post at the trot (or as some say rise), go into jumping postition ( or as some say two point or rising position), dismount, and untack.
When I had my first lesson I was showed everything with grooming and tacking up. Then I was showed how to ride for a little bit.

It really depends on where you go and what they focus on teaching in the beginning . some barns don't care about teaching the rider basic horse care while others do.

Well I hope you enjoy riding and if you want any tips on anything, feel free to talk about it on the forum. Everyone is here to help. :)
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post #17 of 21 Old 05-13-2015, 10:38 AM
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I wanted to add to what Saskia said--when I was looking for a new trainer, though I had been riding for years, I audited a lesson. Sometimes trainers' teaching styles don't mesh with your learning style, and that's a good way to tell before wasting their time and yours :>

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post #18 of 21 Old 05-13-2015, 10:54 AM
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I don't believe that you have over-thought this at all! It's perfectly reasonable , imho (admittedly an overthinker..lol), to seek an idea of what to expect.

You've already gotten some great responses. Some specific things that I experienced and/or saw done at first lessons were :
1) learn the correct way to mount (believe it or not, there are different trains of thought as to what is 'correct' in mounting. ie. always mount from the left VS mount from either side,,,always have someone hold the horses head VS don't have anyone hold the horses head....grab mane and rein VS grap the saddle horn or pommel, ok for horse to take a step before being cued VS horse must stand still until cued to step out...etc.....get the picture ? see how MUCH there is to learn?? :)
2) how to determine correct stirrup length and note which 'hole' is the correct setting for you so that you and the instructor will know for the next lesson (assuming using their saddle and the same saddle each lesson)
3) how to sit balanced (ear,shoulder,hip,back of heel)
4) how to hold the reins (yep, lots of different opinions on this also!)
5) sit on the horse bareback with someone holding his head and do the Around the World Excercise . I've seen this especially with children, but I think it's a good excercise for anyone. It helps the student use different muscles and get a feel of the horse's body. The excercise is with student sitting normally, then swing a leg up and over the withers, ending sitting sideways, then swing a leg over and around ending up sitting facing backwards,,then swing and end up sitting sideways on the other side, swing again and you're back in normal position.
6) beginnings of how to position foot correctly-toes in, heels down
7) how to dismount safely for you and the horse

Good luck, have a blast!

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post #19 of 21 Old 05-13-2015, 12:23 PM
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Agreed with pretty much everything that's been said, but I would like to mention that at least while you're still so new to things to avoid ordering online - IMHO you need an experienced person to tell you if things fit how they should for safety reasons (ie: helmet), and all brands for differently. Unless you can find the exact make/model in store and try it on/have them tell you how it should be fitting - then go ahead and order that same make/model online.

It's so very important to have those things fit correctly and when you are still so new if strongly suggest buying at least the helmet in person from a reputable company.

Otherwise sounds like you're pretty close to being ready! Keep us updated!
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post #20 of 21 Old 05-16-2015, 12:00 PM
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When is the lesson??
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