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I figured out that my daughter has had at least 75 lessons in the last 2 years and I've been at nearly every one, watching and absorbing. I promised her I would start taking lessons with her soon. Well, soon caught up with me and I started today. I rode this sweet QH named Trigger. We had my daughter convinced that I would ride the instructors POA Gabby so when I got there today I went out and got this short little pony and my daughter laughed so hard, then I took her back and got Trigger.

2 years of watching had me starting out pretty well. I had a great time, and I will be back. I rode with my daughter, a girl her age who is not quite as advanced, and another girl (my daughter's hero) who is quite advanced.

I will say that I hurt in strange places. The saddle I used had no freaking padding. My **** hurts so freaking bad!:? I can also feel it in my shins now, and my quads are starting to feel it a little. My next several lessons will be private lessons to get me caught up with a couple of other ladies so I can take semi private lessons with them soon. Here are a few pictures. My husband is a crappy photographer, and I'm a little bigger than I wish I were, so please don't judge. I wish I was as photogenic as my daughter, she always takes awesome pictures.

Her, because she's cuter

Me, smiling.

Side by side

Me--I don't know what to say

My daughter cleaning up after the poop machine
 

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Hey! That's pretty good, at least you weren't holding onto the horn of your saddle with a death grip, you looked relaxed. Your daughter is cute. I'm glad you took the step to take lessons, oh and yes it will hurt in strange places, but it will hurt less as you ride and your muscles get used to doing things. Stick with it, you look really good up there.
 

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Hey! That's pretty good, at least you weren't holding onto the horn of your saddle with a death grip, you looked relaxed. Your daughter is cute. I'm glad you took the step to take lessons, oh and yes it will hurt in strange places, but it will hurt less as you ride and your muscles get used to doing things. Stick with it, you look really good up there.
Thanks. I had a horse when I was little and my grandpa raised quarter horses so I've been around them and on them but not for a while. I've watched and helped my daughter for 2 years so I think I had an advantage because I knew what I needed to do, I just had to apply it. Trigger tends to test the kids but he didn't dare test me, which I guess says that my body language also showed confidence. My do I hurt though. I feel like I had a super workout yesterday.
 
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