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post #1 of 6 Old 12-30-2013, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Greetings from Southwest Michigan

Hello, my name is Brittany and I turned 18 years old the day after X-mas.

I don't own a horse or ride, but meeting a new friend recently brought it to my attention and I know now that I want to mount a horse and ride with him at the farm. See, horses are my favorite animal, however, I never thought about actually riding one. I guess I was always just overwhelmed with shyness to ask for lessons.

I want to ride English, but I admit, the saddles scare me a little bit. They look super hard to ride in; it's like there's barely anything underneath your bottom. Not to mention, I'm tiny for my age. I'm 4'11 and fluctuate between 135 and 140 pounds. But I'm sure that if I start learning to ride in an English saddle, I'll get used to it.

Do you have any advice/tips for a beginner?
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-30-2013, 08:27 PM
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Hi! I'm also from Southwest Michigan.

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post #3 of 6 Old 12-30-2013, 08:39 PM
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Welcome to the forum, fellow Michigander! Before I owned horses, I'd only ridden in a western saddle trail riding. When I acquired my 1st horse, I inherited her English saddle, and when trying it, I was hooked! Not hooked to the discipline, but the lightness of the saddle. Scary for a minute, but then, wow! I live out in the middle of nowhere, so I ride my horses either bareback or with the English saddle. I'm only 5' tall :)
**Not sure, however, how height would have anything to do with the saddle, as I find tacking and riding more comfortable with mine!

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post #4 of 6 Old 12-31-2013, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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Not sure, however, how height would have anything to do with the saddle, as I find tacking and riding more comfortable with mine!
It's a silly fear, but I'm concerned that my small size will lead to me flying out of the saddle. Being vertically challenged also means that it will be difficult for me to get in the saddle without something to stand on. Pardon me if I sound foolish. I have no knowledge on horses or riding. That's why I'm here. I would love to learn about it before jumping on.
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post #5 of 6 Old 12-31-2013, 04:23 PM
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Welcome to the forum!

I am also very short, only standing at exactly 5ft.

If I were you, I'd track down a reputable riding stable where you can begin to take some lessons. You will probably have to use a mounting block (it's like a portable stair-case!) to get on the taller horses. I use one and have no shame what so ever. :)

Also, being short doesn't mean that you have a higher chance of falling out of the saddle. It all depends on how secure your seat is. If you work with a riding instructor, he/she will teach you how to properly sit in the saddle and where to place your weight for a secure seat.

I wish you the best of luck in your riding endeavors! :)
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-31-2013, 04:30 PM
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Oh gosh no, it's not a silly fear!! I fell hard off my QH once @ the trot (bareback, and she has a very bouncy trot) and the next time I rode her I could feel my heart pounding when I mounted! I was just saying that since I'm only 5' tall, I like the lightness of the English saddle - way less cumbersome. And I always need my mounting block :)
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