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Gods, I'm already sore. emoticon

First time out for a real lesson. I got a pony (%28horse%29]Haflinger), and it was a stubborn little fellow. Most of the times I did win, though.

We even got to do a little canter, and even though the pony managed to cut it short, I managed to force him into a direction it didn't want to go.

Oh, but I'm paying. I rubbed my ring fingers raw (no longer have gloves), I sprained my thumb, and my legs already hurt.

Still, it was a surprise to find so much courage inside me, as well as determination. And my body remembered much more than I expected, too. I had lots of fun. emoticon

(I really have to look for a neat horsie smilie.)

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OHh [sign in to see URL] part of the body is sooooo tender after you [sign in to see URL]. Not to mention leg muscles you're not used to using.

It sounds like it was a lot of fun. And think about [sign in to see URL] only gets easier (though it may not feel that way).

I miss having horses to ride.

Enjoy your lessons!! And the stubborness of the pony. Sometimes that stubborness will help you out of a jam. emoticon

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Well, I'm not sure I'm going back.

I'd much prefer riding Western Style - which is not easy to find hereabouts. Riding English Style is so often a fight with the horse, especially horses that change riders often.

In addition, it's a question of money. I'd need to get some gear, in addition to the lessons. Still, it was good to find out that I'm still kind of up to it.

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[sign in to see URL]'ve never ridden [sign in to see URL] Western. It just seems Western is a LOT more comfortable, if there is such a thing. LOL. Riding bareback is awesome (a bit easier to me than with a [sign in to see URL] have more cushion under ya), but if I'm going with a [sign in to see URL] Western.

Don't blame you if you don't go on with it. Riding lessons can get rather [sign in to see URL] cost of classes and gear. I got lucky, and pretty much taught myself how to ride as I worked with the horses I was training. There were no helmets, riding clothes, etc I had to deal with. Just jeans, a shirt, decent shoes (all of which I had), and gumption to just get up there and ride.

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Oh, jeans and boots are fine, and I can borrow a hat there. But I definitely need gloves for the next time.

I did get to try out Western during my stay as exchange student, and I much, much prefer it. As you say, it's more relaxed, and it's teamwork rather than a fight.

I'll ask around and see. With luck I can find me a Western horse to try out. emoticon

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we have been taking riding lessons (western) as well. I'd never been on a horse before, now I don't want to get off.

this weekend will be our 4th lesson. I'm signing up for more, wife isn't.. She likes riding in the pasture and this is in an indoor arena.. Heck I'm just happy to get to ride. Makes my dreams of having a horse seem nearer.

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Pcdreams, I'm right with you.

I took lessons as a teenager, until school extended into the afternoons, and it was no longer possible.

That lesson I described almost ended any dreams of riding horses for me - to my surprise. I really hated having to fight that horse ALL the time. Unless that changes, I'm not going back.

Instead, I'm working on changing my life around, and if there are horses in the new life, that'll be great. If not - maybe next time.

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As you say, it's more relaxed, and it's teamwork rather than a fight.



If it's a fight, you've either got the wrong horse, or the wrong instructor!

I rode Western as a kid, and I've been riding English most of my life, and I much prefer English! I find English riding to be much more of a partnership between horse and rider. I can't feel my horse through a Western saddle with those loopy reins.

Each to his own, I guess!

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Hehe.

Yes, it does depend on the experiences one makes. For me, almost all horses I rode English style were "work". The few times I got to ride Western, it was easier. Might have been because I didn't do much with them, though.

I suppose it's best to do what feels good. And if horse and rider can be a team, any method is great.

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