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ive just booked my first lesson - what do i need!?!

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ThatVikRinA22 Sat 06-Oct-12 16:27:51

im very excited! <does a little happy dance!>
first ever proper riding lesson booked! 1 to 1 tuition so i wont make an arse of myself.....

i do not own wellies, or joggers, and am thinking i may as well buy a couple of things to start me off.

there is an equestrian store close by that sells jodpurs for around £20 and proper boots for about £20.

the stables will loan me a hat for now.

any one have any tips?

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 30-Oct-12 21:12:34

loans of ponies i mean not cash! ha! that would be good! this is a steady descent into having no money left...

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 30-Oct-12 21:16:10

i wonder if i will be able to walk tomorrow? my legs were a bit shaky when i dismounted!

ive had a radox bath!

Pixel Tue 30-Oct-12 21:48:26

Day after the day after (iyswim) is usually the worst grin.

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 30-Oct-12 22:18:18

its all so - bouncy! id forgotten how bouncy it all is! trotting is one thing but im a bit worried about trying a canter.....i think even my trot was a bit messy but it was ok.

how do you stay on during a canter? when i see people ride they look like they are glued to the i know that i used to be able to do that but christ knows how....

thats what 30 years does....

NotGoodNotBad Wed 31-Oct-12 08:45:29

Relaxation is one of the keys to canter (and to sitting trot) - especially in your back. Heather Moffat's Enlightened Equitation book is excellent for explaining how to sit to the different paces, amongst other things.

Also, I have no idea what your fitness is like, but if it's not great it can help to do some stretching and toning exercises in between your rides.

ThatVikRinA22 Thu 01-Nov-12 00:18:42

fitness not bad, but am aching today. booked another lesson for friday with a different school again - am going to try a few and see which i prefer.

i will go and search out that book....thank you for that.

i bought some 1/2 chaps today - sore shins! can chaps be washed or is it better not to?
i am aching today....grin

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