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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 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

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 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....

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

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

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!

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 21:11:21

oh yes....i waved bye to some of it tonight! the stables do loans....grin

NotGoodNotBad Tue 30-Oct-12 21:05:32

I hope you have reconciled yourself to the idea of waving bye-bye to a huge wodge of cash every month!

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 30-Oct-12 20:33:47

the one i ended up going to is further away (double the distance in fact and takes 20 mins to get there) but i dont really feel like giving my business to the other place after the way they let me get ready, get there and then decide to tell me it was off. pissed off was not the word angry

i wouldnt mind if they had phoned at any point to apologise but they havent.

liked it - i loved it. absolutely loved it. the smell and everything - omg im hooked.

Alameda Tue 30-Oct-12 20:25:02

I don't know the answers but am so glad you liked it! smile that's so terrible about the first place though, really shocking

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 30-Oct-12 19:06:35

i did wonder whether or not i should have been lunged until my technique is better?

or is it better to learn to control the horse and learn technique at the same time?

i had a lovely lovely placid old boy who knew the ropes better than me but i was trying to concentrate on technique at the same time as trying to keep him going....

id appreciate thoughts on the best way to learn?
or is it just practice practice practice?
my balance isnt great (tired to stand while riding to find my balance but kept toppling over! found it easier in a trot strangely) but my instructor said id done really well to say ive not ridden for so long, i do need to relax more in the saddle.

i really enjoyed it so much though and im hooked. grin

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 30-Oct-12 18:57:04

had a lesson tonight.

the school i had booked with was shockingly bad - they asked me to let them know if i couldnt make but they couldnt extend me the same courtesy! i turned up to be told that no one was available to take my lesson - i asked why they hadnt let me know and got a piss poor excuse - the bloke said he had been trying to phone - he hadnt and i said so - i have had no missed calls or anything - then he changed his story and said he couldnt get into the house to phone me....quite pissed off with their lack of professionalism - i wasted petrol and time to get there.

so i rang another place and they got me in tonight (i was all dressed up with no horse to ride) and i loved it!!!

to say ive not sat on a hoss for 30 years i did ok i think! part of the learning curve was keeping my little hoss going but i got to a trot and loved it. bit nervous about getting to a canter - id forgotten how bouncy it all is!

legs will ache tomorrow i think! but i love love loved it! booked again for next week.

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 23-Oct-12 20:18:04

always a bonus! my hair is bleached to within an inch of its life so i doubt theyd survive.....saying that, if i do get a hoss, the hair will be the first casualty! i get £100 a month to spend on me.....i have a feeling that it wont go very far! grin

Alameda Tue 23-Oct-12 20:14:23

and you won't get nits from their hats! grin

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 23-Oct-12 20:10:19

cheers for that alameda - i will bear that in mind, ill probably need some half chaps or socks....

my hat is Charles Owen....the array of colours is great now isnt it! i was colour coordinated by accident....the only pair of cheap jods was navy, the only cheap hat cover was also navy....and ive got a blue zip up fleece which ill wear.

i tried it all on when i got home blush looked rather smart! im glad i got my own hat now as if the stables had lent me one its doubtful it would have fit, at least ill be safe. (and colour coordinated!)

Alameda Tue 23-Oct-12 20:08:19

oh stop it, I want some new stuff too now envy

have got bumble bees on my hat (Barnaby - Barney Bee) was a present, they are quite discreet

otherwise I just wear whatever, we seem to have accumulated a lot. Have noticed that horse WILL stage severe lameness if am riding in something ridiculous like a very short stretchy dress and I will have to walk all the way home feeling and looking even more daft than usual - only for him to trot up sound as soon as we get back. Grrrrrr.

Pixel Tue 23-Oct-12 20:04:35

Sounds very smart! I must make more effort to be colour-co-ordinated smile.

Am just about to choose a new hat for my birthday (mine looks ok and I haven't fallen on it but suppose it ought to be replaced as five years old ). I'm going for Harry Hall as I know they fit the shape of my head and what size to get which means I can order online (nearest saddler is rip off merchant a bit pricey). After changing my mind several times I thought I'd made a decision on which colour to get, only to find they've introduced about 3 new colours! arrgh!

Alameda Tue 23-Oct-12 20:04:33

Or even some long socks (there are sort of hurty bits of tack pressing on your calf when you curl it round, I find anyway) I think you can even get socks that double up as half chaps!

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 23-Oct-12 20:01:15

oh just realised i didnt get chaps or half chaps.....but i can go and get them later cant i to wear with the boots....

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 23-Oct-12 19:59:10

i have a unnaturally small head - a 54, so can get away with kids hats, but i tried quite a few on. the skull cap fitted better as it was deeper....she said i have a round head....anyway - she seemed to know what she was doing so i let her get on with it.

the boots....i just got some jod boots but they were reduced from £39.99 to £20. someone on here said jod boots would allow me to feel what im doing better to start with. the brand is Orich?? not spent a fortune on any of it - the hat was only £46 plus £6 for the cover....i could have spent way more! when i get long boots im going to get a decent pair.

Alameda Tue 23-Oct-12 19:47:29

oooh want some new things too, what boots did you get? <nosy>

have never heard that about velvet hats! But skull caps are great and very customisable, you can change the silk whenever you like

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 23-Oct-12 19:46:32

i bought a cheap silky cover for it -in navy - matches my jods!

Pixel Tue 23-Oct-12 19:44:15

You can always buy a velvet cover for your skull cap if you want. smile

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 23-Oct-12 18:25:17

will do! im wishing i could go sooner now im all sorted!

SrirachaGhoul Tue 23-Oct-12 16:22:47

Let us know how it goes, Vicar. I've been thinking about getting back in the saddle now that kids are in school; I'm scared!

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