My name is Alex, and I have recently resumed riding lessons after a break of about 6/7 years. I am 18 years old and am in my final year at school, currently studying Music, English and History for my A-Levels in the summer. I used to go riding nearby when I was 8/9 but I didn?t really enjoy it, for I was scared, as far as I recall.
My new burst of energy really came from watching Lord of the Rings
. I know it is a bit cheap, but when watching the intensely moving scene where Arwen (Liv Tyler) races to the Ford with Frodo, while being pursued by the 9 black riders, I realised what I was missing, and found a stable close to where I am at the moment. I have taken 4 lessons so far (in the space of 5 days) and my last one is gonna happen Monday evening ? that is last one before I go back to school.
I had some general questions for anyone who can spare the time for a brief answer:
What should I be doing with my feet while on the horse? Should I have them stuck in the stirrups or have only the ball on the stirrups or what? I haven?t yet bought boots and at the moment just wear my normal shoes, but when I go into trot my feet tend to slide to the front of the stirrups and I feel that this isn?t necessarily the most natural way of doing things? Any advice?
Once I have learnt walk and trotting, what is the logical progression from there in terms of lessons? I haven?t done any lunge work yet and there is still loads of work to do on my seat and balance etc.. Obviously after only 4 lessons, I am only now getting used to riding again, and I don?t feel as sore as I did after my first lesson (just remembering makes me sore
How many lessons a week should I have (can one ride too much?)?while I am at school I will probably only be able to manage to ride once a week, but at home I can do more; is it worth it. I would like to, in order to spend more time with the horses etc., but maybe it is not advisable etc.?
On specific riding schools, I was wondering if anybody in the North Yorkshire area could recommend a good riding school near Helmsley (or even near my school in Ampleforth)? I looked on the search thing on this site, but it was hard to tell what was where, if you know what I mean.
Should I try and ride different horses or should I stick to the same one? I was placed on a horse called Dee Dee, who is wonderfully calm and has never put a hoof out of place in her life, but I am wondering whether it would be better to do something else?
Well, I think that is it, and as it is getting late now (4 am) I will try and get some sleep, but if any of you have any advice before my ?final? lesson on Monday that would be great.