11/5/13

No Stirrup November

Today. I get my saddle. I talked to A about it at the barn yesterday and she put my mind at ease. Needless to say, it's a little intimidating to just jump into a new discipline. I don't know what I'm doing, I mean, I know the overall stuff but not everything. Western is definitely my little comfort zone, but in horses, aren't you supposed to break out of that? After all, if I didn't break out of my old comfort zone, I would've never even trotted my horse, let alone think about showing later on, riding tackless and etc.

But, when you ride Western, it's a lot harder to do no stirrup work because your stirrups don't just come off or slip over easily. ;) But in English, it's easier. My biggest downfall is my lack of strength and bad heels, therefor I've decided to very mildly-in the beginning at least-participate in No Stirrup November! Yay?
No stirrup work . . . Grrrr  But I still like it even if it's hard
 But, all in all, I really am excited to do it. I'm lacking a lot of strength and this will help me out. We'll do a lot of walking/trotting at first. I don't think I'm brave enough to attempt the canter with no-stirrups quite yet since it's so horrendous right now. It's easier to ride than the trot but faster and I need to kind of plant myself a bit more, which is where the stirrups come in, so we shall see.
2013 George Morris Horsemastership Training Session Day 4: No-Stirrup Flatwork from Practical Horseman | EquiSearch.com -- George Morris flatwork tips, must read

 But on another note, I also decided to join The Little Bay Princess' blog hop!

"I want to hear about your equestrian bucket list! I think we all have things, whether they be on paper or in our head, that we would love to do someday. Pick three that are horse related, and tell me a little about them."
DRESSAGE
 Do Dressage.

 Honestly, Dressage is what sucked me into English riding. When I saw how Red was coming along, and as he started feeling better, he started having such a beautiful extended trot, and actually did a little canter pirouette and did it well, then I find out that he was indeed used occasionally for some Dressage work, I think he has potential and I love it. The idea of it captured me. Dancing with your horse? Uh? Sign me up!
Learn how to rope.
Yet another thing Red has been used for and shows huge potential for. No matter how English I get, I will always love my little "southern comfort zone" and I would love, love, love to learn how to rope. Redman has some serious cow and goat sense, which we discovered not too long ago, and I think he'd do great! Plus it'd be fun. ;)
Show Red.


 I would love to show eventually. Maybe in Ranch Pleasure, trail class or something English. :) Dressage, maybe. :)


10 comments:

  1. I started out western as well, and after trying English out decided it was a better fit for me! Have fun with the new saddle and see how you like it! :) Best of luck!!

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    1. I'm super excited to try it out this week! Thanks!! :)

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  2. Definitely get some lessons for the english riding. You should be able to get a trainer to come out for you. It's a discipline that will REALLY benefit from some direct advice from a professional. Even three to five lessons in the beginning will help you a lot.

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    1. Yes! The lady at the barn who rides English is going to help me, as well as another friend. Both are professionals. I'm excited!

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  3. Good luck with learning your new discipline. Next...eventing...moahaha

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    1. Lol!!!! It WOULD be fun but I think I'd kill myself!

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  4. Good luck with English riding! All the stuff on your bucket list sound like fun. Good luck with those too!

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  5. Good luck on your new adventure!

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  6. Wow! sounds great!! Totally wish I had a horse......... oh well, anyway good luck with no stirrups!

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