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Comment by Gayle Wilbert-Paoletti on March 24, 2012 at 2:18pm

Oh THANK YOU to everyone that has posted regarding my riding lesson experience. All the information has been extremely valuable and up lifting. Elin and Cathie....I will follow up with the riding academy and see if twice weekly lessons can be made available. I can certainly see the benefit in the short term. Thank you so much for your sage advice! In the meantime, I do a lot of visualizing at throwing my leg over the couch alot!!!  

Comment by Ellin McGinley Daum on March 24, 2012 at 11:55am

Hi Gayle, Cathie is absolutely right about the two lessons each week especially if you do not have the opportunity to ride in between your weekly lessons.  The learning process proceeds much faster and the whole picture is more satisfying for the student.

Comment by Cathie M. on March 24, 2012 at 10:59am

Gayle, is it possible for you to take 2 lessons a week at least for a little while? When I was learning, I found this really helped.You do eventually get to a level where you can ride weekly and enjoy it greatly but that twice a week for a while really gets your muscle memory going.

Comment by Mary-Joe Figueira on March 24, 2012 at 9:39am

It is fun to practise.

Comment by Carol Bradley on March 23, 2012 at 4:48pm

Keep going - sounds to me like your doing really well!Our horses are so fkorgiving and I am sure yours is just happy that you are having a happy time.- they just love that.

Comment by Cindy Jeffery on March 23, 2012 at 1:31pm

Not to worry Gayle you will be riding like a pro in a few months keep up the hard work it all really does get better :-)))

Comment by Sherry Cassetori on March 23, 2012 at 7:28am

WOW I give you credit, yes it does get better then more you do it the easier it is.  I was like that also in the beginning, now I help other students tack up for my instructor.  The more you learn the more you want to learn.  Have fun

Comment by Gayle Wilbert-Paoletti on March 23, 2012 at 3:05am

Hi Friends!  Well, I had riding lesson #4 tonight on my dear little Comet. Love it all, but sure wish I had a horse to practise on between weekly lessons! I Gotta tell you all I feel like all thumbs while switching from halter to bridle and visa versa.  Poor little Comet, I am sure he was wondering if I would ever get this right!...I need more arms and hands to hold everything and committed the cardinal sin and dropped the bridle on the floor! Does all this get better after awhile, all you experts out there???   lol  Well at least I did not get the gallop booties on unsidedown and backwards tonight! And that blasted cinch (riding western)  Practise, practise!  However, seriously, the fact that I am even on a horse without palpitations at this point is exhilarating! Right turn, left turn! Now, dismounting is a whole 'nother issue..I know what you are supposed to do, but getting the legs to do it..gees...My riding instructor has been in the business of horses for 50+years and said tonight, she is still learning. So, I guess I am doing ok after 4 weeks!!  LOL.  Cheers ladies and gents!!!

Comment by Carol Bradley on March 22, 2012 at 2:16pm


A couple of years ago I fell in love with Harry (photo left) his owner (a very clever lady) saw me coming and insisted that If she let me buy Harry I had to take his two "aunties" too - they were both in their late twenties.  I had them both until last year but until then they were loved and well cared for and had a happy life until the end.  Just goes to prove that there are people out there willing to take any horse on you just have to search a bit.  Harry´s previous owner had been advertising all over the UK for about three months and had seen almost 100 people before she fell for my husband and I!

Or perhaps you could share with a younger person so that you could still be involved, offer your experience at times and enjoy the progress.  Just a thought.

Comment by Cathie M. on March 22, 2012 at 11:19am

 I have seen this problem from both sides (sounds like a song!).

I have owned three horses: I was lucky to be able to keep them all in retirement and did not have to think about selling them (still have 2 of them 22 years old this year and happy field ornaments). However this next part may make you feel better. When I wanted a younger horse, 2 years ago, I found a lovely woman through my farrier who could not ride anymore but had a 6 year old mare that she desperately wanted a good home for. Once she got to know me, she would have given me the mare for nothing just so she would go to someone who would care for her as much as she did. I did insist on paying for her - probably less than market value but as much as I could afford. But that mare will be with me for the rest of her life and I am so happy with her.

There must be someone out there that will love your horses as much as you do.  If the 2 horses are bonded, it would be lovely if they could go together but that would be a more difficult task although not impossible. Take your time and find the right people - it can be done. Of course you know to be very wary of people that offer to take them for free. If they can afford to keep them, they can afford to pay at least something for them. Best of luck.


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