Sunday, October 16, 2011

Lessons Learned

Today was my first "real" lesson in almost a year. I went to the new barn, with a new trainer and I won't lie that I was nervous as hell. I kept trying to make excuses as to why I shouldn't start taking lessons.

1. Too much money eventually (currently they are free.)
2. I don't own a horse to ride.
3. It takes time that I don't have.

The list goes on (it's a 45 minute ride to the barn.) I finally got to the barn about 10 minutes before my lesson was to start and watched the lesson before mine. I was going to wear my pretty breaches, and beautiful tall boots. Instead I wore my jeans that need patching and my new bog boots (rubber boots.) I realized that I didn't have my helmet. I was a nervous wreck.

MC (The trainer) came out to get me. She is so, so calm that it calms me down (AND I NEED THAT!) We talked again, and she reminded me that she was going to teach me everything as if though I have never touched a horse. Best thing ever.

It was an amazing lesson. I had so many "ah ha" moments that I couldn't help but smile. One thing that I like is that she explains things in a way that I totally get. At one point she reminded me that a horses resting heartbeat is 38-40 beats per minute, and a human's is around 70 (resting.) That automatically a horse will sense that we have a higher heart rate than they do, and that can make them nervous. You take me, who's heart rate skyrockets when I'm nervous and no wonder Denali totally thinks I'm a freak.

After some ground work and explaining MC eventually got me on a horse. It was so relaxing and wonderful, I am glad to be back. I actually left the lesson feeling like I learned something, and less stressed out than I was when I started. It was nice. I also lucked into the 2pm lesson spot on Sunday. Apparently that's a coveted time slot. (So said the woman who's lesson was before mine.) We'll see how it goes, but I am going back next Sunday.

In other news (and I keep forgetting to mention this.) I am unable to post comments on blogs. I haven't been able to for a while, and thought it was a glitch. Has anyone else had this problem? It keeps telling me that "Your current account ( does not have access to view this page." Makes me sad. Please don't think that I don't care!! I do a ton, and I wish I could tell you.

ALSO: Thank you to Slbaldwin for my AWESOME award!! I'm glad that we inspire you!! BUT it's ALL of YOU who inspire me! So THANK YOU!!


Alanna said...

I'm so glad you had a good lesson. It sounds like you found a wonderful instructor!

Janine said...

Make sure when you log in that you don't click the keep me logged in button checked. It messes it up for some reason????? Janine

Amy said...

SO awesome about your lesson! So glad you didn't talk yourself out of it.

I am having the same exact problem with commenting. It is not all blogs obviously. But alot of them I cannot comment on. I have noticed the way the comments page comes up there is a pattern. Example: Your blog opens a new page for comments and I can leave a comment but the ones that just open a box to type in on the post page I cannot and I get that same messege that comes up. I too thought it was a glitch and would go away but it has been a while now and I am considering using another blog site becuase it is really bugging me. If anyone has an answer as to why this is happening I would greatly appreciate it.

Kate said...

Its so important to have an instructor that you really click with. It makes riding so much more fun.

Breathe said...

I'm proud of you for taking this step on your journey. I hope you find your way around the corner and build confidence. Somedays it's built out of logs, somedays it's built out of toothpicks. But as long as you're building it's worth celebrating!

SprinklerBandit said...

Awesome! Sounds like a wonderful trainer and I'm so glad you're able to work with her, even a little. Way to go!

Katydid said...

I had the same comment leaving problems until two days ago. I had to log out of everything, shut everything down (blogger, google and my computer)and completly start the log in process again before it would let me leave comments. I got the same message and everything :(


Janine said...

I mean, don't mark the "stay sighned in" box.

Checkmark115 said...

I've had the same problem with the blog pages! FRUSTRATING.

achieve1dream said...

That is so fantastic!! I'm so exciting for you! It sounds like you've finally found the right trainer for you. It takes a while sometimes to find someone you click with that explains things in a way that makes sense to you. I think you'll be amazed at how quickly you progress as you become more comfortable with horses again. A lot will come back to you and it sounds like you'll be learning some stuff you may have forgotten or never knew, so that's awesome. I'm proud of you for going. :D

As for the commenting thing I had some problems recently with Gmail too. They linked Gmail, blogger and Youtube all together. It's so confusing. You might need to make sure your logged into the correct account and/or log into you Google account and make sure the correct accounts are linked. When you log into Google it brings up a page of all of your accounts. I normally go straight to the Gmail, but then I noticed Blogger was on there. When I clicked on that it let me fix everything. I wish I remembered how I did it, but if you look around on there you should be able to find it. Good luck! I miss your comments. :)

Mary said...

I desperately want to take some lessons. It's been way too long since I've ridden. I just can't find any one or place near by to do it. It sounds like a great lesson!

As for the commenting issue, I may be able to help you, I had the same problem myself and I made some setting changes on my machine and now I'm good to go. Send me an e-mail and I will help you. It's pretty easy to fix. I don't know why they make it so hard to find the help for this. Anyway, I'll be happy to help!

Kelly said...

Yeah for a great lesson!!! When Riva was younger, I used to get really nervous before a lesson. Now, I look forward to them - makes all the difference when you have a patient trainer.