Girls Horse Club Blog

My First Riding Lesson

Published by • Mar 25th, 2009 • Category: Riding Advice

by Allison, age 13

Thank you to everyone at Girls Horse Club who encouraged me and gave me advice about how to prepare for my first riding lesson! It really eased my worries. Riding lessons can be full of the unexpected. I was amazed at all involved in riding. After many tries, I sometimes remembered to keep my heels down and legs under me, and I finally got posting kind of figured out. But it was a long process. I’m actually surprised we got it all done in an hour! To all you horse girls a little afraid about your first lesson, here’s what I did my first riding lesson:

We arrived at the stables a little early and I had time to get used to the place, look around, and pet a very friendly horse. My riding instructor showed up on time and we started. First, she showed me the proper way to groom a horse. While brushing may seem simple, there is a certain flick of the wrist you must learn to get it right. At first, I was afraid to pull on the mane when I brushed it; even though my teacher told me it didn’t hurt the horse, it was still hard to get used to. Next, she showed me how to tack up so I can do it at my next lesson. I don’t think I’ll remember it then; I don’t think I can remember it now! But I’ll get it… someday.

Finally, we got to the riding. We practiced proper position at the walk, and I learned to post at a walk. Then, we sped up a little to the trot. I could not remember to keep my body in the right position, hold my hands down, and keep my horse from running me into the wall of the round pen! Once I finally got into a good position and was getting the hang of it, my lazy horse would stop. We moved on to a posting trot and I got it relatively quickly. I just really felt the bouncing!

To finish the lesson, we did exercises to improve my balance and coordination. Let’s just say I have a long way to go. I did okay on the “Around the World” exercise where you turn in the saddle, but the exercise where you lay across the horse’s back and try to get your feet into the stirrups really stumped me. We just gave up on that one for the day. After that, we untacked my horse and I left with a promise to return the following week.

I hope I didn’t make riding lessons sound terrible. This lesson was one of the most enjoyable things I have ever done. I hope this prepared some of you for what to expect on the soon-to-be one of the most memorable days of your life. All of you with more questions, check out Madelaina’s blog, Guide To Your First Riding Lesson. And have fun!

Everyone is welcome to comment on their experiences at their first riding lesson.

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  1. Great blog! I just took my first riding lesson last Sunday. I went through pretty much the same stuff you did. Did you feel sore the next day? I did. Grooming is really hard on your arms! I’ve now been doing the exercises from Syd’s blog ‘How To Get In Shape For Riding’ so that I will be prepared for the next lesson.

  2. I’ve almost forgotten my first riding lesson, even though it was only a couple of years ago. You are so lucky that you look after the horse, I didn’t groom a horse until I went to a pony day. Great blog =]

  3. Cool! Way to go. I wouldn’t know how to say whether you did well or not, because I don’t ride, but hey, riding lessons! Congrats!

  4. Thanks for the comments everyone! freeasthewind, yes!!!! I was sore for the next few days, but it wasn’t my arms- it was my legs! Sweetie, I never want to forget my first riding lesson so I started keeping a riding log. I was glad I got to take care of my horse, too (even if he did try to kick me!) mustang23, I promise, I did not do very well. But I had fun, and that’s the important thing. I did do better at my second lesson though! It was yesterday.

  5. Congratulations, I’m so glad to hear that everything went well at your riding lesson! I went through pretty much the same things at my first lesson, and trust me I was an absolute disaster at posting. Learning to ride a horse isn’t easy, it takes determination, dedication and time- lots and lots of time. Soon you’ll reach the smoother roads, like horsejo talked about in her blog “Crossing the Bumpy Road to the Smooth”. It’s a very nice blog to look back on when horse riding is at its hardest. Happy riding!

  6. I keep a riding log, but I only started writing in it last summer, after reading a blog on here!

  7. I was inspired by that blog on GHC, too, Sweetie! Thanks for the encouragement, Madelaina.


  9. Cool Blog! Yeah i’m still working at the flicking thing……