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  • Book or online source to explain riding terms?

    So I'm finding when at lessons I often hear terms that I don't know the meaning of and I constantly am interrupting to find out what I'm expected to do. Any good book/ resource to help me with this? Researching after the lesson clearly helps, but having a better idea before hand might be more productive

    Thanks!
    I will still smell your sweetly scented maple self...

    Rustbreeches

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    What sort of lessons are you taking? Hunt seat, dressage, saddle seat, western?

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      #3
      Hunt seat. I need so much help I didn't even think about a specific discipline.
      I will still smell your sweetly scented maple self...

      Rustbreeches

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      • #4
        I am sorry that your instructor has not bothered to address that issue. That is a less that competent instructor, IMO. Kudos to you for trying to make up for than lack on your own.
        Here is the Google search I just performed to get some ideas for you:
        https://www.google.com/webhp?sourcei...umper%20riders

        Alternatively, come talk to us CoTHers, ask 'what does this mean' and we will try to explain.
        Edited to add, the search term I used was 'books for hunter jumper riders'. You could do the same by substituting dressage for hunter jumper.
        Jeanie
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        • #5
          Huntseat Equitation by George Morris

          This book is pretty much the bible of the discipline. That means it's available at the library.

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          • #6
            What sorts of problems are you having exactly? Do you have a very old school instructor using old fashioned terms or something else? I'm so old I read George Morris' teacher's book - not his, but Hunt Seat Equitation might be good, depending on what your issues are.

            I didn't understand some newer terms, I started riding again and "two point" needed some thought.
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            • #7
              While I applaud your desire to educate yourself part of any teacher's job is to communicate at a level that their students can understand. Same as a vet or a doctor. If they talk in such big terms that you have no idea what they are talking about, they aren't doing their job. It is not only your right but I believe it is your obligation to ask them to explain what they mean in a way that you can understand.
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                #8
                Thank you for the responses! I think a good part of the "problem" is me starting, took time off for a baby, started again with different instructors, etc.

                People also get moved around in lessons, I assume to accommodate for scheduling and moving up in experience(?) so what one student is familiar with may not be the case with another.

                Off to do some reading! Thanks again.
                I will still smell your sweetly scented maple self...

                Rustbreeches

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Laurierace View Post
                  While I applaud your desire to educate yourself part of any teacher's job is to communicate at a level that their students can understand. Same as a vet or a doctor. If they talk in such big terms that you have no idea what they are talking about, they aren't doing their job. It is not only your right but I believe it is your obligation to ask them to explain what they mean in a way that you can understand.
                  I agree with this completely....

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                    Originally posted by Laurierace View Post
                    While I applaud your desire to educate yourself part of any teacher's job is to communicate at a level that their students can understand. Same as a vet or a doctor. If they talk in such big terms that you have no idea what they are talking about, they aren't doing their job. It is not only your right but I believe it is your obligation to ask them to explain what they mean in a way that you can understand.
                    I agree with this completely....

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                    • #11
                      The link above sent me to a lot of possibilities, but you can't go wrong with "George Morris Teaches Beginners to Ride". It cover the basics, and is available used for under $15. (It may be out of print new, not sure.)

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                      • #12
                        I would really like examples of the terms that need explaining. Do you feel like it's just you that needs the explanation, or do other students have the same difficulty?

                        I am not in a rush to bash your instructor, but I'm trying to imagine the scenario - if I ask students to get into two point, and 3 out of 4 do, and the 4th looks confused, I'm then going to try alternate terms - half seat, jump position, etc., and them I'm going to call the fourth rider in off the rail so I can help them. Is that not happening? Or is it terms like "Half turn in reverse" Instead of "half circle and change rein" or "change rein across the diagonal?" - different ways of saying the same thing!

                        BTW, the book references you've been give so far are great, also consider Gordon Wright's Learning to Ride, Hunt and Show. Short, lots of great diagrams and pictures and written for novices.
                        The plural of anecdote is not data.

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                          [QUOTE=McGurk;7629618]I would really like examples of the terms that need explaining. Do you feel like it's just you that needs the explanation, or do other students have the same difficulty?

                          I think it's just me. I posted a response above where I mentioned how I had to take time off. The children I ride with seem to be just fine with the terms. Of course, I don't wait to check. If I don't understand I ask immediately. Basic stuff...I had to ask about home, X, which rein I'm on. I've had three instructors in the time I've been riding there so they obviously can't keep track of who has taught what, either.

                          I did find the George Morris book on amazon a while ago...$75. I take it to be about the size of a text book?!

                          I will continue my quest for knowledge!
                          Last edited by Tab; Jun. 18, 2014, 03:31 PM. Reason: ETA. I can't quote properly...
                          I will still smell your sweetly scented maple self...

                          Rustbreeches

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                          • #14
                            See, what I did in group lessons was sneak peeks at the other riders around me and follow their lead -that IS how I figured out two-point.
                            Courageous Weenie Eventer Wannabe
                            Incredible Invisible

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                            • #15
                              $26.00 At Walmart -

                              http://www.walmart.com/ip/460688?wml...244510&veh=sem
                              The plural of anecdote is not data.

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                              • #16
                                http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listi...=used&sr=&qid=

                                Used copies cheaper at Amazon.
                                “A man convinced against his will, is of the same opinion still.”

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                                  #17
                                  Thanks everyone! Just ordered me some wisdom from George Morris! It is used, MUCH better deal than the only one I saw before with the $75 price tag.

                                  I appreciate the support I've received so far!
                                  I will still smell your sweetly scented maple self...

                                  Rustbreeches

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                                  • #18
                                    Tab, I am cleaning out my horse books and will check my give-away pile. I'll let you know what I have and if you want any, you can have them for free.
                                    Proud member of Appendix QH clique

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