As I told you earlier, I am taking part in the Ariat "Jumping with the Stars" at the Midwest Horse Fair on April 18th in Madison. The video above is from my FIRST lesson. I still have a lot of learning to do in a short amount of time, I need to learn how to JUMP! I'm kind of scared about that. Check out more about the event here and any advice from the pros out there would be greatly appreciated.
Hey there, I saw your ride on Ariat's site Jumping with the Stars. You asked for advice from pro's on riding, and since I'm a riding instructor from Michigan, I thought I'd give you some tips I give to my students.
1- Shift your weight to the lower half of your body. With your balance being closer to the horse's body, you are better able to follow his/her movement.
2- Don't grip with your knee, if you do it will serve as a pivot point. Your lower leg will swing which will in turn will swing your upper body- ruining all balance.
3- Posting/rising trot isn't about how high you stand in the stirrups, think of only rising an inch or two off off the seat of the saddle and landing in the middle of the saddle. This will keep you balanced the best.
4- Keep your heels down- if your tendons down the back of your leg hurt- you are doing it correctly ;) This not only helps keep your leg in a strong position on the horse but will help your leg slide out of the stirrup if you get into trouble.
5-Instinct tells us when we are in trouble to crouch in a ball- do the opposite when you feel insecure on a horse. If you were to crouch like a ball on a horse you will bounce off. Instead, sit tall (maybe lean back a bit) and stretch your legs around the horses sides.
6- The horse does not have a map attached to his/her neck, nor will his neck fall off- so don't look at it! Instead, look ahead to make sure you aren't going to crash into a jump, person or run away horse!
Riding well is just a series of pressures from your hand, seat, or leg, given at the correct place and time. Its a lot harder than it looks! Keep up the great work, you look like you are off to a really good start! Good Luck with the Ariat challenge- I'm sure you will do fantastic!
We all have to start somewhere right? Don't let the beginning stages of learning to ride frustrate you. A correct and balanced seat develops over time as we learn to balance on the horse. Your body will learn muscle memory as you develop in your riding.
Keep your chin up and look where you are going, the horse will follow your body as you look either straight ahead, to the left or the right. A lot of riders make the mistake of trying to do too much in the beginning. Starting on the lunge line is a great way to build confidence. Looks like you have a great horse and instructor to start you out.
I will be at Midwest cheering you on!! Good luck and keep riding! You may just find yourself hooked to the sport of riding.
Your going to do great!!
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This Land is Your Land, This Land is Lego
Jeff Fieren's a photographer from Nova Scotia who's been known to dabble in dioramas using only Lego building blocks and other lego items.
Seems like maybe he's got some spare time on his hands - maybe a lot of it.
Check out his website. He's built dioramas of each of the 50 United States.
Some are dead on: dancing girls in Nevada; folks attending a big football game in Alabama; and the Wright Brothers in North Carolina.
But others will have you scratching your head: a merry-go-round and funnel cake stand for New Jersey; two guys on swings for Ohio; and a roadway sign saying "Welcome to Delaware" immediately followed by one saying "Thanks for visiting."
Come on, guys. We all know that's a Rhode Island joke.
Ed Sheeran, Wedding Singer
Did you catch this one?
A radio station in Sydney, Australia had already arranged an $80,000 dream wedding for a local couple after the unemployed groom wrote to talk about their need to postpone their wedding due to personal and financial hardship.
Everything taken care of, down to the last detail.
So when a somewhat familiar wedding singer showed up, no one should have been surprised, right?
Surprised they were when Ed Sheeran walked in, strapped on his guitar and played "Thinking Out Loud," the song the couple had chosen for their first dance.
And it's good to know Ed's got something to fall back on in case this recording thing falls through...
Just surprised this lovely couples first dance. Available for weddings, birthdays and bar mitzvah's, contact your local super market for details
A photo posted by @teddysphotos on Mar 25, 2015 at 7:44pm PDT
Kourtney K, Trail Blazer
The Kardashians are frequently known for taking what others do and trying to top it.
This newest one has me scratching my head though.
You've heard of breastfeeding selfies, right?
Giselle Bunchchen started the trend, posting pictures of herself feeding her children.
And Alyssa Milano has kept the trend alive.
They're called "brelfies."
Now, Kourtney is posting pictures of her using breast pumps to express her breast milk to feed her child later.
So what do we call these types of pictures? Pumpies?
After the show it's the after party.
A photo posted by Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) on Mar 21, 2015 at 6:39pm PDT
That's Some Expensive Texting
The general manager of the NFL's Cleveland Browns has been suspended for four games without pay and fined $250,000.
For texting to on-field personnel during games.
That's a serious wrist slap right there.
A lot tougher than the NFL's former "Give Me That Phone You'll Get It Back At The End of The Game" policy...
Available at No Stores Anywhere
James Corden's been in the late slot after Letterman for about a week now.
And he's making a bit of a splash.
This week, he had soccer star David Beckham as a guest on The Late Late Show, and they took the opportunity to debut a new clothing line.
A new underclothing line, to be precise.
You'd think more people would be taking shots at The Biebs and his Calvin Klein ads...
Stephen King on Indiana
Despite being a guy who chooses to write books that are over 1000 pages long, Stephen King can be short, sweet and to the point at times.
Take for instance his reaction to Indiana's controversial new Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
He's not a fan, and he puts it in a very simple light.
No novel, no novella, not even a short story needed here.
Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration act is gay discrimination, pure and simple. You can frost a dog turd, but it's still a dog turd.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 31, 2015
Bieber's Roast Airs
It seems like the roast that would never end, but the Comedy Central roast of Justin Bieber finally aired last night.
The folks at ABC News provide a two-minute summary on this morning's "The Skinny."
Check it out for a clean breakdown of the show.
If you believe the clips, it looks like the Biebs had some of the best lines of the night.
Meet the New Daily Show Host
Comedy Central announced yesterday the replacement for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.
Just as everyone expected, the new host is... Trevor Noah?
Um, sorry, who?
Trevor's relatively new to The Daily Show.
Heck, he's relatively new to the US, having arrived at both spots back in December - four months ago - from his native South Africa.
In fact, back then, he made his debut appearance on The Daily Show as a correspondent.
Now, suddenly, he's the new host. As others scramble to find out more about him, why not just sit back and watch that debut..
Oh No He Didn't...
Justin Bieber took the stage as a back-up singer with Ariana Grande in Miami over the weekend.
His job: help her with "Love Me Harder."
And he couldn't do it. He flubbed the lines, then gave up and started dancing on stage and greeting fans to cover for his failed memory.
He apologized repeatedly to Ariana on stage.. And he did so on Instagram afterwards as well.
Accepted or not, I'll bet it's the last time he's invited to be Ariana's back-up...
Had fun with u Ariana, even tho I forgot all the words haha
A photo posted by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on Mar 28, 2015 at 8:46pm PDT
The Beginning of The New World
Jay Z enlisted some top-level friends to help him announce his new streaming music service, Tidal.
Beyonce was there, of course, and Kanye. But so was Madonna, and Nicki Minaj, and Jason Aldean, and Chris Martin, and more.
Dozens of artists, in the room and on-line, to hear about and lend support to Jay Z's game changing idea.
His plan is to get consumers to pay for music they're used to streaming for free.
You laugh, but it worked for Netflix.
The man could really be on to something big here...