Looking into Buying
I'm sixteen years old, and a little bit desparate.
I'm aware that we don't have that much money. I'm planning on boarding at my trainer's for a while while she makes sure I'm sound on husbandry before I go boarding somewhere else, I'm just a tad bit torn.
Having a muscular dystrophy, it's hard to find something I'd like to do. I don't have the strength to get up onto an English saddle without a handicap ramp, so I normally ride Western, and quite lately I've had the want to do trail riding. Riding is nearly the only way I can get exercise, considering I can't run or do anything like that on my feet without having a high risk of hurting myself. I'm just not sure what to get. I'm looking into it now so I have a good idea whenever I actually start searching for that special horse.
I've been thinking about doing trail riding. My muscles are very weak, and I'm doing physical therapy and still managing out my nerve pain with my doctors. I have a very healthy heart, though, and a good spirit, and I think if I ride, riding will be a training for me as well as the horse. Considering this, if I don't do trail riding competitively, I'd like to do it as a hobby. I'm not sure what I can or can't do, but I have considered qualifying for the handicapped olympics, the only problem is is most of my problems are internal and takes a doctor to notice, so people normally mistake me for being normal.
Anyhow, I want a reasonably sized horse. I actually usually ride ponies, the QHs being 4.1 and a half hands, and barely making it. I'm 5'5" and do feel a tad bit large on those horses, so I'm thinking something around 5.2 hh. I am about 130 and although I do seem proportional and fit, I am a tad bit overweight. With genetics and the sedentary lifestyle caused by my MD, I'm not entirely hoping on losing a lot of weight, even though I have been dieting and watching my weight a good bit (and I dip down to about 115 in the summer). Regardless, considering I need a mounting block to get up, and I mount from the right side usually, I need a horse that's patient and will stand still.
I'm confident and can handle fast and strong horses. My problem usually lies with the horse /refusing/ to go. Yet another problem, I do have some problems kicking and sometimes rely on neckreining and kissing. My ankles usually give way and 'm still working on developing the kicking--because that's just one of those things that normal people can do that I can't.
I don't want to deal with a mean horse. I'm very caring towards animals and animals, in particular cats and dogs, tend to come to me and love cuddling, and with horses, I can have a good relationship with a good horse, but I don't have the time or the experience to take in a horse that's been abused or neglected, or isn't very nice.
I know that the horse doesn't necessarily depend on the breed, and I'm sorry for going a tad bit overboard with all my explanations. I'm just kind of filling in a few blanks and trying to come up with a breed that would most fit my needs.