Originally Posted by Alasdair
Hi, I've never done horse riding before and it looks like it could be fun.
I do not want to wear those silly tights, hats and jackets that the English horse riding people wear. I don't wan't to do dressage either- it looks stupid and I don't see the point of making an animal dance. I've thought of doing western riding since my fourth birthday when I dressed up as a cowboy, then going the USA when I was six on a tour of "cowboy country". I never found out more about horse riding till recently when I saw a cowboy documentary and remembered again...Thought I may as well give it a go...
Anyway, where can I do western riding near Epping Forest, or London, or Essex?
I'm 17 and have never ridden before. I also don't have loads of money.
Any help much appreciated thanks.
Is it odd for a 17 year old boy to be interested in starting horse riding? People have said that horse riding is for little girls and Bronies (and I don't like my little pony/ not a Brony and am not a little girl). There doesn't seem to be any basis for this stereotype. I mean apparently a hundred years ago, horse riding was not generally considered to be for women so what's happened? Any Ideas?
On what you said about dressage: It is not dancing. The maneuvers you see are actually derived from the cavalry. Horses needed to be in top condition, and because dressage requires strong muscles and impeccable balance, a military horse without such training would not make as good a mount (usually) as one who has it. And if you plan on doing Western riding, you will be (depending on your instructor) incorporating techniques and exercises used in dressage in your lessons. I understand what you mean by what you said, though. For a long time, I thought it was stupid and made no sense at all. But as I switched instructors, I learned that dressage contains basics that can be used to improve any rider and horse, no matter the discipline. My horse and I are jumpers, but my instructor has us doing everything from dressage to reining and barrel exercises because each one we use will improve my horse and my riding ability drastically in our chosen event. I won't even go into how stupid we looked trying to spin like reiners....We're improving, though. :)
Anyways, I am glad that you are looking into taking up riding! It is nice to see guys that are interested in it. It's really not girly at all. You get bitten, kicked at, stomped on, and spit on. You fall off and risk everything from a broken finger to a broken neck. You shovel poop. You walk around for hours with a halter trying to catch a horse, and by the time you have him, it's dark but you still have work to do. It's dusty. You have to be there no matter the weather. You have to sacrifice lots of time. It doesn't sound girly at all to me.
I would tell you of any stables in the areas you wrote down, but I live in the States, so I cannot.
I hope you find an excellent trainer and that you really enjoy yourself with riding! It is a completely different language when you start out, but if you are patient and curious, it will become second nature. Also, do NOT give up on it! It is so worth all of the hard work that goes into it!
P.S. Nobody quote me on what I said about dressage....I may not be 100% correct. ><