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    12-14-2011, 11:57 PM
  #21
Weanling
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Originally Posted by mind    
Wow, I can't thank everyone enough for the outstanding responses, they've alleviated my admittedly a silly concern about being in one of the few men looking to wanting to learn to ride at my age.



Kelly, this is one of my favourite responses to my questions, although I tend to prefer the company of women and have almost exclusively female friends, finding a male instructor is a great idea for the reasons you mentioned. I'll definitely be exploring this idea further, thank you!


No problem....I'm the same way but opposite! I have all male friends lol so I wish more of my male friends would ride. Keep us updated! :)
     
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    12-15-2011, 12:00 AM
  #22
Foal
I think you are at a great age to begin, mature enough to understand the psychology of horses, and have the patience you will need. There is sooo much to learn about horses. I would encourage you to be a sponge and absorb alll you can from books, and videos etc. Some of the best out there are by Clinton Anderson, John Lyons, Pat Parelli, Lynn Palm. I think a good place to start is learing to do ground work with your horse . Go to some clinics if you can in your area. Also educate yourself on the equipment you will use, I.e. Bits, what they do, when it's proper to use them. And just enjoy the learning experience. Take your time, be comfortable as you move ahead in your traiing. We all have to learn sometime, you will find that you never know it all, and will continue to learn forever. Happy Trail to you
     
    12-15-2011, 12:03 AM
  #23
Showing
Howdy and welcome to the forum . I can't offer any suggestions on lessons, especially past what has already been covered so I will just add my post to welcome you to the crazy world of horses .

Being a female rider, and not that much older than you, I must say that I have a tremendous amount of respect for you to go against the grain and get into it at this age when typical guys in our age group are more concerned with cars and video games and the like. It takes a lot of courage to take up a hobby which many people who don't get it may consider silly or childish. Good on you.

I would also love to hear of your progress.

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    12-15-2011, 03:07 AM
  #24
Yearling
Dude I've been there, I just started doing this a few years ago. If I could tell myself from back when I started a couple of things they'd be:

1. There's no substitute for experience. You'll learn stuff and understand it intellectually, but it takes longer for the body to learn it (muscle memory/balance/timing/etc).

2. You can learn more about riding from a full day in a saddle going somewhere than in a month of lessons.

3. Getting good at this is a lifelong process and you will never learn everything there is to know. So don't worry about stuff that doesn't make sense now. It'll come in its own time if you let your skill evolve naturally.

Oh, and this may sound strange but sometimes I feel like I knew more BEFORE I ever studied. Back before I knew anything about horse training I just approached and rode horses kind of naturally and it seemed to work out better. I wish I hadn't bought so far into all the various 'training methods'. Mostly I got frustration out of them. So most of all if I were starting again I'd make it a point to say the hell with the training and to just enjoy riding.

Good luck! You're ONE OF US NOW, LOL.
     
    12-15-2011, 06:25 AM
  #25
Showing
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Originally Posted by Ian McDonald    
So most of all if I were starting again I'd make it a point to say the hell with the training and to just enjoy riding.

Good luck! You're ONE OF US NOW, LOL.
I was with you until that last sentence. Lessons will give you the basis of proper horsemanship. It will come much faster if you have a solid basis instead of learning it the hard way or making mistakes then having to unlearn something to learn it again the right way.

Take lessons. You will enjoy it much better knowing you are working with your horse and not against him.
     
    12-15-2011, 07:02 AM
  #26
Yearling
I agree with iridehorses. Trail rides and such can certainly be a great way to learn, but it's important to have a good base first.

Oh, and:

When you end up riding, you'll be sore. It usually comes at least the day after and often times the day after the day after. Be prepared for that .

I am also curious to see if you have a preference between English and Western yet.
     
    12-15-2011, 09:35 AM
  #27
Foal
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Originally Posted by Cinder    
I agree with iridehorses. Trail rides and such can certainly be a great way to learn, but it's important to have a good base first.

Oh, and:

When you end up riding, you'll be sore. It usually comes at least the day after and often times the day after the day after. Be prepared for that .

I am also curious to see if you have a preference between English and Western yet.
I'm glad Ian and iridehorses brought the subject of trail rides up, because that relates to another question I was planning on asking. In addition to private lessons to focus on building fundamental skills, there's a local barn that allows you to pay a flat monthly fee and in exchange you can go for as many guided trail ride as you like, potentially that would give me an option for inexpensive saddle time. Would it be better to focus on strictly taking lessons, or would trail rides we a good way of getting time on a horse and practice what I'm learning a bit?

I go to the gym often, hopefully that will help prevent me from being too sore. If I am though, being sore is a small price to pay for time with a horse

For now everything I know about horses would fit in a few short sentences, and my only experience with the different riding styles is watching my cousin at rodeos and an acquaintance who does dressage compete once. I think English would be my preference, but I need to research and learn more before being able to saying anything with much certainty.

It will still be a couple months before I'm able to get started taking lessons unfortunately, I wish my first lesson was tomorrow, but I need get a couple things out of the way before adding riding to my schedule. I'll definitely keep the thread updated as to how things progress, I'm also going to respond to some of the earlier posts once I have time... last exam of the semester is tomorrow
     
    12-15-2011, 09:48 AM
  #28
Showing
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Originally Posted by Ian McDonald    
2. You can learn more about riding from a full day in a saddle going somewhere than in a month of lessons.
General balance, yes... but actual riding maneuvers you should get some form of training whether it's a youtube video or lessons.

But I agree with everything else :P Once in the horse world, you ain't never going back!
     
    12-15-2011, 12:07 PM
  #29
Showing
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Originally Posted by mind    
In addition to private lessons to focus on building fundamental skills, there's a local barn that allows you to pay a flat monthly fee and in exchange you can go for as many guided trail ride as you like, potentially that would give me an option for inexpensive saddle time. Would it be better to focus on strictly taking lessons, or would trail rides we a good way of getting time on a horse and practice what I'm learning a bit?
No reason not to do both. The only way to learn is a lot of time in the saddle. You can use what you learn in your lessons and apply it to your trail time. Good luck with whatever you decide!
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    12-15-2011, 12:46 PM
  #30
Weanling
Well, I just had to read through the whole thread and I want to welcome you to the forum!

Both me and my Fiance, who is just a few years older then you are both beginners. He wants to go more into driving then riding but here are a few things I have found and I know he has too that are good tips.

Like others have said if you aren't use to the saddle, wear something that could protect or hold up your area. My fiance finds briefs are the best way to go.

Stretch stretch stretch! I can't stress this enough! Riding will work muscles you may not have known you have and if you pull it, it hurts! I try to do stretches every day just for that reason. Touch your toes, stretch you legs, arms and even neck. (My friend went out riding with me and she doesn't stretch. I think she pulled every muscle she possibly could!)

Like many others have said, finding the right instructor is key. There may be many in your area or there could only be a few but finding one that meshes well with you will have it's benefits. You want to be comfortable and confident and I know first hand if you don't find the right person you could feel the complete opposite! Don't settle and keep looking for the right person.

Anyway, happy riding!
     

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