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.
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