Frist do some research and find out exactly what kind of riding you want to do. English? Jumping? Dressage? Western? Barrel racing? Working cows? Trail riding? Next, look into lessons at a barn that teaches what you want to learn. After you feel comfortable and your trainer gives you the ok try leasing a horse or lesson horse so you can get in some solid practice time. There is a barn by me that you pay monthly for lesson and lease days as a package deal.
When your ready to own a horse you should know a great deal on horse health and safety!!! I can't stess this enough, a lot of people think just because they can ride and tack means they are good candidates for ownership. Especially if your going to keep them at home you must know signs of colic, laminitis, safe fencing, horse nutrition, how to worm, what warrents a vet call and countless other things. You also must have STRONG handling skills. It takes a spit second to teach a bad habit that can take a month, year or lifetime to fix! A misbehaved 1,200 pound animal isn't safe for anyone!
When it comes to buying don't fall for the first one you ride! Have a knowledgeable horse person, usually your trainer, come with you and test them out. You don't need a project, you need something already "made".
All and all your in for a LONG road. There is going to be discouraging moments along the way but stick with it!! The past two years I have been working with a lady a bit older then you who has MS. She started with me from SCRATCH. This month she bought a house to move her two Tennessee walking horses to (they have a special gate, a trot is to bouncy and she doesn't have the strength to post continuously). I ride with her all the time and I'm 10 minutes away heaven forbid she should need me. I'm glad to help her fulfil her dreams!
Now, go live yours! =D
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