I am still a relatively new horse owner. I have owned my horse for about nine months now. I am going to be honest it has been a bumpy ride. I believe that I got overexcited about owning a horse so bad and ended up buying a horse first instead of taking lessons. I thought that if I bought a horse then I could take lessons and practice with him. I have had very little luck finding anyone that can teach me how to ride properly and teach me balance, etc. There are no riding stables in my area except about an hour or so away from me. I have no family or friends that are involved with horses. I have been learning the hard way with first time owning a horse. I have relied on the internet to help a little, but I have learned more than I have than day one of ownership. I am starting to loose confidence in myself since I have no one to help and need someone that is consistent and would mentor me on riding. I am all alone. I am thinking about giving up riding since it has been such a horrible experience. My horse is not really bad, he's a little jumpy sometimes, but only because I think I am inexperienced and can't really communicate with him very well. I love my gelding to death and have bonded with him mentally I guess, and hate to sell him. I don't want to get rid of him, but at the same time don't want him to get fat, lazy and bored. Please help. I need some advice on what to do. I really don't want to quit riding, but I have school and work that I have to focus on as well. I have the time to ride, but have lost confidence in myself. Please help.