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    05-18-2012, 12:14 AM
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Foal
Help!! Need Advice

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.
     
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    05-18-2012, 12:17 AM
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Weanling
Are you boarding your horse?
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    05-18-2012, 12:20 AM
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Foal
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Are you boarding your horse?
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No, I have him at my house.
     
    05-18-2012, 12:23 AM
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Weanling
Well, how much time do you have to ride?
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    05-18-2012, 12:25 AM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by katbalu    
Are you boarding your horse?
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Originally Posted by katbalu    
Well, how much time do you have to ride?
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I usually have about two to three hours during the week and mostly all weekend, but I have not ridden in a while because I have no one to ride with or spend time with. It really stinks when you all alone and having to try and figure it out the hard way.
     
    05-18-2012, 12:28 AM
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Weanling
Yep. I know. Is it worth it to you to board your horse an hour away for a month or two and take lessons on your horse?
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    05-18-2012, 12:37 AM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by katbalu    
Yep. I know. Is it worth it to you to board your horse an hour away for a month or two and take lessons on your horse?
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I don't know. With gas as high as it is I don't think I could afford it. I hate to say that, but I don't even have a trailer. I'm just in a deep rut. Do I need to just say the heck with it? I thought I was going to get help from one or two horse people, but turned out one thought I was wasting their valuable time and cussed me out for no reason and the other doesn't know and understand my situation and therefore feels like they cannot help me anymore. I know I may be overanalysing this but I just feel like I need a close one on one relationship with someone that is close to town. I don't know what to do. :(
     
    05-18-2012, 12:46 AM
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Showing
There has to be some trainers that are willing to go to your barn to help you out.


Where are you located? If you don't mind me asking
     
    05-18-2012, 12:46 AM
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Weanling
Hmmm. Maybe take the trek out to the stable an hour away and take a few lessons on their school horses? That will give you a little experience and then you can work with your horse a little more comfortably. It would be ideal to learn on your horse, but this sounds like the next best thing. :)
     
    05-18-2012, 12:52 AM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
There has to be some trainers that are willing to go to your barn to help you out.


Where are you located? If you don't mind me asking
I live in East Texas. Texarkana, TX. There is just not a lot of horse trainers/ horse people around here unless im flipping over the wrong rock that theyre hiding under. Ha! There are no boarding stables here at all. Checked everywhere. The only ones are about an hour and some change way and I just don't have the time or money and a trailer to go that far.
     

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