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post #141 of 296 Old 06-12-2013, 07:30 PM
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However, if you do any serous riding that involves traveling a lot of miles you'll probably want to spend some time giving your horse a break by dismounting, loosening the cinch and walking them on a lead for a few miles during the day (or maybe not, depending on how hard you want to work your horse). If you do you'll be much happier with the comfortable walking foot gear that works equally well for riding vs riding boots..
Second that. Probably doesn't apply if you're just taking lessons, but I find it also helps to give ME a break (and some exercise) by getting off and walking/trotting with the horse for a half mile or so.

Also, if/when you get your own horse (or a leased one), I think walking with them helps build trust & awareness of each other. I had to hand-walk my horse for about a year, as injury rehab, before I rode her more than a couple of times. (And, barring a couple of tourist-type trail rides, she's the only horse I've ridden.)

I like the Ariat Terrain boots, too. They're as comfortable as any hiking boots I've ever owned. The soles are maybe a little smooth for slick rock, but otherwise I'd have no problems hiking in them all day.
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Are polo ponies treated well? Usually?
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Well people it has been 3 long days and no response. Is it possible that they don't want to train a guy?
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Well people it has been 3 long days and no response. Is it possible that they don't want to train a guy?
Actually it took me a week to get ahold of ANYBODY. Turns out the lessons lady was on vacation to Florida and it was something like two or three weeks before I finally was out to get a lesson.

The barn I called to get my pony in training with didn't call back for about ten days.


Things like this (and other stuff) makes me wonder if people just don't like money. It wouldn't be too horribly difficult to shoot somebody an email or call back and leave a voicemail, would it?

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Are polo ponies treated well? Usually?
Polo ponies are most often treated very well. If you go to the site U S Polo dot org, you can search and possibly find a club near you that offers beginner lessons. Once you have made contact you will most likely hear of other opportunities in your area.
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Give them a call.

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Give them a call.
Call...or try another place.
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Polo ponies are most often treated very well. If you go to the site U S Polo dot org, you can search and possibly find a club near you that offers beginner lessons. Once you have made contact you will most likely hear of other opportunities in your area.
Funny. When I'm typing the reply, and quoted to this box the letter "u" is correct. It gets changed to "you" when it gets posted.

Anyway, search for the United State Polo Association and you should get a link to their site.

Have fun regardless of what type or types of horseback riding you try.
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Call again or try another place. If you really want do it, persistance pays off.
I agree on not investing a lot to get started, but I would get some decent footwear if you don't own work shoes already.
I've been known to ride in flip flops, sneakers, and just about anything, but I love my cowboy boots. I never had a problem walking in them either. I go through about a pair a year, but I wear them everyday. Combat boots are are awesome to ride in too.
You want a shoe that has a small heel and enough tread that it won't slide in the stirrup, but you don't want the kind of tread that will get stuck in a stirrup (think cleats). Main reason I wear boots is for the ankle support though not the heel. Some high top hiking boots or sneakers would probably be fine.

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At low/mid level shows, what percent is male, what percent female at any given show?
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