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View Poll Results: How many of you "Dove in"?
I dove in and did really well. 28 28.57%
I dove in and I regret it. 2 2.04%
I didn't dive in, I chose to get lessons then buy. 41 41.84%
I didn't dive in, I was raised around horses. 27 27.55%
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post #1 of 35 Old 11-05-2010, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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I'd like to ask you all a question.

So honestly, this has been bugging me and itching at me for a while. How many of you were the person everyone warns not to buy a horse. And then you went out and bought a horse completely green while you were also inexperienced. How many of you just dove in and hoped you could swim despite the critiques of others? And how many of you who have done that now continue to say the same things as the rest? Why?
Was your experience with just "going for it" a good one? Did you get in over your head and ruin a good horse? Did you discover you were perfectly capable of learning and actually did well? I want your insight on all of this please.

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post #2 of 35 Old 11-05-2010, 11:27 PM
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I've been riding since I was about 4 (independantly) but I didn't get my first horse until I was 13. Up until that point I was taking lessons and then leasing or working horses for other people. I think it was a great way to go.
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post #3 of 35 Old 11-05-2010, 11:36 PM
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I was raised on horses too. My Dad was a trainer and we always had a meager herd of our own for me and my brother. When I was a baby, I used to ride in front of him while he warmed up his horses and I was 3 when I got my first mount (though it was only a 34" tall mini-burro). After that, Dad always made sure that I had good horses to ride and he generally just turned me loose to figure it out for myself. Sometimes he would mention little critiques but not often. Most of what I know, I learned from spitting the dirt out of my teeth after a fall LOL. I didn't start riding less than finished horses until I was about 12. I started training my own at 14. My first horse that I trained myself ended up pretty much a wreck. He is hot and touchy and doesn't like anyone but me. I can hardly stand to ride him because he always wants to go faster and his gaits are about like riding a jackhammer during an earthquake. However, if I hadn't screwed him up, I wouldn't be half the horseman I am today.

All that being said, there was always a very knowledgeable horseman right there if I had a problem or a question. I still don't advise anything less than a bombproof horse for a beginning rider. Really, I had been riding for almost 8 years before I moved up to a green horse and I still probably wasn't ready. Knowing what I do now, I would do a lot of things different.
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post #4 of 35 Old 11-05-2010, 11:52 PM
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Well...my answer is a bit different. I started riding when I was 13 at a small trail riding stable. I bought my first horse at 14. Never had a lesson. However, he was the most well trained horse I have ever ridden. So I dove in. But not really...lol
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post #5 of 35 Old 11-06-2010, 02:05 AM
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West is my first horse. i'd been riding for over 20 years before i decided to buy. i pay for him with my own money. from his shavings, to his board, showing, vet care, shoes, etc. No husband, no parents. it's vastly the most responsible thing i've ever done with my life!
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post #6 of 35 Old 11-06-2010, 02:09 AM
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I had taken lessons, and owned two horses before I got my 3 year old, but both were pretty well trained horses, and I was under the guidance of a trainer, but I went solo when I got my 3 year old. He was a handful, had been allowed to have horrible manners from the person who abandoned him, and had some conformation issues to boot, but was pretty sweet once the ground rules were laid out. I have no idea how he would have turned out if he had lived, but I got him going pretty nicely, very calm and quiet. I saddle trained the youngsters for a trainer for a couple of years after that, and gained a bit more knowledge, but it was mainly warmbloods and thoroughbreds. I got my 5 year old Arabian a year ago now, and because of lack of/bad handling her first 4 years, I got her as my big project, and again am going solo with her. She's also doing really well, but I have learned even more along the way, and have had to rethink how I'm working with her to get her to progress forwards. I definitely want to continue taking lessons, and learning as much as I can, and I think everyone has something they can teach me, but at the same time, I want to train my mare "my way", without all the confusion of everyone handling her a different way, or telling me that I'm doing it wrong and suggesting 10 different ways to do it "right". When I got my TB mare, everyone in Pony Club decided to tell me that I was crazy, and that she was going to be too much for me, being a TB, but she actually was one of the calmest and easiest horses to ride and work with in Pony Club. I've been riding since I was 9ish, and I'm 26 now. The first several years were basically my friend throwing me up on her barrel racers, telling me how to turn and stop, and then telling me to hang on and not fall off lol. Definitely spent a lot of time picking myself up off the ground, and jumping back on to figure out what I did wrong.
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post #7 of 35 Old 11-06-2010, 04:43 AM
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I took lessons growing up and we owned our own horses when I got a bit older and I lived with my parents.

Getting back into them recently I tried really hard to ease back into it but ended up finding my guy who desperately needed me and took on my own horse again much sooner than anticipated. He's my first horse I've ever owned 100% on my own without any financial assistance from family.

Sometimes these things are just meant to be :)

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post #8 of 35 Old 11-06-2010, 06:03 AM
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I had friends all around me when I was growing up, who had ponies. They asked if I wanted to go riding and I borrowed one of their ponies and away we went. Fell off abizillion times but kept on going!
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post #9 of 35 Old 11-06-2010, 10:21 PM
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I'm kind of in the middle of that now. I took lessons for quite a while, but had a long break with no horses, then got my greenie sort of handed to me when I wasn't looking for a horse. It is working out pretty well for us, but I have to say, it has been a learning experience.
Couple rules I live by:
If it isn't working-It's probably me (asking wrong)
Go much slower than you want to.
Work with a real person who knows what they are doing in person- not just reading/dvds.

Basically, trainer comes over and shows me how to teach our "homework" for the week(s), I may do a lesson on her guys to learn the "feel" of what I'm teaching, then Bonnie and I work together on it until we get good, or we get stuck, then we have her out again to either troubleshoot, or to start a new thing. Working this way since August we have learned (in this order)
ground manners, lunging, carry a saddle, walk with rider, trot with rider. We are just about ready to balance up a nice canter undersaddle now, although this weeks lesson was about lunging again, and how to leave her alone unless I want a change- I was following her about the center of our circle and not trusting her to circle around me.
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post #10 of 35 Old 11-06-2010, 10:38 PM
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I dove in, I didn't regret it but I don't suggest it. I made alot of mistakes, on any other horse but my own I would have surely been bucked off and stomped. numerous times. I love my horse and she is going well now but still needs work and I am afraid I may have reached my limit and now need to look for guidance. But she went from being hot, never stopping, always jigging to being able to be ridden bridleless - I think I've done well so far! I also think I learned alot faster on her than I believe I would have on another horse. Like I said, I CERTAINLY don't regret it (that horse is my life) but I don't suggest it...unless the person has a trainer then it is a different story.

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