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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 #11 of 35 Old 11-07-2010, 12:12 AM
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I didn't get to ride as a kid. Only a few lessons here and there. For most of my adult life, I took lessons or leased a few times but it never satisfied the itch. After years of listening to all the reasons I shouldn't get my own horse, the expense, danger or getting hurt, all TB's are nuts, blah blah blah, I decided they were all WRONG! I found the sweetest OTTB ever and it's been 3 years of bliss to date. Not a day goes by that I don't recognize how lucky I am that he's mine. He gets a big hug everyday I see him. I wouldn't trade my horse owning experience for anything.

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post #12 of 35 Old 11-07-2010, 03:34 AM Thread Starter
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Amazing! Thank you everyone for responding, it's nice to hear that there are exceptions to the "rule". I'm really glad to be able to read your stories and get a better understanding.

In case anyone is curious, I asked this not really because I plan on going out and buying a horse with no experience, but because my experiences are limited and for the most part where I am from there is not a place to get "lessons" from, getting a lease is not an option. I have ridden a few(many) times, helped a good friend of mine train her own wild colt, and read / watched everything horse related I could get my hands on. Because of my limited experience I tend to get nervous when I have to mess with a horse I am not comfortable with. (I.e another friend of mine's 17,000$ Hunter.) And generally make myself look like an idiot even though I know what I should do! (Mostly I'm afraid the OWNER is going to get mad at me for not riding "right" as I am self taught....also being in an english saddle for the first time in my life while on a 17.2 hand green horse was a bit unnerving.)

I have been considering purchasing a horse within the next few months or maybe within year or so from now. The cost will not be a problem, I already have that taken care of. Yet everyone I have spoken to tells me that I don't need a horse until I have taken proper lessons for at least a year. These people have never seen me ride, all they know is I have never owned my own horse and never taken a lesson. It has really been messing with my head and making me feel down lately. So thank you tons for sharing your experiences with me. It really helped.
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post #13 of 35 Old 11-07-2010, 03:41 AM
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There are millions of people out there that are good riders that have never had a lesson in their entire life. To get to the higher levels in competitions, you would likely have to have lessons but just for everyday and even some low level stuff, you can probably learn that on your own.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
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post #14 of 35 Old 11-07-2010, 01:01 PM
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My dad put me up on a horse when I was 2. I rode a lot as a kid and a teenager. Then life got in the way and I went 30 years without riding. I finally decided I wanted a horse and yes I'm one of those who went about it the wrong way. The horse I bought was way too green for me. We did okay until I managed to get myself dumped off. Thankfully I wasn't hurt badly (I don't bounce like I used to) but it was a real shock to my confidence.

Once I was able to ride again (about 4 weeks later), I found I was afraid to get on my Paint's back. The lady who boarded him for me, suggested I start on her 16 year old well broke QH mare, so I did. Any time the horse tested me, and they know when you test you, I bailed. I was ashamed of myself for being so afraid.

So the woman who owned the horse got on her and really tested her to see what the mare would do when someone didn't bail from her. The worst the mare would do was a half-rear, then give up. Well I was bailing at the half-rear. The next time I rode her, she decided she didn't want to go down the road and balked, then half-reared. Though my mind was screaming for me to bail, I knew if I did then I might as well give up ever riding horses again. I waited out the half-rear and drove the mare forward and sure enough, she gave up and kept going.

A small part of confidence was lit within me that day and I managed to for the most part overcome a lot of my fear by riding that mare. Unfortunately, the woman and mare moved and I was faced with riding my own horse again. Come to find out, I was never able to get over getting dumped by him and I finally sold him to someone more experienced with green horses and bought a 14 year old, see it, done it QH mare.

Though I was sad to see my Paint go, he's happy, I'm happy and letting him go was the best thing for me and him.

"When you're young and you fall off a horse, you may break something. When you're my age, you splatter." -- Roy Rogers
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post #15 of 35 Old 11-07-2010, 01:11 PM
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I took lessons for 7 years, my trainer told me it was time to start looking into it, although I spent every moment on equine.com, my trainer found the horse I ended up buying. He's a great fit for me.

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post #16 of 35 Old 11-07-2010, 03:06 PM
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I "dove in" and I do not regret it. I had been riding for about 3 years, but very rarely, only last one year it was regularly once-twice a week. I didn't buy a green horse, but I decided to ride one (as the only person to ride it).
I quit lessons when I was taught cantering in workin seat. I had never jumped with a horse before. But I do NOT regret me starting riding my precious little LÝza. No way. The beginnings were hard, when she almost anytime did anything she wanted with me. It was very hard to make her do what I wanted her to do... But as time went on, now I have a perfect trail horse, who I can rely on in every situation. I trust her and our trails are no more fighting of if we're gonna run every field or try to go at some normal pace. We can go to a field without pulling her mouth off her head and JUST trot there, we can canter in normal speed... And I can stop her even when a few horses are in front of us. I am proud of myself. Because when I told someone I wanted to ride this mare and to rebring her up, they told me hat she is either gonna be worse and worse because i'm a beginner or she is gonna kill me somewhere.... And look now.

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post #17 of 35 Old 11-08-2010, 07:50 PM
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I live in suburbia. Very difficult to own a horse around here. I could only choose one path that was reasonable...

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The fool thinks he knows everything."

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post #18 of 35 Old 11-08-2010, 08:45 PM
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I was raised around horses, but none of the horses we owned when I was past the age of 12 were "kid safe" horses. By no means were they green, but they were pushy, excitable, spooky, or just plain mean. If I wanted to ride I had to ride them. Deal with it. I never had any instruction besides basic "don't do that or you'll get hurt" "get outta that horses mouth or you'll be on the ground" I learned sooo much from those horses. How to hang or when a break neck uncontrollable gallop turns into a sliding stop. How to read a horses body language when they're telling you that your doing something wrong. How to ride out the bucks. How to get the mean kicking barn sour mare saddled and away from the others. My butt was in the dirt countless times. But there is o better lesson than that. You won't be doing it again.

I wouldn't be 1/4th the rider I am today. At 19 I just started taking jumping lessons 2 months ago. I was jumping by my 5th lesson. and will be showing next show season. :)

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post #19 of 35 Old 11-08-2010, 09:04 PM
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I'll be the oddball. I dove in, and I regret it.

Mom and Dad bought me my first horse when I was thirteen; the "I know everything" age. Let's just say the horse should have bucked me off long before he did.
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post #20 of 35 Old 11-08-2010, 10:25 PM
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I would go out to the rental stable here and there, then I took lessons, then did half-leases, free-lease, and then did a lease to buy with my gelding. I didn't grow up around horses but have loved them as far back as I can remember and I didn't take lessons til I was 18 when I started riding English. I did what I could to be around horses even if I couldn't afford to own one and have come close 3 times before my gelding walked into my life! I haven't regretted anything since I've bought him. Now granted, I'm not ready to go out buy land with a house and bring him home, there's a lot I got to learn when it comes to that!

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