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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 #21 of 35 Old 11-09-2010, 04:29 AM
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I started out with riding lessons when I was 11. When I was 13 I got my first horse, an Exmoor Pony. I had her for 20 years.
Then I was without horses for a long long time.
In 2003 I took some riding lessons. After 5 months I stopped again. Riding school was too far away and I could not get used to riding someone elses horse, eventhough it was a lesson horse.

Almost 4 years ago I got that feeling of wanting a horse of my own again. We have no farm or land so that was a bit difficult.
I called around and found a place to board 2 minutes away from our town so...I started to look for a horse. I saw an add for a green broke pony good for 4H. So we went to have a look. I fell in love with her. But when I tried her out, I found out I was not that brave anymore as when I was a teenager. I used to ride bareback, loved a fast horse, jumped and did dressage. Not anymore. I asked the seller to lead her while I was in the saddle! LOL
Maybe silly , but I wanted this lovely and very calm pony.So I dove in.

She is not big, just 12.3 hh. But for me it was the right size, as I'm not that tall and big.
I had to learn a lot as I never had a green broke horse before. But I had friends who helped me and I read a lot and we did really good. She is my best riding horse and we bond very strong.I took very little steps an it took me 2 years before I would go into a canter with her. People change when they get older, more aware of danger I guess. So I was very carefull as I didn't want to fall off!
After Flicka I bought another horse but that one had problems to take the bit and after a few months she got a foal so I left her in the pasture. Then I bought another horse, that was well broke and calm etc as they said. A big no! She was not easy to ride and did not seem happy to be ridden. Then I bought a Norwegian Fjord, not broke and not handled and the same day a friend gave me a 2 year old horse.
So I ended up with 6 horses.
I had to sell as I could not keep up with the work and I kept Flicka and the Fjord, Freya. I'm training Freya with clicker training and she is a sweetheart that really wants to please me, just like Flicka.
I learned a lot since I got Flicka, eventhough I dove in with her.
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post #22 of 35 Old 11-09-2010, 05:43 PM
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I dove in in worst possible way. Adult, about a year of trail riding experience, couple months of lessons 10 years ago, and 2 unhandled yearlings out of pity. Which only means I'm dumb (at times). While I don't regret it I don't advice anyone to take the same route.

P.S. I'm not positive what you mean by "did really well" so I didn't vote.
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post #23 of 35 Old 11-09-2010, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val View Post

P.S. I'm not positive what you mean by "did really well" so I didn't vote.

I was thinking along the lines of "No one died and the horse wasn't ruined." By ruined I'm thinking half dead and or completely untouchable by anyone.

It's mostly to ask everyone if they regret diving in, or if they feel they turned out OK from the experience.
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post #24 of 35 Old 11-09-2010, 07:11 PM
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In that case, "I" turned out okay. The horse had a chance and I consider myself a decent horsewoman. I learned from the experience and I don't regret that aspect, but the situation as a whole wasn't well.
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post #25 of 35 Old 11-09-2010, 07:26 PM
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Great question, sometimes I doubt my sanity, but more often I find myself experiencing a level of living that I am very glad I didnt miss.
After buying my child a pony, I decided I needed my own horse, and now at 52 years of age, I own and am riding for the first time. I bought Tiger, a 12 year old foundation bred quarter horse gelding, and one week later, won a blue ribbon at our county fair, in the flag race!
Then I purchased the wife a horse, and we are working with a 7 year old Blue Roan Mare with good ground manners, but still much to learn towards finishing. In Six months, we have purchased three horses, two trailors, built two stalls, fenced two acres, and have gone on about 3 trail rides as a family.
I read in this forum about a woman who's horse was helping her deal with arthritus, and I can say that, my horses keep getting me up out of my chair, out into the yard, and into the fresh air. I have no regrets, thus far!
I have delt with two trainers, read numerous books about theory, and I pay close attention to Clinton Anderson's Method. Our horses all seem sound, healthy, and happy. Two are easy keepers, and one eats like a horse and hardly gains a pound. I have shoes on only my horse, and we have yet to need the vet.
This week I cleaned my pals sheeth for the first time, and even discoverd "the bean", so I would say my experience progresses, as does my enthusiasm. Its great to have these new additions to our life and small farm to care for and concern ourselves with. I am very fortunate to have the time required and the life energy to look after not only the horses, but my two girls, wife and daughter as well! And they LOVE their horses!
I don't advise jumping into horses as I have to anyone, and I also have the feeling that some people have so many horses, because that is what it took for them to find one they could enjoy. Out of my three purchases, I think the last was the most misleading. She is herd bound, has a tendancy to throw her head up and resist the bit, flexes poorly on one side, and is barn sour. But, she will follow my horse on the trail, and is kind and respectful of both my wife and daughter. And as told, she has excellant "Ground Manners" which does not mean, she is anything more than green broke! Each week she becomes more relaxed and enjoyable to have, Friday eve, we took her to a local gaming event, and the wife walked her thru the patterns, she behaved well, and the wife said this morning, that she wouldnt want to trade her for any of the other horses that showed up for the gaming.
I have met people, that fear, and even do not like horses, and I can say, that in our family we all share in our fondness for these wonderful creatures! Which makes having them a blessing rather than a nuisance!

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post #26 of 35 Old 11-09-2010, 10:20 PM
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I grew up around horses. Standardbreds to be exact...so not riding horses. My Grandparents have always had them, even when my Mom was growing up. Although they no longer breed them, they still train and race them (Grandpa is in his 70's). I guess when us grandkids starting rolling in, Grandpa though it would be good for us to have a horse to ride. He went and bought a pony, Plum, and she was the first in a string of horses they would purchase over the years for the grandkids(really meaning me as I am the only one who rode on a regular basis). As for lessons, I had a few as a child after years of teaching myself, then some in high school again. After about 3-4 years of not having anything to do with horses besides the Standardbreds, I went out and found a lesson barn. That was 2 years ago, and I am still there, although down to 2 lessons a month (I want to go back to school and will have to pay for it myself). Even with years of experience around horses, right now wouldnt be the greatest time for a purchase like that, and I do not feel ready for it. It is a goal though to own one! Eventually....

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post #27 of 35 Old 11-10-2010, 02:10 AM
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I was 2.5 years old when Pumpkin came with our new house. I started having lead around pony rides on him when i was young and properly strated riding him whe nI was 12-13 years old. I only started lesson last February. I learnt the basics on him pretty much. I am not regreting it, i think he has taught me alot

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post #28 of 35 Old 11-10-2010, 08:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Coyote View Post
I was thinking along the lines of "No one died and the horse wasn't ruined." By ruined I'm thinking half dead and or completely untouchable by anyone.

It's mostly to ask everyone if they regret diving in, or if they feel they turned out OK from the experience.
Well, they both would end up as can meat most probably. I truly think years of being loved and pampered with me is a better alternative to the meat plant (whether they can be considered to be ruined or not). I started dressage with both of them this year, and while my paint has some mental quirks (she was abused and looks like it's gonna stay with her till the end) they are fine with people (although don't like dogs much).
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post #29 of 35 Old 11-10-2010, 08:56 AM
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I dove in and luckily did great. Now that I'm not so green I know taking it slowly is the much better route, get lessons and have the guidance from someone who knows what their doing.
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post #30 of 35 Old 11-10-2010, 11:37 AM
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I didn't dive in. I took lessons for about 2 years (admittedly from a somewhat poor trainer who happened to have access to some good lesson horses that saved her butt). The first horse I bought was probably slightly above my ability level at the time, but she taught me a TON about riding and I don't regret buying her. She was a 19 year old Arab mare, very well versed in WP (which is what I rode at the time), but she was pretty fiesty and I was a fairly petite 8 years-old when I got her. Regardless, she was a wonderful first horse for me, maybe wouldn't have been for another person, and she was also good for me in the very basics of english riding when I switched disciplines.

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