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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 #31 of 35 Old 11-11-2010, 07:52 AM
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I kind of dove in. I got my first horse (Norman) when I was 13 (had been taking lessons on and off for several years) and he was an uneducated 18 month old. Bad idea, I know. But my mom fell in love when she saw him on the internet and I just wanted a horse so bad that I would take the first one that came up. So we got him. It was not good, at least for the first couple years. We actually sold him once, then my mother had the bright idea to buy him back (by this time I had gotten a more suitable horse and was knowledgable enough to know it was a bad idea. She didn't listen, of course). Long story short, we sent him to a trainer and things are better now.

It wasn't that I wasn't ready for a horse. I wasn't ready for that horse. I think I would have been fine with a good 'ole trail horse. Plus I had a lot of great people at the stable who helped me out.

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post #32 of 35 Old 11-17-2010, 02:30 AM
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Dove in

I first got into horses when i was little watching shows like THE SADDLE CLUB and MY LITTLE PONY!!!! i got my first horse (2 shetland ponys after years of begging my parents) at the age of 8 and didn't get any lessons but my dad had ridden a little when he had grown up so he taught me.........Now going really well and i own a thoroughbred mare who is perfect for me.

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post #33 of 35 Old 11-18-2010, 03:11 PM
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I grew up with horses. I learned to ride Western as a kid from my parents and honed in on the skill through the internet and books. When I wanted to start English last year, I dove in to English and bought an English horse. I've only ever taken a few lessons but will be getting into lessons with my eventer. I don't regret any of it.
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post #34 of 35 Old 11-18-2010, 05:53 PM
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I have had a horse since i was 5, but i never relly rode her. too young- big horse. So when i was a 11 I got a new horse- you could say i was inexperienced, cant say that now, Ive had her for about 4-6 months, with the help of my dad mainly (rancher) and a few people with advice around the barn. But nothing has helped me more then just riding her bareback. we learned the way each of us move, ive never had horse lessons, we are up for a are first barrel race this weekend. (we are not looking to win, just fun) My dads mainly supported me, taking (transporting Dixie also) us places, camping with her, to our farm with friends, barrel racing last minute.he lets me try different things dangerous or not. I know every little quirk about her and she knows every quirk about me.
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post #35 of 35 Old 11-18-2010, 09:18 PM
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I don't think I really "dove in" - but I'm certainly not as well versed as I could have been.* - I took lessons in english and western when I was.. about 12 or so. then nothing for Many years except for the occasional 'nose-to-tail' guided trail rides. Then I worked with horses a bit... driving, but not much riding. Then I worked with a trainer a few times a month for about a year (mostly ground work) until I got my [more or less] Green-broke horse at 25 years old

*I am mostly a hold-on-and-go kind of rider. but luckily my horse is %&#@ing awesome, so all in all it worked out good for me.
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