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post #1 of 6 Old 12-12-2010, 03:31 AM Thread Starter
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I've got the horse bite again!

I havent literally been bitten haha. Not yet.

I had my first 'official' riding lesson in years on Saturday and to say I've got the horse love bite would be an understatement.

Im not the best rider anymore because its been years since I've had to think about what Im doing when I ride because its been simple pleasure riding.

But now I want to get serious with my riding.

Where I've started taking lessons is only small with limited horses and very very limited facilities but the instructor is great. I learnt alot in the 30mins I was there for what she called an 'assesment'.

I don't own a horse. obviously :P But I'd love to. At the moment funds don't really permit.

There is however a really great facilities with opportunities to lease horses and train with a certified trainer. Its more expensive however.

Anyone have any advice on how I can get back into horses? I've lost alot of confidence around them and confidence in my own ability and knowledge.

Any good books I can read?

Horses lend us the wings we lack;

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post #2 of 6 Old 12-12-2010, 07:19 AM
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Just want to say welcome back lol
If you just want to go to your libary and get out general horse books, do a lot of reading on here and ride as much as you can :)
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post #3 of 6 Old 12-12-2010, 07:35 AM Thread Starter
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Thats exactly where I'm headed first thing tomorrow morning, to clear out the local library's horse section.

Horses lend us the wings we lack;

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post #4 of 6 Old 12-12-2010, 07:43 AM
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Keep going with your lessons, ask if you can help out around the place with feeding/rugging etc. just to get back around them again. Your question is a bit like 'how long is a piece of string?'... there's no answer, just take whatever opportunities are presented to you and be proactive in your learning in all aspects of horsemanship.
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post #5 of 6 Old 12-12-2010, 11:06 PM
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I love to hear about that fresh excitement that comes with rediscovering horses. Ah, I remember it well . . . ..
You can't get confidence from a book and as you know, it comes as a by product of just doing the activity over and over and having predominantly successful experiences. So, in that vein, you want to have some challenges, but not so that you are overfaced from the get go. If you are an older rider coming back to horses you have to accept that you will be more cautious, probably more worried about falling, and less able to bounce back when you do fall (and assume that it WILL happen one of these days so that you won't be all shocked when it does). Cut yourself some slack and don't compare yourself to some memory of how you used to be.

Revel in each step you take as if you made that discovery all by youself and are the first to go there. Of course you are just followoing the steps of thousands, but since riding is learned by body experience, it's the FIRST for each and every one of us.
Good luck and let us know how it goes. You have been bitten and now you have become one of us! (think ,'invasion of the body snatchers or . . .)
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-12-2010, 11:46 PM
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Kayty and tiny gave great suggestions, just do whatever you can to get around them as much as possible.

Welcome back to the horsey world but be warned, the horse bug is terminal and you will suffer the effects until the day that you die .

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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