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post #11 of 68 Old 05-12-2010, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for the warm welcome and all the input. Now i cant wait to learn how to ride a horse...i havent except like at a fair as a wee little boy. I hope there is a place i can learn around here..i havent found any yet..
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post #12 of 68 Old 05-12-2010, 05:07 PM
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You're quite tall. You should look for a nice tall warmblood with good bone to ride. I ride every weekend with a trail operation, and they have a big Clydesdale/Thoroughbred cross, that carries heavy and tall riders easily.

You should see if there are any trail operations and lesson barns in your area. It's a great way to get started! Good luck on your path to horsemanship!
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post #13 of 68 Old 05-12-2010, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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I am definitely not a small guy. Im actually closer to 6'6" now. It had been awhile since i last was measured. I love clydesdales but i had no idea they could be ridden. That would be amazing! Truth be told im actually kinda intimidated at the thought of getting on a horse..which is saying quite alot because theres not much that scares me. They are just so big and powerful...maybe unpredictable? I dont really know...I just want to do something that i have always wanted to do and get passed the slight fear i have of horses.
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post #14 of 68 Old 05-12-2010, 09:12 PM
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It's good to have a healthy respect for them. They are large and powerful animals.

You should find a lesson barn in your area, tell them about yourself and let them know your fears and concerns. Most beginner horses are very docile, and that helps beginners build their confidence. A good instructor will teach you how to handle horses from the ground first, and then into the saddle if you are completely new.

Horses can be unpredictable, but with practice you will be on your way to building the skill set to effectively deal with precarious situations. I consider myself a beginner still. I just recently was "graduated" to the advanced horses at my barn.

If you are serious about getting into horses I recommend doing some research online or getting some books on horses, particularly on natural horsemanship. A lot of good information in there. I'm sure you will find this forum very informative as well.

I'm excited for you! Horses are so much fun. You have to tell us when you go for your first ride!
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post #15 of 68 Old 05-12-2010, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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I will do all of that thank you very much JenC!
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post #16 of 68 Old 05-12-2010, 09:34 PM
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Welcome, WBC! Just want to add that riding properly is an athletic endeavor; the true horseman keeps himself reasonably trim & fit.
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post #17 of 68 Old 05-12-2010, 09:49 PM
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Yes, just look for a stockier horse. If your weight bothers you/you feel self conscious when you ride, you can take some steps to lose it if you want.

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post #18 of 68 Old 05-12-2010, 09:51 PM
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Am I the only one that thinks his weight is reasonable for a man that is 6'4 to 6'6 in height?
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post #19 of 68 Old 05-12-2010, 10:40 PM
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Am I the only one that thinks his weight is reasonable for a man that is 6'4 to 6'6 in height?

Nope I think it's ok. That's a tall one !!

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post #20 of 68 Old 05-12-2010, 11:21 PM
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Totally agree, sounds fine to me. That is very tall.
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