Sooo I'm not like a lot of the people on here - I've noticed a lot of people writing that they ride but do not take care of horses... Well most of the experience I have with horses is on the ground, and I am finally taking riding lessons. It's not that I didn't WANT to learn to ride, I sat bareback on horses all the time, it was that the horse was always lame, etc. etc. so I never really road, just did all the dirty work!
I feel SO wierd going to riding lessons, married with a three year old and 21. My instructor is my age and most of the other people taking lessons are younger high school girls, and I just feel so out of place, I guess! It's hard because I went into this knowing what I thought was a lot about horses but once you get into the saddle it's a completely different ballgame!!
I'm taking lessons because I don't have a horse yet - we are buying a house in Florida soon & we're going to set it up for a horse. What I'm wondering is how long do you think I should take lessons before I sort of, well, go off on my own? $25 an hour isn't anything right now, but when you add in a mortgage, car payment, truck payment, a three year old, vet bills, farrier bills, hay, and everything else life and having a horse entails... Ahhh!