I have been having lessons for about 18 months, and I can walk, trot and canter. I have done very low jumps but I am not that good at it. I have one lesson a week.
I really want to get to know how to care for horses and not just how to ride though, as I would really like to have one when I'm older. I get to brush the horses and sometimes pick out their feet, but I learn nothing about food/health care/types of brushes.
Loaning a horse seems like the best thing to do, but I wouldn't be able to have my lessons as well as we wouldn't be able to afford it (we spend £80 a month on lessons at the moment).
Would leasing a horse be worth giving up lessons for? Can I still learn and improve my riding if I don't have lessons? And if I did loan a horse, would the owner be able to teach me things so that I know what I'm doing, or would I have to know everything already?