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    04-10-2012, 02:46 PM
I have just got my first loan horse :) im 21 and have been having riding lessons every saturday since I was 8. I went to college and studied horse care for 2 years and that taught me everything I know now. I have arizona on 'free loan' so I don't pay her owner anything I just pay for the upkeep of arizona which works great for me. I waited to get my first loan horse for 2 reasons, 1:i wanted to make sure I had enough money to pay livery, feed, insurance etc and 2: I wanted to be confident in myself to get one, yes I have been riding for 13 years and when I was at college I rode nearly everyday as I still took lessons but I am a very nervous rider and every single horse I get on knows that. Some will take care of me but others really play up to the fact that im nervous. Arizona takes care of me very well and when I get on her I am not nervous at all now. When I first got on her I was pretty scared, now I can't wait to get on her!! It has taken me 3 years to find arizona, lots of trials and errors with other horses that I tried. I had to stop looking for 6 months last year as a horse I went to see and try reared and then bucked me off and I fractured my coxic bone. I didnt want to stop riding but it was so painful to do so I had to.

I guess what im trying to say is don't rush things, your 14 and young :) maybe look into doing horse care or horse husbandry at college or talking to friends or family that have horses who could give you the odd free lesson?? If your near me you could always come and have a lesson on arizona :)
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    04-10-2012, 04:32 PM
Green Broke
Vergo, I hadnt noticed you were in the UK.
Search for part loans or why not look for someone who is just looking for a bit of help. There are plenty of people who are desperate for help.

Pony club, you pay your membership and then fees for each lesson but generaly the lessons are much cheaper than normal.
    04-10-2012, 07:37 PM
Sorry, I wasnt clear. The 24 a year is what you pay to PCUK to be a member of pony club, you then pay your RS for the PC sessions which usually include a group lesson and a classroom/yard based session.

You can be a member of pony club until age 26 and, if not the acheivement badges, the tests go to quite a high standard. The A test is equivalent to BHS stage 4 (which, if my research is correct, is actually higher than one of the instructors qualifications!) So it's not all geared around little kids.
My old RS ran a pony club session right before my weekly lesson, and while there were younger kids there, there were also teenagers and all looked like they were enjoying it.

You'll probably have to phone them up to find out the price, but as Faye said, it's often cheaper than your normal riding lesson. Plus, at my old RS, pony club members, got a discount on any extra lessons too!

Please talk to your instructor before you go for a part loan or share - if he or she doesn't know of one available, they will at least be able to advise you on what to look for and what to avoid.
While you're talking to your instructor, ask if there's any possibility of helping at the stables on a Saturday or Sunday - its something of an equestrian tradition; teenage girls helping at the stables at the weekend! (Its how horseless kids learned before pony club centres came along)

Good luck!
    04-11-2012, 01:44 PM
I don't think I'll b able to study horse care at collage. I know I am not likely to be able to get a job working with horses, so I'll probably study sometime I can get a job in. None of my family have horses, one of my friends does but I don't want to seem rude asking for a lesson on her horse. She does everything to perfection (her dad is a really good rider), and I wouldn't want to ruin her horse by the way I have been taught on school horses, and I wouldn't want to put her in the awkward situation to say that to me.

I'll keep looking for free loans anyway, I might be lucky to have a perfect one pop up.

I told my mum about the pony club, and the only thing she is a bit concerned about is the cost of getting the awards. Does it cost money to get the achievements? It would also mean that we have to change stables, and I would feel a bit bad about doing that. We've already threatened to leave them once, and they suddenly started saying how I had progressed so far with them and they really did not want to see me go.

Missarizona - I'm in Newark (notts), so not too far away
    04-11-2012, 02:15 PM
Green Broke
It has been 15 years since I did PC but in those days you didnt have to pay to do exams.

Vergo - who told you that you can't get jobs in the industry? There are plenty going. I supliment my income by plaiting horses, schooling horses, doing holiday cover for horses and by teaching. It is a brilliant way to pay your way through uni!

Perhaps put an advert up on a local message board looking for someone who wants help in return for riding opportunities.

BTW I'm not a million miles from you as I'm in Hull
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    04-11-2012, 06:04 PM
Well your more than welcome to come ride Arizona maybe not until I have had her for abit longer :) there are plenty of jobs in the horse industry like faye said, there are always groom jobs at riding stables going and even stable hands for people that have eventing yards, I used to work for a bloke who had an eventing yard, the horses he was riding that day were always brought in, fed, groomed and tacked up for when he was there.

Faye I was going to go to bishop burton college but went somewhere closer to home :)
    04-12-2012, 07:59 AM
Don't jobs with animals not pay well? I would really like to be able to afford to own a horse, and I thought that it wouldn't be possible to have a job with them and be able to afford one of my own.

I don't think I'll be able to join the pony club, my mum wants me to stay at the stables I am at, and she said that the cost in petrol for travelling further to the pony club stables would be expensive. My mum said that I just need to ask at my lesson how I am going to be progressing, but I'm not sure how to ask.
    04-12-2012, 08:33 AM
Green Broke
They are not the worlds best paying jobs but it is perfectly possible to have your own horse as well as work with them
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    04-12-2012, 01:31 PM
Sometimes you will get a discount on livery fees with working there and whats better than getting paid to be with your horse the whole day (obviously you have to work aswell lol)
    04-12-2012, 02:55 PM
I'll look into some horsey jobs when I'm older then, but they'll probably want people to be at least 16, won't they?

For now, do you know any good websites for me to look for horses to loan?

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