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        02-05-2011, 11:07 PM
    New to Horse World

    I'm new to the horse world. I have been volunteering at a horse rescue for a couple of months now. Its very hands on I do hay, grain, give medicine, and turn outs. Unfortunately, the rescue is about an hour and half away and I can only continue to volunteer about two times a month. I have been to two riding lessons, but I'm a college student so I don't have alot of money to keep going. I do plan on having a legitimate job in the summer that applies to my major, by then I should have some money.

    So I want to continue learning but I don't know what else I can do while still focusing on my studies.

    I was also wondering what kinds of things I still need to learn? I've done just about everything at the rescue so I'm not sure how much else I can learn there.

    Any advice would be appreciated.
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        02-05-2011, 11:15 PM
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    Since you have experience not doing feedings and cleaning and such, perhaps you could get some work at a nearby stable in exchange for a weelky lesson. They call it "working student", though usually the students havemore experience. But the DO need folks to do the grunt work.

    I admire your committment to this new passion. It just grows on you. A little like quicksand so if you aren't sure, get out now while you still can!
        02-06-2011, 05:28 AM
    Green Broke
    What is your eventual goal? Getting your own horse or competing or just handling horses? See if any local riding schools will let you do a bit of work in exchange for a lesson. You still need to learn how to handle a variety of horses as well as to tack, rug, ride etc.
        02-06-2011, 06:28 AM
    You are ALWAYS learning with horses. You will never stop ;)
        02-06-2011, 07:08 PM
    Thanks for your advice. I will be talking to a few stables near my house very soon. I think my goal is to have my own horse and do trail riding and things like that.

    I was wondering if there are any books I could read to get my horse fix during the week, I understand that reading a book isn't as good as the real thing but could supplementing with a book help?
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