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post #11 of 36 Old 10-07-2010, 06:50 PM
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I just got my very first horse last week! I am definitely new to owning. I have been taking lessons and trail riding for a little over a year now, but I still consider myself pretty new.

Lessons are GREAT for improving confidence with horses. Let me tell you my story:

I am a life long lover of horses. I rode as a kid, but very inconsistently. A little over a year ago I found a place nearby that does trail rides, but not just the nose-to-tail rides, they will let you ride at whatever pace you are comfortable. So my first ride, I was on a dead-broke paint with the easiest smoothest trot and lope. At this time I am thinking, I am doing great, but really it's the horse that was doing great ;)

Anyway, the next time I went riding, they were asking about my experience level and with my ego inflated from my last "great" ride, I perhaps overstated my riding capabilities. So the owner tells me, "OK I have a great horse for you. He is a buckskin paint and he is a ton of fun to ride!" I was so excited, and once I saw him, even more excited because he was the most beautiful thing I have ever laid eyes on.

Well, once I hit the trail it took all of 5 minutes to realize that he was WAAYYY to much horse for me. As soon as the crew started trotting he tried to pull his way to the front, and I struggled to control him. Stupid me, didn't say anything, so once we worked up to a lope, he took off on me, galloping to the front. I nearly was spilled out of the saddle, horn holding for dear life. One of the guides separated with me from the rest of the group, and helped me control my horse until we returned to the barn.

That really shook my confidence, I felt really stupid. However, I didn't want to quit riding, so I went back the very next day, where I was quickly down-graded to the slowest horse in the lot :/ I knew if I wanted to become a better rider, I was going to need instruction, instead of just trial and error on the trail. So I enrolled in western lessons, and my riding has improved so much. I still ride at the trail place, and now I can ride any of their horses. I know I still have a long road ahead of me. I think when it comes to horses you never stop learning.

So don't feel bad for being new, or making mistakes because it's all a part of the learning process. If you get any chastising comments, just take them with a grain of salt. In the horse world, there are many different belief systems (and some people are VERY passionate about them), and now is your time to figure out what you believe, and what works best for your horse. Best of luck you, and your new Appy!!
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post #12 of 36 Old 10-07-2010, 07:40 PM
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Hi. I'm definitely a newbie, too, so you're not alone. I've been riding off and on for years but am definitely not an experienced rider. I've only cantered "on purpose" 2 or 3 times. I started leasing in December and just bought my own horse in August. I've been taking it slow and we are taking lessons.
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post #13 of 36 Old 10-07-2010, 08:29 PM
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Hi, and yes, I'm definitely a newbie! I just started taking English lessons about 7-8 weeks ago..so I am very far away from owning my own horse. xD I'm glad I'm not alone .
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post #14 of 36 Old 10-07-2010, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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SOOO glad to hear from you guys! Good to know i'm not the only newbie here! I'm not taking lessons yet, but i do have my husbands cousin coming to help me learn some. She has been riding horses all of her life so i figure i can learn a thing or two from her :)
Dannis here are a few pics of my horse Allie. Do you have any of yours you'd like to share??
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post #15 of 36 Old 10-07-2010, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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I just got my very first horse last week! I am definitely new to owning. I have been taking lessons and trail riding for a little over a year now, but I still consider myself pretty new.

Lessons are GREAT for improving confidence with horses. Let me tell you my story:

I am a life long lover of horses. I rode as a kid, but very inconsistently. A little over a year ago I found a place nearby that does trail rides, but not just the nose-to-tail rides, they will let you ride at whatever pace you are comfortable. So my first ride, I was on a dead-broke paint with the easiest smoothest trot and lope. At this time I am thinking, I am doing great, but really it's the horse that was doing great ;)

Anyway, the next time I went riding, they were asking about my experience level and with my ego inflated from my last "great" ride, I perhaps overstated my riding capabilities. So the owner tells me, "OK I have a great horse for you. He is a buckskin paint and he is a ton of fun to ride!" I was so excited, and once I saw him, even more excited because he was the most beautiful thing I have ever laid eyes on.

Well, once I hit the trail it took all of 5 minutes to realize that he was WAAYYY to much horse for me. As soon as the crew started trotting he tried to pull his way to the front, and I struggled to control him. Stupid me, didn't say anything, so once we worked up to a lope, he took off on me, galloping to the front. I nearly was spilled out of the saddle, horn holding for dear life. One of the guides separated with me from the rest of the group, and helped me control my horse until we returned to the barn.

That really shook my confidence, I felt really stupid. However, I didn't want to quit riding, so I went back the very next day, where I was quickly down-graded to the slowest horse in the lot :/ I knew if I wanted to become a better rider, I was going to need instruction, instead of just trial and error on the trail. So I enrolled in western lessons, and my riding has improved so much. I still ride at the trail place, and now I can ride any of their horses. I know I still have a long road ahead of me. I think when it comes to horses you never stop learning.

So don't feel bad for being new, or making mistakes because it's all a part of the learning process. If you get any chastising comments, just take them with a grain of salt. In the horse world, there are many different belief systems (and some people are VERY passionate about them), and now is your time to figure out what you believe, and what works best for your horse. Best of luck you, and your new Appy!!
Oh my gosh! Thanks so much for sharing your story!! :) I've had some harsh remarks made towards me some, but I always say "i'm still learning!" and i've already seen soooo many different views on what to do and what not to do! Especially when i asked about if i should take lessons or not.
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post #16 of 36 Old 10-08-2010, 02:26 AM
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I am also rather new. I have been just casual riding my friends pony when I was younger (just for fun) but I finally got my own horse last year and took a few lessons on him. Your not the only one :) dont worry. Im so glad I got into these awesome animals!!!

No hour of life is wasted when spent in the saddle. ~Winston Churchill
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post #17 of 36 Old 10-09-2010, 01:28 PM
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aww she is lovely
i have 5 in total, a 2 year old stallion, a 11 year old newforest jumping pony that i have competed throughout the uk (who i love to bits and jump very big with), a 19 year old allrounder that has retired....and then my 2 new horses....thats where i am a newbie....i have no confidence and am not used to horse paces or anything...the amount of time i have fllen off since i have had them is unreal!!!!! i will upload some pics soon
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post #18 of 36 Old 10-09-2010, 03:39 PM
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I am a new owner. I have been riding on and off my entire life, from the time I could sit! My mum was into horses and I guess she passed the "horse crazy gene" to me! I have a 9 year old OTTB that I am starting over with and we have made lots of progress. I have neighbors that have horses and I told them they could use place if they needed extra space. They did, and it got me thinking that I could have a horse now and not wait too many more years. So I found a horse and brought her home! I am learning everything as I go along, and haven't made too many mistakes yet! I too feel like I can't really contribute so much to this forum because of my lack of knowledge!
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post #19 of 36 Old 10-10-2010, 03:36 PM
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Here are my lot :)
(in order)
My 19 year old retired conamara cross tb 13.2 all rounder
My2 year old tb stallion (currently 15hh, to make 16.2)
my 11 year old 14hh new forest jumping pony that jumps 5 foot plus!
my 11 year old 17hh warmblood cross tb dressage horse
and my 16.2 warmblood all rounder that i am slowly trying to get to grips with

the bigger 2 are my new ones!!!!!
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post #20 of 36 Old 10-10-2010, 04:23 PM
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I feel like i am new again!! Its been six years since ive been in the English saddle, and i JUST got back into it.. wow. I am right back with you in learning!
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