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post #21 of 36 Old 10-14-2010, 09:41 AM
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I started riding a year ago but I'm still a beginner. I am currently riding in a lesson with 2 people who need to go for the level above the one I need to go for, so it's stressful. I have just learned 2-point and they are doing small jumps, so it's hard on me, specially with an instructor trying to get the best out of me but going about it wrong by assuming I know what to do, and just don't "listen"....but then again she's not the best full-time instructor, because she doesn't seem to understand the need to talk to people and work up a case as to why you can't/won't do something so you can both figure out why it's not happening properly...she for some reason just assumes that when she says something that you can instinctively do it then, and forever after without being kindly reminded, not yelled at.

But I recommend lessons, they help you fix what needs to be fixed, and NOT pick up bad habits, because you know we all do, who here constantly and always drives with there hand on the wheel? I know I'm a beginner driver and I keep falling into that trap haha

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post #22 of 36 Old 10-15-2010, 04:47 PM
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New to riding here. Ive been taking lessons with my 6 year old dd. We plan to buy 2 horses buy next spring. My dh has been working with horses on a farm in iceland but I wanted to get some experience for myself. We dont own horses of our own but we live in a farming area and are surronded by them. We often take them from the fields onto our property to eat up the grass. I have 2 in my backyard right now where I plan to have our own.
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post #23 of 36 Old 10-15-2010, 05:07 PM
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I've been riding on and off since I was 11 and I'm getting a BLM Mustang next weekend. I know nothing about owning a horse so it will be quite an experience haha.
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post #24 of 36 Old 10-15-2010, 07:56 PM
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Let me make you feel better :)

I have owned my mare, Stargazer, for 18 years, trained her myself with no more than a book and a huge love for her, I followed that book to the word. I ended up with a horse that I could do that with out of pure luck. I dont know a lot about horses in general at all. I can ride her like a pro but put me on another and I feel like a brand new rider everytime. Pure luck landed me with an amazing horse out of that experience.

6 years ago Stargazer was bred accidently by a friends 10 month old mustang colt that was in our field. So we were blessed with a little mustang surprise. When she was born I worked with the fillie the same as I had her mom and she was coming along great when I broke my shoulder and had to take a huge break in working with the horses. Years of surgery and physical therapy passed and now I am recovered fully.

I am now overwhelmed with an 18 year old mare with no manners due to not working her and a 5 year old mare that thinks she is a big dog. I have just started her groundwork again and she is the opposite of everything her momma was. She is not going "by the book", and it seems the more "traditional" I get with her training the more she resists. She was doing whatever I asked of her until I was told that my way is the wrong way.

So long story short I guess 18 years later and Im still a newbie in all aspects that really matter.

Discouraging for me may mean encouragment for you, just because someone says they have had horses all their lives does not mean that they are pros.

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post #25 of 36 Old 10-15-2010, 07:59 PM
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I've been training horses for about five years now, but I just started riding this summer...I learnt to walk/trot on a two year old who had about four days of riding, and I'm now learning to canter on a three year old.. who hasnt cantered yet with a rider. I've also started taking a couple of lessons a month at a nearby stable ;)
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post #26 of 36 Old 10-15-2010, 08:09 PM
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I got my first horse two years ago although i have been riding for four and still feel as though i don't know anything i guess the more experiences you get the more you learn but the thing is you can't get frustrated i got frustrated all the time on my 5 year old and i got nowhere
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post #27 of 36 Old 10-16-2010, 01:33 PM
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I'm new2horses too I rode for the first time this year. Well, not counting the time I went on a nose-to-tail pony trail ride when I was 12 LOL. My first ride experience. The "instructor" thought it would be a good idea to put me on a barn sour Arabian mare. I didn't fall off but my entire body was in pain for weeks! Then I started taking english lessons on an appendix horse named Lucky. She was sweet but quite lazy. Until recently I was riding a friend's horse, an older appy named Frijo. He was a good confidence builder for me and my friend was actually a better teacher than the instructors I had been paying. Unfortunately, he got a bit stubborn and nippy in his old age and I've decided to go elsewhere. I'm looking into a half lease right now. I'm so jealous of you guys who can own horses. Be thankful for it!
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post #28 of 36 Old 10-28-2010, 06:40 PM
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I haven't been a horse owner before and its been awhile from rideing, so i feel new again
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post #29 of 36 Old 10-28-2010, 06:52 PM
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:) i have had alot of help so far but when things just started going well with my new horse, i got news that i can only do a little riding now as i am going to be a mummy in may ....which is great news, but not on the riding side of things :(
have you got any pictures of your horse????
Lol, I have free-leased horses before but just bought my first horse the begining of June. She is 14.2 hands so I vowed to loose 30 pounds before I rode her more then just a walk. My horse was in really bad shape, skin and bones with a deep gash on her leg. I figured great I won't be able to loose the 30 pounds now. It was just finally all healed up and I was starting to ride her and she tripped and I had to throw myself clear. I found out a week later that I was pregnant. I was planning on riding still but then I started fainting and loosing weight from extreme morning sickness and now i'm grounded for the rest of the pregnancy :(.

Myth= Free/Cheap horses are expensive.
Indy was $150 we keep her in a pasture with a shed for free and she is brushed and fussed over dailey. Other then deworming and feet trimming she isn't costing us anything.
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post #30 of 36 Old 10-28-2010, 09:32 PM
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I feel new too! I had a horse as a child, but he was just a pasture pet. I took lessons for about 5 years, but had a 4ish year break before my Bonnie sort of fell into my life. She had never been ridden at all (3 years old), so I am slowly teaching her, and relearning at the same time. I've been taking lessons myself, and working with a trainer for her...I tell you what, it a weird feeling- It's like I know what to do, but I can't make my body do it anymore. My first lesson I couldn't even post! And I was competing not that many years ago. Plus I have had to learn about "owner stuff" since I am no longer a kid, and the proverbial buck stops with me now. :)
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