Options For Leasing
First, hello, my name is Cassie, I am new here. :) I am a college student in the Midwest. I am going to college for either hippotherapy (occupational therapy with horses) or I will be getting into veterinary medicine.
Next, my background story to help you understand my situation better.
Aside from riding carnival ponies, I began riding horses when I was about 10 years old. I started out riding my friends horses, very occasionally through early high school. In high school, I had a handful of lessons with a friend of my mom's, but she moved not long afterwards.
At the end of high school, I began working for lessons. I worked at 3 different barns in about 2-3 years. They were either too far away or no longer needed my services.
I then began paying for lessons at two separate barns, two years apart. I had a handful of lessons at each. At the first one, I was learning posting trot at my last lesson. I then moved to NY and moved back to the Midwest a few months later. At the second barn, I was stuck on "walk" for every lesson. I got bored there.
Summer 2011 I started lessons at a new barn. At first, I liked this new barn. After a few lessons, it turned out to be group lessons. I prefer private lessons but that wasn't possible. I tried sticking it out there.
I experienced my first fall there.... It wasn't so bad, I got back on and have not developed a fear. Just an awareness :)
Eventually, I began feeling ignored and stopped taking lessons there.
What I know: catching a horse (except those hard to catch ones), grooming, hoof-picking, tacking up (sometimes still have troubles with how tight a saddle should be but with an attentive instructor, would easily learn that). I can walk, sit trot (easiest on a horse with a longer stride), steering, am in the learning stages still of posting trot (just need more practice). I have cantered on a horse once during a trail ride, it was wonderful! I can multi-task (I used to have trouble steering and thinking about what I was doing during sitting or posting trot).
At one place down the road, I used to ride an Arabian. He was fast and always wanted to trot, even if the rider didn't want to. I taught him to trot when I asked him to and could easily bring him back to a walk.... His owners just let him trot. I stopped riding there because it turned out he had arthritis and he was developed pain when ridden.
The place I learned best at was where I rode the Arabian. It was basically me taking everything I learned at all my previous lessons and just practicing. It was great. I have lost faith in the trainers around here.
I was wondering if anyone thought this plan would be feasible......
I was thinking about finding a beginner-safe horse to partial lease and use the horse as practice for everything I learned from previous lessons.
I would only do this after signing a release of course, and also under supervision. And I would explain to that owner what my situation is.
I have found very nice horse owners around here and I am sure it wouldn't be too difficult. Particularly with hobbyists, not with show horses etc.
I would love your opinions.
Thank you much :)