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    08-24-2011, 07:06 AM
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Foal
Sharing a horse - what level of riding?

I am almost 14 and have a lesson every week, and have been riding for about a year, but for the first 10 months I was not at a good stables, so I was walking, trotting, cantering and jumping multiple high jumps, but not very well and I found a lot of it scary or uncomfortable because I was not ready for it. Now I have moved to a different stables and I have had to go over everything agan to get it right and my balance good. I can now walk and trot well, and am getting my canter right.

Anyway, I have always liked the idea of sharing a horse, because I know that my family would not be able to afford to own one, but I was wandering what level you would have to be at. If I ever did share a horse, my mum would not be able to afford lessons as well. I am not looking in to sharing a horse now, I would only really consider it once I am balanced at walking, trotting, cantering and jumping. I have a long way to go before I am at that level, but I was just wandering what you think.
     
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    08-24-2011, 07:29 AM
  #2
Showing
Vergo, it depends on level of the horse. You can be total beginner and still share been there done that horse. Are you talking about sharing your horse (in future) or want to share someone else's horse (and split expenses)? If former I'd look into someone experienced personally, if latter - it really depends on owner of the horse and what he/she is looking for.
     
    08-24-2011, 07:36 AM
  #3
Foal
I would be looking at sharing someone elses horse, and the expenses. I think I am just worried I would not be good enough, or not treat the horse right (as I am used to school horses who can be dead to the leg or really hard to slow down). Also, would I be able to learn things if I shared a horse, and is it worth stopping lessons for?
     
    08-24-2011, 08:09 AM
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Originally Posted by vergo97    
I would be looking at sharing someone elses horse, and the expenses. I think I am just worried I would not be good enough, or not treat the horse right (as I am used to school horses who can be dead to the leg or really hard to slow down). Also, would I be able to learn things if I shared a horse, and is it worth stopping lessons for?
Don't worry about your learning stopping if you stop taking lessons. Lessons are wonderful, even indispensable for certain stages of learning, but you will definitely continue to learn if you stop taking regular lessons and start sharing a horse.

As far as "not being good enough" goes, sometimes we are our own harshest critics. You are clearly well aware of the differences between your school horses and non-school horses, and the changes that you would have to make as a rider to accommodate those differences. Based on your posts, I have no doubt that you would treat the horse right. One of the best ways to improve as a rider is to ride different horses. Lesson barns might let you ride a different horse every week, but you'll usually be missing out on what you can learn from riding a horse who isn't dead to the leg or dull in the mouth.

Probably the most ideal sharing situation for you would be to find an older, more experienced rider with a been-there-done-that horse, who is willing to help you out, answer questions, and offer advice. Even something like a partial lease might be worth looking into - more often than you'd think, children and teens outgrow horses in terms of ability, and would rather partial lease the animal to a younger/less experienced rider to learn on, rather than just sell it.

Good luck!!
     
    08-24-2011, 10:06 AM
  #5
Foal
I don't think I will start looking for horses to share right now, because it will only make me really want to do it! I know I will just keep with lessons for the time being, but eventually I want to share, mainly because I want to have a connection with a horse and get to know them, rather than what I am doing now, which is seeing them one a week in between lots of other people riding the horse.

Thank you for all your advice, one day I want to own a horse, but I would want to lease a horse first to see what the responsibilities are like.
     
    08-24-2011, 12:58 PM
  #6
Foal
I think it's a good idea to 1/2 lease or fully lease someone's horse because you'll be helping them out financially along with giving their horse some attention and exercise if the owner has a busy schedule. It's a win win! In my experience, I've had to pay a monthly fee to lease a horse and it's practically like you own them. Plus, you could stick with your original horse or switch and lease someone else's horse if it doesn't work out. This way you still have options goodluck!
     
    08-24-2011, 01:08 PM
  #7
Showing
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Originally Posted by vergo97    
I would be looking at sharing someone elses horse, and the expenses. I think I am just worried I would not be good enough, or not treat the horse right (as I am used to school horses who can be dead to the leg or really hard to slow down). Also, would I be able to learn things if I shared a horse, and is it worth stopping lessons for?
I think you worry too much. You sound like you can ride and as time goes you will improve. So I don't see finding a right horse for lease/half-lease to be a big deal in your case. Also we ALWAYS learn something when we are on horse. And lessons are always helpful whether it's your horse or not yours. My best suggestion would be to keep taking lessons as much as you can afford.
     
    08-24-2011, 04:33 PM
  #8
Weanling
If you lived closer, I'd be open to letting you ride my horse for free. I'm actually going to be doing this when I bring my mare home and it's kind of a win-win for everyone. If I find someone who is taking lessons and just wants extra riding time, they could use my horse and work with her and teach her what they know (broodmare brought back into work). I could observe and do what I enjoy most - care for the horse on the ground. I like riding, but I like grooming more.
     
    08-26-2011, 11:09 AM
  #9
Foal
Thanks for all your input!

I don't think I am ready for leasing yet as I don't know much about caring for a horse. Maybe I could offer to help out at my stables, but I know that my mum is concerned about my schoolwork being effected buy out of school activities, as I already do voluntarily dog walking at a charity and am also looking for a job to save up money for a school trip.

Courtney: That sounds like an amazing deal, if only we were nearer to each other!

I would really love to lease a horse, but I don't think I could make the commitment or even afford it (I haven't even looked into the prices that much, but I'm guessing it would be more than a lesson a week?).

I will seriously look into leasing when I'm older though, maybe when I've left school (and by then I will probably very good at riding!)
     
    08-26-2011, 01:33 PM
  #10
Showing
I think lease is a good preparation before the buy. You'll learn a lot and you'll see if buying one is for you or not (because owning a horse requires lots of commitment not everyone likes, so some people are just happy to stay with lessons).
     

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