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post #1 of 8 Old 12-02-2010, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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Any advice for a new rider?

Wanting to learn to ride. Any advice for a newly minted rider? If I were to buy a horse what breed or type would you recommend?
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-02-2010, 07:23 PM
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Welcome to the horse forum!

I'm not sure how much you know about horses, but I would HIGHLY recommend you take lessons for a while before you go and buy a horse. Horses are a huge responsibility and there is a lot of knowledge and skill that goes into riding and caring for a horse.

Lessons are a great way to gain knowledge and skill with horses. You would be learning under somebody who has a great deal of knowledge about horses. If once you have decided you are ready for horse ownership, mentally, physically, and financially, then you should think about buying a horse.

Hope this helps!
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post #3 of 8 Old 12-02-2010, 09:34 PM
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Yep, you need to take some lessons first. Another possibility is to lease a horse. We welcome you to the forum. Thanks for asking.
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post #4 of 8 Old 12-02-2010, 11:36 PM
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Yes lessons first. Besides teaching you how to ride, you'll get a feel for different breeds. Most people quickly find some breeds more comfortable than others along with your preference for a more slow or forward horse. It will help once you start looking for your own horse.

You just have to see your don't have to like it.
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Welcome. I have been around horses since I was a toddler and I still learn something every day. You obviously care and so I would not recommend owning just yet, as you will miss things, not see things that are wrong with the horse, heck I still do this. If I were you, I would take the advise already given and take a bunch of lessons first. Maybe even lease if it is on site so the owner (if not an idiot, which is very possible) can help or just keep an eye out.

When you are ready, and heck that might be now, that's up to you - congrats. My sis goes to a health spa every year for a weekend, I get my relaxation and therapy every day with my horse. :)
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post #6 of 8 Old 12-03-2010, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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I plan on taking lessons first, that was already a no brainer, I just want to get some input and advice for the research I plan to do before I buy. I like to have my ducks in a
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post #7 of 8 Old 12-03-2010, 02:23 PM
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I agree with the people that say lessons first, just to get used to the idea of being around horses and some basic information on how to deal with them. I would also think of renting or loaning a horse for a few weeks or even a month, to see if owning a horse is the right thing for you and suits you well.
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post #8 of 8 Old 12-03-2010, 02:28 PM
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All breeds can be a great first horse, taking lessons and settling on what type of riding you want to do will help you decide what breed you might want. Though most breeds can "do it all" once you start riding different horses you may find that while warmbloods are gorgeous they aren't your typical reining horse and something super cow bred isn't always the best choice for cross country riding.

Another thing to remember is that if you are only going to be riding for pleasure, breed doesn't matter nearly as much as temperament and the chemistry between you guys.

One last side note, DO NOT go looking at green horses to buy. You want something dead broke and bombproof to get into the horse world with other wise you may end up hurt.
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