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        12-30-2010, 05:12 PM
      #1
    Weanling
    Beginner's Advice

    So. I am receiving my first horse on Saturday.

    Joy! Cheering! Huzzah!

    I can only hope that I am fully prepared. But this experience has made me ponder a question for you horse folk... What mistakes did you make as a beginner? Do you have any advice for me? Any funny or educational tales?
         
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        12-30-2010, 05:24 PM
      #2
    Foal
    There isnt anyone that is perfect. We all make mistakes. I got my first horse when I was an intermediate rider. And after I had been taking care of a barn full of horses. I can't really think of any major mistakes that I made. I had my riding instructor as well as many other boarders to help along the way.
    I think my biggest mistake was giving up on my horse. She was 13 yr/o QH. She also used to be barrel racer. I got her for a christmas present. In the spring she turned very tempermental. It would take me over an hour to catch her. I couldnt even catch her with feed. But what really drew the line with me was when I was on the outside of her stall and she bit my arm. She actually broke skin. After that I couldnt do it no more. I went for over a month with a tempermental mare. I sold continued my lessons and got another horse. I probably shouldnt have given up on her but I couldnt handle it anymore.
         
        12-30-2010, 05:33 PM
      #3
    Weanling
    The biggest mistake that I made was doing things that were popular, rather then what was best for my horse. I hung around with a lot of show people and there was certain tack that was "in" or supplements that everyone was using. I followed the trend and bought bits and supplements my horse did not need and saddles that may not have been the best fit. This was before the internet and being able to do research and have access to every tack store on the planet, was not an option.

    My advice to you. Keep an open mind, listen to advice, but only follow what you have done your homework on and know is the best decision for you and your horse.
         
        12-30-2010, 06:11 PM
      #4
    Showing
    Congrats on new horse! :)

    Be careful about advices on tack, do lots of research before buying (especially if it's a costly one). I did a big mistake listening to some people on "this will fix this" and "that will fix that" in my riding. Ended up spending bunch of money on special pad, reins, and all that junk, which (of course) didn't help (as only training can help with riding ).
         
        12-30-2010, 06:31 PM
      #5
    Super Moderator
    Good advice, RBR.

    Take your time, in all things. Training, making purchases for horse, watching and immitating . NEVER rush in horsemanship. I mean don't try to make things happen faster than they do.

    Don't compare yourself to others. Each person has different levels of ease with horses. Don't expect yourself to be up with another person of many more years experience.
         

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