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        08-08-2010, 04:17 AM
    Green Broke
    Hmmm my mum suggest some odd things

    Out of blue like 5 minutes ago (lol) my mum was like you should teach William (my little brother) to ride... I was like on Buzz. She then went on to say how she would help and pay for feed and stuff.
    She was like it would be good when I go to uni he would be able to help with feeding and stuff.

    I thought I would share it does sound like a good suggestion except my little brother shows no interest in horses... and it was just out of the blue.
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        08-08-2010, 04:38 AM
    How old is your brother? If he's old enough, I think it would probably be good for him. Even if he never takes to it like you have, it would be another thing he could do if necessary. I would start by teaching him how to feed, muck stalls, scrub water buckets, tack and groom before teaching him to ride though. IMO riding privileges should be earned.
        08-08-2010, 04:42 AM
    Green Broke
    I think that's a wonderful idea! Do as stated above though. You never know, maybe your little brother will become horsey?
        08-08-2010, 08:21 AM
    Green Broke
    Haha I can get him to do all the dirty work mwhaha
    But if I did teach him I would teach basics first mainly because he will be riding my horse and he will ride him my way lol
        08-08-2010, 08:22 AM
    Green Broke
    Oh he's 12 by the way forgot to add
        08-08-2010, 10:09 AM
    Try it, see how it goes. You never know if he will grow to liking horses or not. We took my little brother on a trail ride once, and he hates horses now. He claims we made him gallop [trot] and that it was uncomfortable and scary. Yes he was on a sound respectful horse. Horse-riding isn't for everybody. Try it out.
        08-08-2010, 11:11 AM
    Maybe your mom knows something you don't. Maybe your brother really likes horses but doesnt want to say anything to you.

    I think its a pretty good idea. It would benefit the both of you. Just make him earn the right to ride. Explain all the bad things that happen if you don't feed...feed to much...forget to water....dont clean his stall...etc
        08-08-2010, 11:16 AM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by RedTree    
    haha I can get him to do all the dirty work mwhaha
    I like the way you think!

    One of the first things I try to teach people that have little experience with horses is how to read them. I.e. Horse body language and all the little things horses tell you without ever speaking a word to you, both in the saddle and on the ground. Especially when riding for the first time, the ears and the tail will tell you so much about what the horse is thinking - they will tell you if the horse is focusing on the rider or drifting off and staring into the bushes dreaming of dinner time
        08-08-2010, 04:14 PM
    I think that is a lovely idea! He might grow to adore them, he might not. But it's worth the try. I would also start with the chores (mucking, feeding, grooming, etc.) so he knows that horses do take lots of work. You don't just saddle 'em up every day and ride. After he has learned how to do the chores efficiently (sp?) and well, let him work with the horses more with groundwork and then start with the actual riding.

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