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        02-06-2012, 07:10 PM
      #71
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Country Woman    
    is the Half Arab the way to go
    And when I should I get the horse stuff like grooming things
    Lead rope and stuff like that

    I need a sturdy horse
    I am 5'6'' and 190lbs but I have balance issues with my right side
    I'm taking lessons at another barn while the ring at my barn is too frozen and nasty to use. The horse I'm riding for those lessons is a QH about the size you described, and he belongs to a guy with MAJOR balance issues on one side. I can really tell because the horse is relatively deaf to aids on one side, and tends to trot and move out of the straight - into the direction he needs to in order to protect his usual rider. What a good boy, huh?

    So, I don't know about the Arab bit, but I do know that there are QH in your size range that will carry your size, and I know that there are horses that are really good with handling riders who have asymmetrical issues (and they're not all in a therapy center or anything).

    Wait to get anything the horse will wear (saddle, bridle, halter, straps, fly mask, blanket, etc.) until you get the horse - these things aren't really one-size-fits-all, and you and the horse will be happier if you can get him stuff that really fits. The other stuff - grooming stuff, salt licks, etc etc etc I would watch for that to go on sale. Something I did got me signed up for what seems like every mail-order horse gear catalog on the planet. You, too, can have happy hours shopping for your horse from the privacy of your bed, your sofa, or your bathroom...just request a catalog from horse.com, Dover, and/or SmartPak - this should get the shopping opportunities pouring into your mailbox.
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        02-06-2012, 07:27 PM
      #72
    Foal
    I'm impressed and inspired by all our stories here. Impressed by the ones like me who've waited all their lives for their horse to come along, and inspired by the ones with all the experience, have been around horses all their lives, and are still...alive!

    This must be a good thread. The whippersnappers have copied it!

    Great stories, everyone! CW, thanks for starting this.
         
        02-06-2012, 07:46 PM
      #73
    Trained
    Your Welcome Eagle Child
    Now with all this talk I want my horse
    I tried on boots and a helmet today
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        02-06-2012, 07:47 PM
      #74
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ThursdayNext    
    I'm taking lessons at another barn while the ring at my barn is too frozen and nasty to use. The horse I'm riding for those lessons is a QH about the size you described, and he belongs to a guy with MAJOR balance issues on one side. I can really tell because the horse is relatively deaf to aids on one side, and tends to trot and move out of the straight - into the direction he needs to in order to protect his usual rider. What a good boy, huh?

    So, I don't know about the Arab bit, but I do know that there are QH in your size range that will carry your size, and I know that there are horses that are really good with handling riders who have asymmetrical issues (and they're not all in a therapy center or anything).

    Wait to get anything the horse will wear (saddle, bridle, halter, straps, fly mask, blanket, etc.) until you get the horse - these things aren't really one-size-fits-all, and you and the horse will be happier if you can get him stuff that really fits. The other stuff - grooming stuff, salt licks, etc etc etc I would watch for that to go on sale. Something I did got me signed up for what seems like every mail-order horse gear catalog on the planet. You, too, can have happy hours shopping for your horse from the privacy of your bed, your sofa, or your bathroom...just request a catalog from horse.com, Dover, and/or SmartPak - this should get the shopping opportunities pouring into your mailbox.
    Thank you for the great advice
         
        02-06-2012, 07:58 PM
      #75
    Yearling
    Wasnt sure which thread I belonged in now! I'm sticking with this one LOL...it seems I'm even closer to 40 than I thought!!
         
        02-06-2012, 08:13 PM
      #76
    Weanling
    I am joining I was 46 last week. I am an adult returning to riding in my middle age. I am currently on a weight loss plan so not riding. But I am missing riding like crazy. My mare Eva has had 4 months off work and I am hoping to have lost enough weight to start riding her again within 6 weeks :)

    When my weight comes off I plan to get into hacking and endurance and even do some LDR all over the UK with my partner. I am currently saving for a horsebox.
         
        02-06-2012, 08:25 PM
      #77
    Trained
    Good luck FellPony
         
        02-06-2012, 10:17 PM
      #78
    Green Broke
    CW, I would hold off getting a lot of stuff until you've picked out your horse.
    Generic, items like hoof picks and brushes would be a good idea to purchase, but you aren't really going to know what you need until you have your horse. Stash away your money, believe me you will need it.
    I second riding as many different horses as you can, go to riding clinics, take lessons, lease first before you buy. It will give you a better idea of what you want.
    I'm unbalanced on my right side due to a torn ligament, and just don't have as much strength in that leg. It makes sitting those QH spins hard. I wouldn't get too fixated on a particular breed, and just look for a horse that suits you.
         
        02-06-2012, 10:55 PM
      #79
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by flytobecat    
    CW, I would hold off getting a lot of stuff until you've picked out your horse.
    Generic, items like hoof picks and brushes would be a good idea to purchase, but you aren't really going to know what you need until you have your horse. Stash away your money, believe me you will need it.
    I second riding as many different horses as you can, go to riding clinics, take lessons, lease first before you buy. It will give you a better idea of what you want.
    I'm unbalanced on my right side due to a torn ligament, and just don't have as much strength in that leg. It makes sitting those QH spins hard. I wouldn't get too fixated on a particular breed, and just look for a horse that suits you.
    Thanks for the advice flytobecat
    I was planning to go riding at a local riding stable the have many different
    Horses and they have horses for lease too
         
        02-07-2012, 07:47 AM
      #80
    Super Moderator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by With Grace    
    Wasnt sure which thread I belonged in now! I'm sticking with this one LOL...it seems I'm even closer to 40 than I thought!!
    You know you're "maturing" when you:

    1. Find yourself watching the six o'clock news with the same intent your father watched and told you to "put a lid on it or get the razor strap" lollollol

    2. Wake up (without the clock) at 5:00 AM on Sunday, anxious to watch "Ag Business" on RFDTV.

    3. Had an aversion to listening to Political Pundits all your life but look forward to Rachel Maddow's caustic wit and delivery.

    4. Realize cleaning the barn really is more important for your general well-being than running vacuum; just as you always thought and not what your mom lead you to believe.

    5. Watching your horse herd interact is far more soulful these days. If you had the chance, it was always peaceful to watch the interaction but, these days that seems to bring a lot more peace.

    5.1 Which, in turn, saves a lot of $$$$ on an analyst's couch, who wants to help you "find yourself".

    6. Having battle scars from anything in this life and wearing them proudly; even if that is carpal tunnel and bad shoulders from hard work behind a desk, turning wrenches, or painting pictures all day.

    7. Still have enough grit to "jump off the cliff" but the common sense to use a parachute - figuratively as it applies to horses.

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