Originally Posted by PenelopesMom
My name is Gina I live in Central Illinois and in 11 days will be starting a new foriegn journey in life. Horse ownership...Im excited but very scared at the same time, lol. My brother in law has become very ill and can no longer care for his horse...So my husband agreed to take her on. I love horses and have always wanted to own one. I used to pay to trail ride on the robots at the park but didnt think I'd own a horse in my lifetime. I have been reading the threads on here for a week and have found a lot of very helpful information and learned a lot of new things...including the meaning of sheath cleaning, lmbo! Thankfully that is a skill I will not need. Anyways...I have never taken lessons nor do I have time. I understand that this is something that is HIGHLY recommended and wish it possible. I am a stay at home mother of 5 children ranging in age from 10 to 4 year old twins...so I am pretty tied down to the house. I do however have plenty of time at my own house. Just looking for some information that could be useful and maybe some guidance. I have been speaking with some aquaintances in my local area who have also volunteered to help me out with anything they can. We have already got our pasture ready, purchased new tack, stocked up on hay, have her stall ready in the barn as well. Now for a little about her...Her name is Penelope, she is a 9 yr old mare QH. 15.1hh and approx. 1300lbs. She is broke. I have ridden her a few times but again I am no pro...just kind of walked around the round pen for a while. She has always been a sweet horse to my knowledge and I know my b-i-l rode her frequently. I just need some advice I guess not on anything particular just anything you think I may need to be aware of. I would like to continue riding her as I don't want her just to graze in the pasture and just live her days out eating all the grass, lol. Thanks in advance and again this is a great forum...so many informatice posts and very intelligent individuals!!!
Welcome to horse forum!! And to the new world of horse ownership!!
I would take the time for Penelope to get settled into her new home first, spend time just grooming her or watching her. Seeing you have ridden at a walk in the round pen before on her, just start off with that and before you know it you will progress. I was away for horses for over 30yrs. And was 43 when I got back into them, no lessons ever. I took my time with my mare and now she's 11 and her/I have come such a long ways in our journey, I couldn't ask for more of a great partner for trail riding.....good luck and have fun......sorry to hear about your b-i-l :(