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    08-19-2012, 08:12 AM
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Foal
Novice Riders - What are your goals?

So I've been riding off and on since late February and as of right now am finally able to make the commitment to take weekly lessons. My boyfriend is totally supportive but after coming to watch two lessons, asked me why I want to learn so formally.

The obvious answer is that I want to learn how to ride a horse properly, and well. But it got me to think about my goals.

1. I'd like to try a schooling show in the near future and continue to show.
2. I'd like to canter by Christmas.
3. I'd like to get into Dressage or Jumping.
4. I'd like to part-board/lease a horse within the next two years.
5. I'd like to own a horse within the next 5-7 years.

And all this leads me to goal 6. Get enough work (self-employed) that I can hire someone to take on some of my responsibilities, which will afford me enough time and money to ride as often as I can (3x a week).

What are/were your goals as a novice? I'm really curious because I'm so new to the horse world and don't know about all the opportunities that are available to me as a rider.
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    08-19-2012, 09:43 AM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by Meatos    
So I've been riding off and on since late February and as of right now am finally able to make the commitment to take weekly lessons. My boyfriend is totally supportive but after coming to watch two lessons, asked me why I want to learn so formally.

The obvious answer is that I want to learn how to ride a horse properly, and well. But it got me to think about my goals.

1. I'd like to try a schooling show in the near future and continue to show.
2. I'd like to canter by Christmas.
3. I'd like to get into Dressage or Jumping.
4. I'd like to part-board/lease a horse within the next two years.
5. I'd like to own a horse within the next 5-7 years.

And all this leads me to goal 6. Get enough work (self-employed) that I can hire someone to take on some of my responsibilities, which will afford me enough time and money to ride as often as I can (3x a week).

What are/were your goals as a novice? I'm really curious because I'm so new to the horse world and don't know about all the opportunities that are available to me as a rider.
I can somewhat relate to what you're going through. Except I went around my whole horse obsession the wrong way. I bought a horse having little to no experience, luckily he was a teacher for me and then brought me to where I am today. My goal with my horse I have had for 4 years is to get him jumping successfully(hes gaited so its been a bit of a road) and I have a 4 year old Swedish Warmblood I would like to have competing in dressage. I have been riding for 6 years but actually "correctly" for only 2. So i'm trying to take lessons as often as I can afford them. I would love to take my original horse to just a fun schooling show. But most of my money is spent on my warmblood who's trainer thinks he will be the next best thing... I have extremely ambitious dreams, the horse world is such a fun place to be. Welcome!!!
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    08-19-2012, 10:00 AM
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Yearling
Well... My short term goals are to really get the canter down, master my transitions, and jump by christmas. I can easily do this because I have weekly lessons with my trainer, who is currently eventing 3 star (1 level below the olympics) and has trained with a trainer who won a bronze medal in individual eventing.... My long term goal is to go BN or Novice by the end of high school :)
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    08-19-2012, 10:16 AM
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Yearling
Good question! My goals for the rest of this year and some of next are:

*Jump a full course.
*Get a Grand Champion ribbon at a show. (Hopefully at the one I'm going to in October, but we'll see).
*Show more.
*Move on to the more advanced jumping horse by next Winter.
*Do well at the county fair horse show. (I'd like to get at least one first but the classes usually have about fifteen people so we'll see if I place at all )
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    08-19-2012, 10:51 AM
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Foal
Very good thread. I suspect I'm a good deal older than the other posters and am a "re-beginner" -- someone who rode as a teen but took a LOT of years off and am just coming back. I'm not interested in showing, just learning to be a good rider and trail-riding. So here are my goals as an older adult:

1. Ride my leased horse(s) at least 2x a week and aim for 3x -- present goal.
2. Learn to trot without looking like a sack of potatoes. I always hated trotting even when I was a fearless kid. - 1-2 months
3. Re-learn cantering. -- 2-4 months
4. Go on a long trail ride 1x a month. 2-3 months
5. Buy my own tack, including saddle(s) -- 4 months
6. Buy a horse trailer -- 1-2 years
7. Buy 1 horse and board him -- 1-2 years
8. Buy a small ranch -- 4-5 years
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    08-19-2012, 04:54 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by chrislynnet    
I suspect I'm a good deal older than the other posters and am a "re-beginner"
Me too! I prefer the term 're-rider'.

Before the end of the year I would like to...
Ride more consistently.
Get over my past fears (bad fall) and trust my good boy to pack me around safely.
Take more lessons.
Re-learn cantering.
Enter a schooling show.
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    08-19-2012, 05:19 PM
  #7
Foal
I like "re-rider!" I'm immediately adopting it. :)

I'm sorry to hear about your bad fall, yikes! Good for you for getting back to it.
     
    08-19-2012, 06:09 PM
  #8
Weanling
Good topic!

My goals are to...
-Keep up with lessons once, preferably twice, a week as much as work allows.
-Have a better seat.
-Get more comfortable with English and Hunt Seat (I've started taking lessons in it).
-Jump for the first time.
-Enter a few small, local competitions if I can find time outside of work and a horse to do them on.
-Get my own horse in the next 2-3 years, if not sooner should the situation and chance arise.
-Find a man who is as into horses and animals as I am. Yes that is a real goal of mine!
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