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    08-16-2010, 02:57 AM
Trying out a horse tomarrow, really nervous.

Not for me, I have my horse and no plans for anymore.

I use to think I'd love it if the whole family was into horses and wanted to ride, but I guess I got over it, I've become such a worry wart, not about myself, but for others! I've been a lone rider for so long and I guess I started to like riding being 'my' thing. Then my sister and her husband desided to start riding (or in my sister's case get back into riding) and get a couple horses. Well that's fine I guess, I am kind of enjoying the riding companions (even though I've had to start taking my horse out alone because she started thinking she could go alone).

But now it's my dad! He's been talking about getting a horse, and I'm just having mixed emotions. It's been a LONG time since he's rode, and now he's older (don't want to call him an old man) and more breakable, I keep thinking and worrying he's going to be thrown and get hurt. BUT I said I'd help so I have been, I know what he needs. I went and looked at one today and so far (even though he's not crazy about the bald face) I like him so me and my sister are going back tomorrow to try him out.

And I'm just so nervous, not that it won't go well and we won't buy him, but that we will!
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    08-16-2010, 03:51 AM
You sound like a very caring person. You need to quit worrying so much, though. Your dad is an adult and very capable of making his own decisions. Just because he is getting older doesn't mean that he is ready for the rocking chair. As long as he finds a nice, quiet horse that is suited to his riding ability, then he should have a great time riding and enjoying life.
    08-16-2010, 11:21 AM
Think about it this way - the exercise your dad will get from his riding will likely keep him fit and less breakable for longer into his old age.
    08-16-2010, 11:31 AM
If the two of you like him, why don't you see if you can take him on a trial basis for a couple of weeks to see if he is suited for your dad. Or, take him along to let him try out the horse to see if the two of them mesh together. A horse can sense things and if your dad is nervous, he could act totally different with him on his back.

    08-16-2010, 11:46 AM
Your father's an adult, and unless he has Alzheimer's, brittle bones, or senile dementia, I'm pretty sure he can decide for himself what's too dangerous.

How old is 'older', anyway? 45? 50? I've known people who take up riding again in their 60s, and they do just fine. At least your father isn't starting from scratch.
    08-16-2010, 02:43 PM
I know! And I don't have a problem w/ him getting a horse and taking riding up. Believe me if I disagreed I would not help him. But it doesn't stop me from worrying that something may happen. Even the quietest horse could do something. He's going about it the right way and we will find a horse that's suitable, I'm not settling for anything less. I think I'll feel better once he starts riding, just got to get use to the idea.

Don't even know for sure how long he'll stick to it, he tends to take up alot of hobbies and then get board w/ them. But on the up side the horse will be fine, he'll continue to care for him (or her, but the one we're looking at is a gelding) as a pasture pet, and we'll have an extra if we need it (I'm not assuming, he's said he wants us to ride him).

He's going to be 65, he complains alot about his back hurting and he can't stay on his feet long, not sure how the riding is going to affect that.
    08-16-2010, 02:58 PM
I don't know what breed of horse you're looking at for him, but you might want to look at some of the gaited breeds as far as his back is concerned. I know a few people with back problems that can't ride anything comfortably without it being gaited. On the other hand, my DH has back problems and says that he likes a trotting horse better because he can control his back better. It all comes down to being suited for the horse.
    08-16-2010, 03:05 PM
I understand your concern haviris, but isn't that the same argument our parents used on us when we wanted to get into horses?

They're dangerous and unpredictable! They're big and have a mind of their own! ZOMG, what if something happens and you get hurt, paralyzed, or killed?!

I've been hearing the same stuff from my parents for the last 32 years. Hasn't stopped me from riding yet.
    08-16-2010, 03:17 PM
I've thought about gaited horses, and kept my eye out for a suitable one, but the only one I found that sounded promising sold before I could see it. The one we're looking at is a Paint.

My parents never made the arguement, they hoped it was a faze so got us the first one hoping that would be it, it wasn't. The dangerou issue never came up, the money issue? Many times, but the danger issue, nope.

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