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post #1 of 9 Old 04-11-2011, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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Wanting to know some horse basics.

I'm wanting to get into horse back riding, but I don't really know much about it. I got a book recently to learn some basics, but I was wondering if I could hear some information you all know and have experienced about horses and when you first got into horses yourself.

Thanks for the help!
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post #2 of 9 Old 04-12-2011, 11:46 AM
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I've always been horse crazy. I have home videos of when I was three asking my dad to give me a 'pony ride' on his back. I used to tie a string to the handles of my bike, and steer it using the string like reins too, but I don't suggest doing that, I fell and got major road rash on my face hahaha. I started riding because of band practice actually. I had an after school practice that got out early, so I ended up sitting outside school waiting for my mom to pick me up. A girl was sitting outside too and we got to talking, when she mentioned she rides horses. I told her I LOVED them and she invited me to her barn. So I went, and since I loved the place so much I talked to the owner about working for a free riding lesson (since our family couldn't afford to pay for them.) the owner agreed, and let me work one night a week for about a 2 hr lesson. I did that all through high school, and now I'm at Colorado State for Equine Science! :) What basics were you wanting to know about? If you ask a more specific question you'll get more answers
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post #3 of 9 Old 04-12-2011, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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Wow that's a crazy story. Well, I don't really know exactly what to ask, I guess basically what do you need to get started, how to figure out saddles and things I guess. Basically any information is welcome or any website someone could tell me that could tell me everything about taking care of horses. Like I said I just got that book that I am starting to read, but I thought hearing some peoples opinions/experiences might help some too instead of just a book.
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If you want to start with horse riding start with lessons. This way you'll see if you like it and will learn a lot about the equipment. It's kinda hard to tell about everything. Personally I just learn as I go. Like when I needed to start my horses I did lots of research on bits, etc.

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post #5 of 9 Old 04-12-2011, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the help everyone. I didn't know if there was any basic information that was good to start out with, but it looks like I'll just have to research things as I go. Any information is still welcome on basically any part of horses, mostly taking care of them I guess would be the biggest question right now. Thanks again!
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post #6 of 9 Old 04-12-2011, 03:38 PM
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You can get good information online from forums, but asking specific questions is always best, since there is simply so much to learn, as with any field.

The best way to learn is to hang out at a barn. Take weekly lessons with a reputable trainer (many aren't!) for at least a year, pick up what you can as you go along, read books, read web forums to supplement, and only after all that time should you consider buying a horse of your own!
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post #7 of 9 Old 04-12-2011, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone. Hopefully, I'll have more questions soon. If you guys have any stories about how you got into horses those are welcome, I'd be interested in how you guys got started and experiences you had when starting.
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post #8 of 9 Old 04-12-2011, 06:39 PM
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Another good way to start is to work at a horse barn. You'll learn how to care for them, what they need for food, what an illness or injury looks like and how to care for it, etc. That's where I got most of my experience! If you start taking lessons along with that, you'll be on your way. I'm pretty sure it's IMPOSSIBLE to know everything about horses, you'll always be learning something new! :)

Also, you can browse some of the topics in this forum like the riding, horse care, tack, and health threads to learn more information. Plus you'll get lots of experienced people giving their opinions which will help you be more well-rounded in your knowledge. There's a lot to learn, just have fun and do it as you go!
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post #9 of 9 Old 04-12-2011, 06:58 PM
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I'd probably go for a few lessons, and maybe do " loan a pony for a day scheme" so you can learn about the most important bit, horse management (in my opinion).
I started at a very young age as mum was into horses and had a mare. I've always loved horses but mum had to give up her horse due to finances, and it wasn't ever a option for us to get a pony as money was always extremely tight. When they could afford it we got lessons, but it was rare. One day we went to pick up horse manure and mum got talking to the yard owner and she very kindly offered to let us spend the afternoon at the yard. I was 7 yrs old!
We went every saturday we weren't needed on the allotments. We did yard work in return for learning to ride from lessons from the most amazing horseman I've ever met "grandad jim". We moved to scotland when I was 13 yrs old but with the livestock and limited grazing, so I worked at another local yard with young heavy horses and finally ended up as a groom in a private yard. I couldn't get my first horse until I myself could afford the livery so I got riley after I turned 18 yrs old.
So far I've experience huge temper tampers, a few big vets bills and loads of cuddles. One thing I have learnt tho is ever horse will teach us something different and as for knowlegde its a never ending line that we all start at some point like youself.
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