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post #61 of 219 Old 08-30-2011, 03:19 PM
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I would love some advice! I am a long time horse lover but have never been able to ride due to allergies. Recently learned and tested with Curlies with success and would now love to learn to ride. It doesn't help that I am head over heels for one of the geldings at the ranch. Only issue is that I obviously still dont know how to ride and can't take lessons anywhere due to the presence of normal coated horses. Any suggestions from the more experienced and knowledgable thread members would be appreciated :)
Our instructors often come to our barn to teach lessons. Would you be able to hire someone to come to you instead? If you have a place where you have been around the curly horses then likely you could find a way to ride there. It may cost more, but i suppose that is to be expected. Worth a shot though if you have a place you could ride if you knew how.
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post #62 of 219 Old 09-08-2011, 09:57 PM
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Horses can be hard to train Bud he is aunry sometimes only my fiance can ride him because he is more experienced than I am he threw me off last year and I was hurt on my arm quite a bit and I didnt cry either but it got better I got back on a horse 6 months later and thats my good horse Baxter hes calm and gentle as can be
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post #63 of 219 Old 09-08-2011, 11:43 PM
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Excellent post & amazing points. Everyone buying a horse should have to read, & sign something like this!

Sidenote: that little boy & his horse are amazing!
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post #64 of 219 Old 09-09-2011, 02:40 AM
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Originally Posted by kstinson View Post
Our instructors often come to our barn to teach lessons. Would you be able to hire someone to come to you instead? If you have a place where you have been around the curly horses then likely you could find a way to ride there. It may cost more, but i suppose that is to be expected. Worth a shot though if you have a place you could ride if you knew how.
The only issue is that she has normal-coated horses there as well. But its ok, I think I will start lessons there this fall. I went back on Sunday and my allergies are improving! I was in a paddock with normal coated horses as well as curlies, petting indiscreminately and had very little reaction =)

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post #65 of 219 Old 09-22-2011, 01:41 PM
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I just now saw this.. I haven't been on here in awhile. But that was excellent! Very well put! I have seen soooo many people jump in without researching. I love this so much, I posted a link to it on FB lol
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post #66 of 219 Old 11-16-2011, 04:57 PM
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I wish this was around when I bought my first horse. I was 16 and he was 17 but acted like an idiot. he was heard bound, hadnt worked in years and didnt care much for people. He would run me over, take off. I have now learned and I didnt get hurt. I am now 20 and I'm still looking for something trained. I would love to have an ottb like my last boy but he was extremly well behaved
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post #67 of 219 Old 11-17-2011, 08:43 AM
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This is a really great posts. It's awesome that this thread is stickied and (hopefully) everyone will read it before they do something silly.

P.S that boy is absolutely adorable - I literally squeed when he said "yes ma'am" and I hope I can ride as well as him one day :P
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post #70 of 219 Old 01-07-2012, 08:35 PM
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Confidence builder?/Right horse?

As of right now, I'm on hiatus from having a horse. It hurts not having one however trying to find that right one has been horrible. Finding a trainer has been even more difficult. Below is a horse that I called about, probably close to 2 1/2yrs ago when I was looking for a solid, been there, done that, easy confidence builder. I was VERY upfront and told the seller that I had confidence issues. I never, ever make myself sound to be a better rider than I actually am, which I hear a lot of, but am truthful to save everyone time and NOT to be matched with the wrong horse.

When I was told about this horse and the "accident" that happened, something just didnt' feel right so I told the seller that it just didn't sound like a good match, so, driving the 2plus hours to her facilty wasn't going to happen. She was a bit put out, telling me this was an awesome horse, the woman had only owned him a short time, was a total novice and there was no issue to be had with the horse. So, take a peek and tell me: does this sound like a beginner horse to you all?? or am I just being picky??

My horse was owned by a very timid rider. She would rarely lope him, mostly just walk-jog. If he ever lifted his head or tilted an ear in the wrong direction, she would get off put him up. Well, long story short, they had a VERY bad accident together and she was almost killed. She was found unconscious below him with a broken back, several fractured ribs and a collapsed lung. He was still completely tacked up (and still wearing his cribbing strap too, btw). No one knows what truly happened. I have my theory, but they are just a theory. Many people blamed him and told her to give up on him and put him down. I honestly don't believe what happened to them was his fault at all. That being said, in the two and half + years I've owned him, he has become a much more confident horse who looks to me for responses. I'm not saying he won't still have his moments, but he has gone from a Western walk/jog horse ONLY to now one who can do Western, English, Trail, Pattern classes, jump and even dressage. And now we are working on flying lead changes! (We can sometimes get them two handed. We'll get there). And just today I won high point with him at the local show I took him to!

This horse needs something like Perfect Prep Gold to help him with the anxiety that his former owner instilled in him. He just can't do the whole show atmosphere without a little booster. But then 99% of the time he has become a calm, wonderful mount who will never leave me! I love my horse ... can you tell?

Anyway, Perfect Prep is completely legal in all show divisions. It doesn't "drug" them ... more like ADD medicine for horses!
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