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post #1 of 47 Old 06-10-2010, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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Do we even need to take lessons to learn how to ride a horse??!

Now THAT is perfect! I've seen it on Fugly and for those who don't go there I think it's really worth to post! Horse Riding Lessons - Learn Horseback Riding from the comfort of your home | Equestrian Horse Riding | Learn How to Ride a Horse

Why do I pay so much money for my lessons! I going to quit now and just pay one-time fee - for a book!

"Imagine hitting the trails or galloping across the open fields on your gallant steed. You’ve always wanted to ride a horse, but maybe you were afraid of making a mistake. Maybe you already own your own horse, but horseback riding lessons are expensive and time consuming.

Horseback riding is an exhilarating experience, but horseback riding lessons can be expensive. Most horse back riding instructors want $30-50 an hour, and they want you to have at least three riding lessons a week. That can be $150 a week you just don’t have. Add that up over the weeks and that’s $8400 spent on riding lessons! Horseback riding lessons should not be out of reach for someone who wants to learn how to ride a horse. "
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post #2 of 47 Old 06-10-2010, 10:35 AM
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and this is why people are getting killed by riding horses.........

I think reading is an important asset to learning, but you can not learn how to ride a horse from it! Of course it helps, but you can't be corrected if something is going wrong. Please tell me people don't actually fall for this......

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C'mon now, there are people on this very forum who think by reading books and watching DVDs they can train their own horses without ever sending the animal to a professional trainer, so why is this any more surprising?

PT Barnum was right.
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I love the fake book pictures.... What a crock!
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I think some of those books look kind of neat and I bet that women makes a fortune...

I'm not sure how you can really learn to ride safely and correctly from a book or even a video but as a supplement, books and videos are great...

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I'm not sure how you can really learn to ride safely and correctly from a book or even a video but as a supplement, books and videos are great...
This is true. You can not learn to train a horse from a book or video either, even though some sects believe it to be true.
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Exactly, farmpony.

Books and videos can be helpful, but should never be considered substitutes for real, professional training, be it for the horse or rider.
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AGREED. I was alone training myself for about 2 years, came back to a proper trainer thinking I was all that and a side o' fries, and I SUCKKKKEEDDDDD. I'm still correcting my bad habbits 2 years later.

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I think some of those books look kind of neat and I bet that women makes a fortune...

I'm not sure how you can really learn to ride safely and correctly from a book or even a video but as a supplement, books and videos are great...
^^This!

I have shelves full of horse books. I love horse books!

Some are coffee-table-style horse books (given to me as gifts, 'cause they have pretty pictures), but most are instructional. And of course, they're useful. Some have great diagrams, or step-by-step instructions that make excellent printouts to give to lesson students.

As anyone on this board knows, there's nothing "textbook" about horses. A book or DVD may show you how to handle certain issues, or how a horse would be expected respond to cues. It can show you the difference between a good seat and a not-so-good seat. It can show you the difference between having heavy contact on the reins and light contact.

But seeing it in a photo or video, and actually doing it are two very, very different things. . .especially when it comes to horses. How many of us have had non-horsey friends or relatives say "what's so hard about riding? You just sit there and the horse does all the work!":roll:

Have you ever managed to get that person into the saddle to give them a lesson? Or taken them on a several-hour trail ride? Were they singing the same tune at the end of the day? Not likely.

If you're out in the arena (or on trail) and a problem comes up. . .and the thing you read about in the book or saw on the DVD isn't working on your horse, or you realize that you didn't understand it as well as you thought you did, having a riding instructor to guide you through it is worth far more than that book or DVD sitting on the shelf at home.

A good instructor can spot an issue before the rider even recognizes it's about to become an issue. . .they can tell you when what you're doing is "right" and what needs work, and help you develop your seat and your balance, and learn what it's supposed to feel like when it is done right.

You cannot get that from a book or DVD.

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I took lessons when I was 10 and took them til I was 13. Now I just watch other people riding their horses, ride with older people who have had horses their entire lives, and I do read books to pick up some horsemanship tips. The lessons helped me tremendously to start out with horses. My barrel horse and I trained each other, both not knowing what the heck we were doing, and we do pretty good now at the local shows. I'm not looking to do more than that, but I do get some occasional lessons from different people around the area to help us out with our quirks.

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