Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
You've gotten some good advise. Even though you may have waited before buying a horse, what's done is done so we'll deal with it.
What I do with a new horse could also help in your situation. I spend the first week just being around my horse. I'll groom him, pay attention to him, and just be around him. After a few days I'll tack him up except for the bridle - I'll leave him in a rope halter. I then take him around the farm with me. Whatever it is that I need to do, he is with me. This way he gets acclimated to the new surroundings and to me as well. I try not to get aboard during the first week but that really depends on the horse.
You mentioned taking lessons and that is great. What I would also do is to look up riding clubs in your area and join one. That is a great way to meet new horse people and find some riding partners as well. It will give you much more confidence to be riding with someone then riding alone - even in an arena or your farm.
You certainly picked the right age and experience in a horse so she will teach you and give you the confidence you need.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
It's not always what you say but what they hear.
Last edited by iridehorses; 11-04-2008 at 12:55 PM.